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Scorpene submarine deal resurfaces

Submarine deal resurfaces: Najib quizzed, Razak Baginda may be next

EXCLUSIVE | MACC has re-opened its investigations into the purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines when former premier Najib Abdul Razak was the defence minister.

Sources told Malaysiakini this was the reason Najib was summoned to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya this morning.

“The case has been reopened,” said a high-ranking MACC officer, who declined to be named.

Sources said investigators working on the case, in which kickbacks were allegedly paid for the 2002 purchase of the submarines from France, might also call in others to facilitate the probe.

This, according to one of the sources, includes Najib’s former close associate Abdul Razak Baginda.

The submarines, which were purchased to beef up the navy’s fleet, had been named KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Razak.

The former arrived in Malaysia in September 2009, followed by the latter in July 2010.

Media reports stated that Najib arrived at the MACC headquarters about 9.30am to facilitate investigation over an unspecified case.

Mongolian national Altantuya Shaaribuu, who was murdered by two former elite police personnel, was also implicated in the deal.

However, documents which surfaced in 2013, including a contract signed on June 5, 2002, between the Malaysian government and French supplier DCN International, Spanish supplier Izar Construcciones Navales, and Malaysian service provider Perimekar Sdn Bhd had debunked this.

Razak Baginda, who confessed to having an affair with her, was acquitted of abetting the crime.

Najib has repeatedly denied having any links with the case.

In May 2018, former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram urged the authorities to reopen the probe into the Scorpene deal.

He said it is necessary to relook into the purported kickbacks in the case owing to the other related allegations.

“This includes the handing over of suitcases of cash, coupled with a spending spree in Paris, as well as the dastardly murder of Altantuya.

“One may well ask why former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail did not secure the arrest and detention of two police officers pending the public prosecutor’s appeal to the Federal Court,” he added.

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Former police special operations personnel chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in January 2015 and sentenced to death.

However, Sirul (photo) had fled to Australia when the pair was acquitted prior to the Federal Court overturning the decision.

In January 2016, it was reported that a former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, the French company alleged to have paid the commissions to Najib and the Malaysian official, was indicted in a French court over the deal.

According to AFP, Bernard Baiocco, 72, former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia), was indicted on Dec 15, 2015 for “active bribery of foreign public officials linked to Najib Razak.”

The report named Razak Baginda, who is a former political analyst, as the person who allegedly received the kickbacks.

Submarine deal resurfaces: Najib quizzed, Razak Baginda may be next
Hariz Mohd
19 Nov 2018 – Malaysiakini


Land deal: Defence Ministry’s ‘explanation’ raises more questions

Land deal: Defence Ministry’s ‘explanation’ raises more questions

The Defence Ministry’s revelation that it was involved in land swap deals with private companies raises more questions, the NGO of former military servicemen, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot), said.

The movement’s leader, Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji, said caretaker Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak could bring clarity to the matter by answering four questions:

1. What is the name of the company appointed to execute the Ministry of Defence development projects and also the land swap privatisation projects?;

2. Who are the owners of that company?;

3. How do members of the Armed Forces, those uniformed men and women, and the Armed Forces benefit from such land swap privatisation projects?; and

4. Why are deals made in this land swap privatisation projects shrouded in secrecy?

Mohamed Arshad said Patriot was “disgusted” that yet another scandal, this time involving land swap deals, was shrouded in secrecy and demanded transparency.

Yesterday, the Defence Ministry dismissed allegations by former cabinet minister Rafidah Aziz (photo) that all Armed Forces land in the country was now in control by a company owned by three individuals.

Rafidah had claimed that Najib, as defence minister, had tabled a cabinet paper on this in 2007. According to Rafidah, she was the only minister to question the deal.

On Saturday, Rafidah had urged Najib to name the so-called company controlled by three individuals.

However, the Defence Ministry said any land deal involving the ministry undergoes a rigorous process of vetting and procedures are set by the Public Private Partnership Unit (Ukas).

“Every project involves different companies which do not have anything to do with one another.

“Every privatisation project which uses the land-swap deal method has to be discussed in detail by a ministerial committee and by a Ukas committee before it can be brought before the cabinet for approval in principle,” the ministry said.

“Once this approval in principle is given, the project proposal then has to be brought once again before the Ukas committee chaired by its director-general. It also has to be brought before the Public-Private Committee chaired by the chief secretary to the government.

“There are several stages which any proposal needs to go through before it can be brought before the cabinet once again for every detail to be examined.”

The Defence Ministry did not name any of the companies involved in these projects.

Land deal: Defence Ministry’s ‘explanation’ raises more questions
11 april 2018 – malaysiakini


Who authorised you to commit Malaysian troops to Middle-East, Hisham asked

Who authorised you to commit Malaysian troops to Middle-East, Hisham asked

DAP leader P Ramasamy says Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein cannot act on his whims and fancies but must think things through.

KUALA LUMPUR: A DAP leader today asked under whose authority Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was willing to commit Malaysian troops to the Middle-East.

Describing Hishammuddin’s statement that the armed forces were ready to be deployed to the Middle-East if the situation warranted it as “irresponsible”, Ramasamy said a country’s defence minister should not act on the basis of whims and fancies.

He said no defence minister could or should commit the armed forces for a distant cause without proper understanding of the situation.

“I would like to know who authorised Hishammuddin to prepare the army to be deployed in the Middle-East? Was there a special session of parliament on this matter for the matter to be debated?”

Ramasamy asked if it was a mere political statement or was Hishammuddin trying to please the Arab Muslims by showing “the good intentions and loyalty” of Umno leaders for the Palestinian cause, or was it to get the support of the Malays in the coming general election.

Hishammuddin, who is also Umno vice-president, said the Malaysian Armed Forces were prepared to head to the Middle-East if Malaysia’s services were needed there, following the US government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, during his winding-up speech at the 71st Umno general assembly.

Ramasamy said in a statement: “Yes, Malaysia and many other countries are incensed by the action of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.”

Many Muslim and non-Muslim nations which are keen to resolve the long standing quest for a separate Palestinian state are unhappy with this recognition.

However, Ramasamy, who is also Penang deputy chief minister II, noted there was no imminent danger of an all out war in the region.

The recognition of Jerusalem, he said, might result in large-scale protests and even low key attacks against Israel but not a major conflict that might predispose the United Nations to despatch peace keeping forces.

“There is no possibility that such a situation might arise, but if it does it will doubtful whether Malaysia will be asked to send troops for a peace-keeping mission.

“Given this, I don’t know why Hishammuddin had to jump the gun by saying that Malaysia was ready to send troops to the Middle-East.”

Who authorised you to commit Malaysian troops to Middle-East, Hisham asked
December 12, 2017 – FMT


Malaysia ‘ready’ to send military to Jerusalem if needed – CNBC

Malaysia ‘ready’ to send military to Jerusalem if needed

Malaysia is ready to send military forces to Jerusalem in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital, the Southeast Asian country’s defense minister said over the weekend.

“We are ready for any orders from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces … should our services be needed,” Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a speech on Saturday, according to The Malay Mail Online.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has long supported Palestine’s quest for independence from Israel, a decades-old struggle that remains a defining element of Middle East politics.

“We were shocked earlier this week with the worrisome news that would affect global geopolitical stability,” Hussein was quoted as saying.

The defense ministry did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital and its status remains a contentions issue between the two. In siding with Israel on the matter, the U.S. president has angered several of America’s allies in the Middle East and beyond, triggering violent protests in Palestinian territories, Jerusalem and Beirut. On Sunday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at a Jerusalem bus station, Reuters reported.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said that while he rejected Trump’s decision, bilateral ties would not be affected, local newspaper The Star said on Sunday. Trump’s action could also complicate progress on a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, Najib warned.

Malaysia ‘ready’ to send military to Jerusalem if needed
11 Dec 2017 – CNBC


Massive data leak trail leads to MCMC’s phone blocking system

Massive data leak trail leads to MCMC’s phone blocking system

SPECIAL REPORT | Information has surfaced that suggests personal data stolen from
telecommunications companies (telcos) may have been destined for the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) system intended to deter mobile phone theft.

The leaked telco data was part of the larger trove of stolen data, which was first highlighted by on Oct 19, after an attempt by an unknown user to sell them on the technology portal’s forum.

Malaysiakini in this KiniGuide report explains the nature of the stolen data, which included a jobs portal, a foreign exchange trading platform and medical associations, which may have been sourced from separate cybersecurity breaches.

However, an analysis by Malaysiakini has uncovered details of how the breach specific to the telco data may have occurred.

In the analysis, Malaysiakini found several file names of the telco data containing either the word PCBS, MCMC or SKMM. File names from at least six telcos had used these references.

MCMC and SKMM are abbreviations for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, while PCBS is short for the Public Cellular Blocking Service.

The PCBS, launched in February 2014, was an initiative by the MCMC to provide a service that allowed stolen phones to be blocked from making calls, texting or accessing the Internet – even if the sim card is changed.

For this purpose, the Malaysian Central Equipment Identity Register (MCEIR) was created, which is a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, a unique serial that can identify every mobile phone in the country.

The leaked telco files, on top of personal information, also contained IMEI and were last modified between May and July 2014.

A telco executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Malaysiakini that the telcos had compiled a database of their users and handed them over for the PCBS.

PCBS has been outsourced

In 2014, the telcos also sent notices to their customers that their personal data will be released to the MCEIR. These notices are still available on the websites of most major telcos.

However, the PCBS was not managed by MCMC itself but outsourced to private firm Nuemera Sdn Bhd.

Massive data leak trail leads to MCMC’s phone blocking system
27 Nov 2017 – malaysiakini


Pua takes MCMC to task over data breach

Pua takes MCMC to task over data breach

THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Information and Communications Ministry need to assure Malaysians that their private data is protected and any breach will be thoroughly investigated, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

Pua said it was surprising that the MCMC, which was so quick to track down those who insulted the prime minister, was so slow to act when the confidential data of tens of millions of people were stolen.

“Is it because the public sale of stolen personal data also exposes how MCMC is toothless in enforcing the Personal Data Protect Act passed in Parliament in 2010?

“Or is the MCMC protecting all the ‘big’ players in the market, from telecommunication companies to banks to government agencies, from being charged for breaking the law by their failure to take adequate measures to protect the privacy of their customers’ data?” asked Pua in a statement late last night.

The DAP national publicity secretary also took MCMC to task for instructing to remove its report instead of investigating the matter.

The data stolen, he added, could have included Malaysians’ bank details, mobile phone numbers, addresses and emails.

“Clearly, the magnitude of this sale of Malaysians’ private data should be a cause for concern. So why is the first move by the authorities at MCMC to block the report? Why is it that after two days, MCMC has yet to make any comment on the issue?,” asked Pua.

“Perhaps, instead of political policing, it is time they focused on policing cyber threats and protecting Malaysians’ privacy.” reported on Thursday that stolen personal data belonging to millions of Malaysians were open sold on its forum.

The online forum told The Malaysian Insight it had decided to publish a report to warn users of the breach after MCMC failed to respond to its alert on Wednesday evening.

Pua takes MCMC to task over data breach
21 Oct 2017 – TMI


IGP praised for speedy probe on Jong-nam’s murder, but not 1MDB

IGP praised for speedy probe on Jong-nam’s murder, but not 1MDB

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has been pressed on when the police would complete their probe on a battery of 1MDB-related reports lodged against Malaysian Official 1, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali and Parliament speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

“Congratulations and well done to Khalid for steering… (the investigation into) Kim’s death, (which) is now in court.

“The 16 days it took from the murder to the charging of the two foreigners on March 1 shows police could complete its probe within 16 days,” said lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who represented former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a number of cases, in a Facebook posting.

Haniff was referring to the Feb 13 assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the low-cost terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA2).

“However, I would like to remind Khalid there are various reports since 2014 where probes have not been completed regarding 1MDB,” he added.

This included the identity of MO1 as revealed by the United States Department of Justice, and Apandi for not taking action on the investigation papers filed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Haniff reminded Khalid the police reports filed by former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan in December 2014 in relation to the 1MDB scandal.

He added that following the DOJ action in the California courts in the US, multiple reports were also lodged nationwide last July.

In November last year, Khairuddin made a police report against Pandikar for allegedly derailing parliamentary democracy.

Pandikar had at a press conference said three former ministers may have broken several laws when they brought up the 1MDB issue while debating Budget 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat.

Last January, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Anina Saadudin lodged a report over the alleged dual identity of Jho Low @ Eric Tan following Singapore’s court evidence on the transfer of 1MDB funds to Tanore Finance Corporation and Falcon Private Bank Switzerland.

“Aren’t the issues raised in the reports of public interest which contributed to the present social and economic problems that have a bigger impact to Malaysians compared to Kim’s death,” he posed further.

“Till today … there are no official announcements made by the police on whether investigations to these matters have been completed or the investigation papers are with the AG for further action.

IGP praised for speedy probe on Jong-nam’s murder, but not 1MDB
4 Mar 2017 – Malaysiakini

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