1MDB–A Symbol of Shame for Malaysia


July 22, 2016

1MDB–A Symbol of Shame for Malaysia

by Zakiah Koya

The 1MDB trio of Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, Arul Kanda Kandasamy and Superstar Najib Razak.

No one in Malaysia can open their social media accounts without having the one number and three lettered acronym staring back at them for the past few days.

As a matter of fact, that one number and three lettered acronym has been haunting us for months, but only in the past two days, someone has finally put a white shroud on it and we are now finally seeing its shape come into view.

1.M.D.B. has finally been caught by the United States of America (US) crime busters after its spree in Malaysia, US, Singapore, UAE and a few more countries.

The live telecast of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) showed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and a high powered team breaking it point by point on what they are doing on 1MDB took the internet by storm as it was announced as the “ largest single action ever brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

It was definitely interesting the way Malaysia was shamed on world stage as millions watched it live and the news was telecast, for it was truly 1Malaysia Di Bantai (1Malaysia Being Damned). And in US, where everything is BIG, this must the biggest kleptocracy in the world too, we can safely presume. Malaysia Boleh, we all say.

During the press conference, the US government announced that it is seeking to recover more than $1 billion in assets tied to international public corruption and a global money laundering conspiracy.

Lynch announced civil forfeiture complaints to recover assets associated with a fund owned by the Malaysian government that raised nearly $8 billion to benefit the Malaysian people. However, loads  of the money was diverted by high-ranking fund officials and their associates to purchase yachts, hotels, a $35 million jet, artwork by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, and to bankroll the popular 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.

In response, the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak calmly called for calm. After all, Najib was the one who started the 1MDB as Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), a sovereign wealth fund aimed at ensuring economic development for the state of Terengganu for the people of Terengganu.  Najib calmly said that one must not jump to conclusions and prejudge those named by the US DOJ.

The Star Online reported that Najib has urged all parties not to jump to conclusions over the ongoing action by the US Justice Department to seize over US$1bil (RM4.02bil) in assets allegedly linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The Prime Minister said the Government will extend its full cooperation to all international investigative bodies relating to the matter.  “We take the matter seriously on the statement by the United States’ Justice Department which was issued late last night.  I want to say categorically that we are serious about good governance so anything that is against the law, we want the process to take its course,” said Najib.

Najib said it is important to establish that it is a civil action and not a criminal action.  “And those people who are involved will have their right to say through the court process in the United States,” he said, reported The Star Online.

Yes, one must give thumbs up to Najib’s call and must not prejudge and must let the law take its course.One must also give credit to Najib’s bravery and calmness for coming out in public and saying this, despite his stepson Riza Aziz being named.

One must also applaud Najib for being very “Prime Ministerial” and not telling us who “Malaysian Official 1” as named by DOJ is. (For one must not interfere in an ongoing investigation.) Najib is ‘doing well’ by holding up his demeanour, despite the looming court case in US which may be the downfall of many in the government, or the government itself, which has been battling the 1MDB scandal for more than a year now.

While all this is happening on the internet and all this news is being bandied about by the Malaysian rakyat  who understands English, one does wonder if the rural folks may want to get it further translated into the people’s language. One does hope that the majority of the rakyat in the country does know what is going on, if only to massage the present government for temporary relief while it is going through this ordeal of shame.

So, let us hope the government of the day walks the talk and not prejudge those of us who may have our own ideas of what has really happened and will happen. Najib must also tell his ministers to hold their tongues and not speak of it and be defensive.

It would do good too for Najib to walk among the rakyat freely now and take all the questions of the media on 1MDB, so that we do not prejudge and come to our own conclusions.

17 thoughts on “1MDB–A Symbol of Shame for Malaysia

  1. Najib & Co have completely destroyed Malaysia and made the nation go on a religion race driven splitting path. All this is irreversible insanity from a government socio economic perspective. Malaysia will pay a high price and will end up like the Philippines in poverty very soon.

  2. Najib must be wondering why everything is not classified as state secrets by the stupid US government.

    Publicly on worldwide TV shaming tiny, powerless Malaysia, the US-friendly Malaysian government, the affable, Western-educated “Malaysian Official 1” who speaks with an old school English twang and his relatives and associates all of whom were educated in US universities, thus paying full tuition fees, is so unfriendly and unbecoming of a great World power like the US of A.

  3. Think about how it must feel to be under the scrutiny of the world’s media -the muttered remarks by world leaders behind your back, the lost reputation and credibility that you will never salvage. It can’t be easy. #SokongMalaysianOfficial1 #BeStrongMalaysianOfficial1

  4. “1MDB–A Symbol of Shame for Malaysia”

    “…he is now facing the full force of the FBI and the US Department of Justice. They cannot be intimidated. They cannot be arrested. They cannot be charged with sedition. They cannot be bullied” – JOHN MALOTT is a former US ambassador to Malaysia –

    CRIMINAL INDICTMENTS TO COME, EX-U.S. ENVOY WARNS NAJIB: OVER & OVER, U.S. AG NAMED RIZA AZIZ AS RELATIVE OF ‘MALAYSIA OFFICIAL 1’ – http://malaysiansmustknowthetruth.blogspot.my/2016/07/criminal-indictments-to-come-ex-us.html

  5. “1MDB–A Symbol of Shame for Malaysia”

    PRESS RELEASE

    21 JULY 2016

    In view of the latest announcement by the United States Department of Justice concerning the 1MDB scandal, the Prime Minister must once and for all come clean on the matter which can no longer be swept under the carpet. Neither can the Prime Minister pretend that this latest action is not bringing shame and scandal to the country.

    As reported in the international press and all the major news portals except our mainstream UMNO-BN controlled media, the DOJ has finally instituted legal process to seize properties worth more than US$1 billion (RM4 billion) tied to 1MDB, as part of the US$3.5 billion misappropriated from the institution.

    Announcing this at a news conference, US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch said the 1MDB officials treated the state investment fund like “a personal bank account” and “stole billions of dollars from the people of Malaysia” and that this action was part of an effort “to combat global corruption” and ensure that the US would not serve as a “safe haven to those who illegally use public funds for private gain”.

    At last, after all these months of trying to white wash the mother of all financial scandals in Malaysia, the truth concerning 1MDB has finally surfaced confirming beyond the shadow of a doubt that there was indeed a conspiracy to defraud and launder billions of the taxpayers’ money committed by those closely connected with those occupying the highest rungs of public office.

    While it is true that none of the lawsuits named Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak, specifically named are his step son Riza Aziz, Jho Low, and Abu Dhabi government officials. The assets involved include penthouses, mansions, artwork, a private jet and proceeds from the “Wolf of Wall Street” movie that it says were illegally acquired through money diverted from 1MDB of which the Prime Minister was also the chairman at all material times.

    As we have consistently maintained, Najib Razak’s decision last year to sack deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, relieve the then Attorney-General Gani Patail of his duties and displace top MACC officers who were actively involved in the 1MDB investigation strongly suggested a conspiracy to cover up the scandal.

    In light of the latest development, the Prime Minister can no longer hide behind a wall of silence and must instead address the nation on this matter.

    DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

    http://azminali.com/press-statement-announcement-by-the-united-states-department-of-justice-on-1mdb-scandal/

  6. UMNO and Hadi’s PAS are CULTS, not political parties. The real shame is we have legions of young Malays who continue to support the leaders, the corruption, the deviant, into the next generation.

    The real poser to be asked is to Khairy Jamaluddin whether he think Malaysian Official No 1 is not Najib?

  7. The issue is not whether UMNO must lose power, it must. The issue is whether UMNO must die. It’s a question Khairy Jamaluddin must answer.

  8. Brand Malaysia ?
    Other nations spend millions on public relations to promote a positive image of their country around the world.

    1Malaysia, under our UMNO Baru-BN clowns, thieves, incompetents and fools (as evident by the pronouncements of certain Ministers) spends billions to destroy it !

  9. Beyond doubt, our Malaysian System of prosecution and separation of powers is in dire need of revamp.

    Those in power continue to abuse the system. Malaysian Laws do not apply to the powerful.

  10. So sad. The anaconda thrives only because Malaysia is a land full of bangaus. O bangau, enough of excuses, it is time to destroy the snake.

    “Wad Serigala” – an inspiring poem by Pak Samad

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