1MDB Not An Overnight Monster; Likewise “Malaysian Official 1”


August 2, 2016

1MDB Not An Overnight Monster; Likewise “Malaysian Official 1”

by Dr. M. Bakri Musa, Morgan-Hill, California

Prolific Public Intellectual, and Author, Dr M. Bakri Musa

Now with the National Security Act of 2016 operative, criticisms of MO1 would be that much more difficult and treacherous. Again, that NSA did not appear overnight. It took decades in preparation, going back to the constitutional amendment of 1994 which made possible for laws passed by Parliament to dispense with Royal Assent.

That constitutional amendment, as well as the rotting institutions, is water underneath the bridge. No point wallowing in it. Yet many are still obsessed with the blame game and relish indulging their status as Mahathir’s victims. They are more interested in settling old scores or getting even on earlier slights instead of helping solve the current problem. Some let their hatred and contempt for Mahathir get in their way of rational thinking. What’s the point? All Malaysians are now victims of MO1’s greed, except for the equally corrupt few recipients of his “cash is king” mode.–Bakri Musa

The colossal corruption scandal that is 1MDB is not an overnight monster; likewise its principal rogue, “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1).

The loss from 1MDB, though in the billions, is at least quantifiable. Not so the besmirching of Malaysia’s good name by its leader MO1 being labelled the world’s most corrupt kleptocrat by the US Department of Justice.

So hideous and unprecedented was MO1’s conduct that I believe he (or maybe she) was born corrupt. Or to use Mahathir’s words in his The Malay Dilemma, it is in his (MO1’s) genes to be corrupt.

I go further. Even if you are inherently (that is, genetically predisposed to be) corrupt, you would not necessarily be so if you were to be brought up along the straight path. So the only conclusion is that MO1 in addition to being born corrupt was also nurtured by a corrupt family.

That is a near-blasphemous statement to make in Malaysia. The memory of the father of MO1 is still held in high regards by most Malaysians. Most but not all. For those not lucky enough to be born of the right heritage to benefit from the father’s new enlightened policy, the image is less pristine.

In trying to defend his (and his spouse’s) current wealth and profligate ways, MO1 once claimed that he was blessed with a bountiful inheritance. Offended by that statement, one of his siblings took the unusual step of publicly contradicting him, claiming that their father died while not quite in poverty was definitely not wealthy. At least that family has one honest member.

This MO1 has a long history, both personal as well as official. As for the personal, let’s just say that he is a smooth talking Malaysian Bill Clinton, minus the brilliance, intellectualism and charisma. There is little need to pursue that prurient path.

As for the official, as Minister of Education back in the 1990s he approved over 500 permits for private colleges during a two-year period. That was more than one application a day! You would need a lot of grease to make the normally sluggish Malaysian bureaucracy go that fast and smooth. He must have received plenty of grease to slide by all those applications.

A measure of the ministry’s “thoroughness” was that many of those colleges closed shop after their students had paid the exorbitant fees, stranding the students and disappointing their parents.

As Defense Minister he gave his buddy and Altantuya murder accomplice (Razak Baginda) millions as “commission” to buy a billion-ringgit used submarine that could not submerge. We may yet know more about that scandal as the French are reopening that corruption case. As for his buddy, he too shared MO1’s personal morality. All that is now cleansed, in the eyes of the Malaysian brand of Islam, with their trip to Mecca.

Now with MO1 as Finance Minister, should Malaysians and the world be surprised then that 1MDB is the consequence?

One person however vile, corrupt, or greedy could not possibly execute a heist on the scale of 1MDB. MO1 must have had many enablers. Not only that, the nation’s institutions must also have been sufficiently weakened and their personnel emasculated not to have noticed the massive looting. The rotting of Malaysian institutions and the breeding of those enablers too did not happen overnight.

The heads of Bank Negara, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Police, as well as the Auditor-General and Attorney-General during the looting of 1MDB were individuals appointed by other than MO1. The exception is the current Attorney General, that failed former UMNO operative. There may be some poetic justice if not perverse irony in that a few of those enablers now face the threat of being charged for treason, for not protecting MO1 vigorously or enough.

I draw a difference between those enablers versus the UMNO ministers, divisional chiefs, fawning bloggers, and UMNO Youth “red-shirts” who mindlessly defend and sing praises of the balantly corrupt MO1. These latter characters are carma types, pimps, whores and serfs; they are paid handsomely to pleasure MO1. Destroy 1MDB and MO1, and with their lifeline cut off, watch them convert to be MO1’s and UMNO’s severest critics.

Now with the National Security Act of 2016 operative, criticisms of MO1 would be that much more difficult and treacherous. Again, that NSA did not appear overnight. It took decades in preparation, going back to the constitutional amendment of 1994 which made possible for laws passed by Parliament to dispense with Royal Assent.

That constitutional amendment, as well as the rotting institutions, is water underneath the bridge. No point wallowing in it. Yet many are still obsessed with the blame game and relish indulging their status as Mahathir’s victims. They are more interested in settling old scores or getting even on earlier slights instead of helping solve the current problem. Some let their hatred and contempt for Mahathir get in their way of rational thinking. What’s the point? All Malaysians are now victims of MO1’s greed, except for the equally corrupt few recipients of his “cash is king” mode.

Yes, Mahathir let possible for all those things to happen during his watch. However, he has been off the stage now for well over a decade. Surely Malaysians could rise above and rectify his mistakes. Why blame the man? He is over 90 now. No glory in beating up an old man. Besides he is trying very hard to undo his errors. Help him succeed, and once that is achieved you could then engage in a post-mortem and assign blame.

It takes more than a little bit of humility to admit to one’s error. It takes an even greater courage to rectify it. Mahathir admitted that appointing that dud Abdullah Badawi was a mistake. Being instrumental in Najib’s ascend was also Mahathir’s mistake. Mahathir was successful in correcting his first. Malaysians should now help him correct his second–get rid of Najib.

“Why blame the man? He is over 90 now. No glory in beating up an old man. Besides he is trying very hard to undo his errors. Help him succeed.”–Bakri Musa

Malaysia would be the ultimate beneficiary, not Mahathir. He doesn’t need the trophy. If 1MD and MO1 are not destroyed, both will destroy Malaysia. Then all Malaysians will be the victim.

29 thoughts on “1MDB Not An Overnight Monster; Likewise “Malaysian Official 1”

  1. Forget attacking Najib, his senses are dead to it. What I find difficult to understand is the likes of Apandi Alik, Hasan Arifin, IGP, Zahid Hamidi, Salleh Keruak – they are NO LONGER just potentially guilty of negligence or irresponsibility..THEY ARE POTENTIALLY GUILTY OF AIDING AND ABETTING a CRIME(s)/CRIMINALS. Well, the fact is THEY ARE aiding and abetting crimes, they ARE CRIMINALS THEMSELVES now..

    Really, Najib is worth risking jail for? They have that much faith in him? I say again, its not Najib they have faith in, its Hadi’s PAS cooperation with Najib they have faith.. You do not take out Hadi’s PAS, you cannot touch Najib. You take out Hadi’s PAS in the equation. In fake, you take out only Hadi politically and its over for Najib.

  2. I just want to ask…how many years do we need to clear up the mess and rebuild our country’s image after this 1MDB madness.

    Let us start a campaign #SAY NO TO CORRUPTION#.

  3. I’m sorry to have to say this on fears of being seditious, it’s not the nons who does not want to ubah, it’s the you-know-who, be they in BN or opposition who seem to have resisted everything that one would have expected other reasonable Malaysians to do.

  4. /// It takes more than a little bit of humility to admit to one’s error. It takes an even greater courage to rectify it. Mahathir admitted that appointing that dud Abdullah Badawi was a mistake. Being instrumental in Najib’s ascend was also Mahathir’s mistake. Mahathir was successful in correcting his first. Malaysians should now help him correct his second–get rid of Najib. ///

    This is so inadequate and diluted at so many levels.

    First off, why is Mahathir in the business of appointing Prime Ministers? Who has given him that role?

    Appointing a prime minister (Badawi) of his liking and likely to do his bidding was wrong in the first place. And hounding and tormenting him till he relinquish his post was a bigger wrong.

    Appointing prime ministers is Mahathir’s small mistake. His biggest and most unforgivable mistake was his systematic dismantling of the civil institutions and the various checks and balances.

    Mahathir neutralized the royalties. He castrated the judiciary and the judges. He neutered the MACC and the police. And he emasculated the press.

    So, even if there were to be rogue PMs, with the check and balances in place, it will be that much harder to do great harm to the country.

    Mahathir humble? He has only owned up to appointing Badawi. Has he admitted his humongous mistake in destroying Malaysia’s civil infrastructure and governance?

    /// Why blame the man? He is over 90 now. No glory in beating up an old man. Besides he is trying very hard to undo his errors. ///

    To undo his errors, he has first to admit that he made them. He’s over 90 now – all the more he should fess up before he meets his maker.

  5. Dr Bakri,

    Perhaps, it is our inability to put up with MO1 that is making us to believe everything a 90 yo doctor told us that Malay gene is inferior?

    If we can trust him again, we should believe that Malay gene is indeed inferior, and in which case, it would be pointless to put another Malay tulin into MO1’s position.
    If we don’t have to believe everything he says, what is he saying again about his plan?

  6. Regime attack dogs today, dogs to be kicked around tomorrow (when they are no longer useful, or can be changed into another species i.e.
    scapegoats).

    As seen in history — Ernst Rohm and Adolf Hitler, Lin Biao and Mao Zedong,
    Lavrenti Beria and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

  7. Dato Din its all well and good we need to get in bash MO1 and his band of merry men, coterieb if you like . Meanwhile there is a drama unfoldIng in penang with a model cm who has somewhat fallen short of his halo. Yes lge needs some help in pointing out he and whole of opposition can walk some talk . 1 go on leave focus on resolving the corruption case 2. Allow one of the two dcm to take over lest everything is pure window dressing. Its important opposition represents better aspirations of public instead of responding with pure here we do umno/bn dirty style only slightly better. I am bored of responses that only when mo no 1 takes leave shall opposition will do . Do remember they have tried to go down slippery path of state dissolution but retracted thankfully. Too much wishful thinking? Good change has to start some where?
    _________________
    Narayan,

    These days, I have no time for the opposition.They are peas from the same pod. Our political culture stinks.–Din Merican

  8. Some have so much dislike for Mahathir and his past that they do not want him to have any role play in the making of a newer Malaysia. He is unforgivable and hence must be shut out. Yes, he de-clawed the royalty, judiciary and other state institutions only when he found them at critical times impediments to his ambitious goals of building up a broad-based economy, nurturing a vital Bumiputra class and having them participate in the development of the economy as well as own a significant, if not, the larger share of the economic pie. He worked hard towards this mission of his and succeeded to a large extent. Bumiputras who do not acknowledge this are being very unkind and ungrateful to Mahathir.

    What is the glaring difference between Mahathir and MO1 ? Whilst the former created prodigious wealth for the country the latter looted it all and still sits on the throne majestically surrounded by well-fed hungry wolves protecting him.

    Tun Razak, for all intents and purposes, was an above average politician, no better than Ghaffar Baba. He is no where compared to Tun Hussein Onn, Tunku Razalie, Mahathir and Anwar Ibrahim. He was Tunku’s DPM marking his time to take over after Tunku’s retirement or death. But Mahathir was impatient with Tunku for being too pro-business and pro-Chinese (controlling the economy) and doing very little to uplift the Malays. This was the seed planted into the mind of Razak (and a faster track to become PM) by Mahathir and soon after, politics took a turn for the worse before Tunku was forced to resign and Razak took over as PM. When Mahathir later became the PM he built up the economy and a thriving Bumiputra entrepreneur class. The country was rich but no longer without him at the helm.

    Salute to Mahathir!

  9. Gursharan Singh C.M.I.I.A.,

    Most Malaysians are free riders and kiasu types who want to benefit from the few who dare to challenge the establishment, one of them being Anwar Ibrahim, the forgotten man who is languishing in jail now.

    It was Mahathir who trumphed up charges to disgrace and imprison him. How cruel can anyone be to another and get away with it. Mahathir could have dismissed him since he had the levers of power in UMNO and government at his disposal. In stead, he chose to denigrate him.

    We forget that Dud Abdullah Badawi was responsible for Anwar’s release and former Lord President Salleh Abas and other judges to be compensated for wilful and wrongful dismissal by Mahathir. If he had allowed the crocked bridge and other matters to go on and did Mahathir’s bidding, Pak Lah would probably have remained in charge.

    It was, therefore, Mahathir who was responsible for the rise of Najib as Prime Minister No. 6. Making a second mistake? No. It was a deliberate one. The Tun knew that Najib is corrupt all the way with a wife who is a reincarnation of Lady Macbeth with an appearance that can sink a thousand ships.

    In all my life, I have never seen a more greedy, unscrupulous, vicious, corrupt, and ambitious Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife than Rosmah Mansor. And I knew Tun Sharifah Rodziah, Tun Rahah Razak, Tun Suhaila Hussein, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, and Datin Seri Endon Mahmood. They were exemplary women behind powerful men.

    Mahathir is the embodiment of Machiavellism and must pay the price that is coming to him as historians look at his record. Being 90+ does not absolve him from his crimes of commission. He must bear the consequences of his actions since it was his arrogance that got the better of him and destroyed his legacy.

    This illustrious son from my state of Kedah who I knew and admired when I was growing up in Alor Setar and worked for in the 1970s has let my generation down. I am disappointed with him for blowing his chances to be someone like Lee Kuan Yew who is today admired as a statesman and remembered as the builder of modern Singapore.

    Overthrowing Najib will not change the fact that Mahathir had destroyed our institutions thoroughly. I submit that he cannot be relied upon to rebuild them. He has let the evil genie out of the bottle, so to speak. Destiny has allowed him to bear witness to his work. I therefore disagree with my illustrious friend and public intellectual Dr. Bakri Musa. –Din Merican
    .

  10. Malaysia has a lot of baggage, LOTS of baggage. I don’t even know where to begin…

    Sorry for the short post.

  11. Man proposes but the Almighty disposes. Let us not worry too much but just do our part praying for our nation. The Almighty know how to handle every situation but in His own way.

  12. It is the absolute power that corrupt absolutely in Malaysia, Why Malaysian good leader like Dr. Lim Chong Eu, etc could not be Prime Minister, the minority cannot be appointed as heads like AG in judiciary, in Corruption Agency, University Chancellors, Police Chief, military commanders, etc, etc

    ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPT ABSOLUTELY!

  13. “When Mahathir later became the PM he built up the economy and a thriving Bumiputra entrepreneur class.”

    Like Daim Zainuddin, Halim Saad, Tajuddin Ramli, Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Abdul Rahman Maidin, Mirzan Mahathir etc.? Yes, true entrepreneurs all of them. You know, if you throw open the public treasury, give near-unlimited money and offer monopoly rents, anyone can be a “thriving entrepreneur”.

  14. So many are fancy about USA where the minority like Obama can be president, why Malaysia CANNOT let its minority has chance to be PM, if you are so fancy about Americans?

  15. Like they say, money is the root of all evil. There is no better example than the current situation in Malaysia. All that the nation worked for and aspired over the many decades are all out of the window because of one evil individual and his coteries of sycophants with their insatiable greed for money that Malaysians worked for which they don’t have a right to. May they all rot in hell.

  16. /// What is the glaring difference between Mahathir and MO1 ? Whilst the former created prodigious wealth for the country the latter looted it all and still sits on the throne majestically surrounded by well-fed hungry wolves protecting him. ///

    Not that glaring if you ask me. Mahathir was fortunate in that he presided over a period when the whole region was in relative prosperity. In a blizzard, even turkey can fly. High tides float all boats. Where is the prodigious wealth he created. Most went to his cronies and his sons. Untold billions were squandered in white-elephant projects or monuments. NS Highway, Perwaja Steel, Kedah Cement, MISC, Konsortium, Putrajaya, Twin Towers, Proton, ad nauseum. Very few productive investments.

    During that same period, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore had left Malaysia behind, despite the latter having all the natural resources that the 4 dragons didn’t have. Indonesia and Thailand had closed in. Where did the hundreds of billions of Petronas money gone to?

    Same same, different different. Yes, MO1 looted it within a short period – that’s why it is so glaring. The former had 22 years and many cronies to spread the goodies and gravies – hence not so glaring.

  17. What is common between Malaysia and the other oil producing countries regards governance?

  18. Well since MH370 the news has not been good. And how can you classify a mistake a mistake when a person knowing the facts does it. And for new policies experience tells us that it takes a decade for government policies to show results.

  19. I would like to highlight the following and how it has not caught anyone’s attention?

    Please proceed to the following link and see the extended corruption of this individual and his family.

    http://malaysiaflipflop.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-other-razak-where-money-will-ruin.html

    How long do the people of Malaysia have to put up with this sort of nonsense?

    Nazir was involved in outright money laundering through CIMB where the Audit Committee Chairman was removed/replaced and he was cleared of any wrong doing! How do you as a Chairman of an Investment Bank do something like this??

    Johari was a director at Deutsche Bank when it as mandated lead arranger for 1MDB syndicated the loans. He was also instrumental in the Perak constitutional crisis.

    His son Nizar was a Director at Deloitte when 1MDB was audited by them and Nizar himself signed off the Audit Certificate.

    There is also the recent law suit by Primus Pacific Partners against Goldman Sachs relating to the EON Capital deal where all brothers were involved by virtue of Nazir providing banking services through CIMB, Nizam and Johari sitting in Hong Leong Boards and Najib providing approval.

  20. For all his brilliance, nanogenerian is singularly flawed by his arrogance. If only he owned up to past transgressions and seek forgiveness to all he has wronged then this stalled nation can start moving again. The arduous task can commence to strengthen our values and virtues, to rehabilitate our weakened institutions for the younger and future generations to build on. It is not too late to do the right thing. Over time 1MDB fiasco would be a historical footnote. But would he seek redemption?

  21. Yup MalaysianPartisan, it’s all a dog and pony show!
    So them Razaks are the Sons of the Soiled?

    It never ceases to amaze me, what our mushy brained compatriots are willing to believe.. Being taken for a ride in a soap opera or rather a tragicomedy out of desperation..

  22. The people suffer and blame the fight between Mahathir and Najib- the former for for deepening of entrenched Umno Baru’s Culture of MACCP,(=Money politics,Abuse of power,Corruption, Cronysm and Puppetry=Mahathirism), the latter, who was born in the rogue culture, expanded it , that had led the country to this dire state of affairs.

    The people will be beneficiary, if the rogue culture of MACCP is destroyed, not just destroying Najib and or Mahathir–and be replaced by ACGT, Accountability, Competency, Governance and Transparency, which is the building block of any benevolent government, universally.

    Obviously time is not on our side

    Finding a leader and leaders who subscribe and committed to such virtues and principles is the ONLY solution in Saving Malaysia that every Malaysian cherish and love.- that is the view and hope that had persistently expressed for the past several years throughout my previous comments. Most if not all, Malaysians would agreed.

  23. “I am disappointed with him for blowing his chances to be someone like Lee Kuan Yew who is today admired as a statesman and remembered as the builder of modern Singapore.” – Din Merican.

    You could not have summed it any better, Pak Din.

    This sneaky devil squandered his chances of making good his legacy and had it permanently imprinted by putting a corrupt and a wife-fearing man at the helm. For that we, the poor rakyat, have to suffer for eternity. He knows, for sure, how this Pekan idiot gonna perform with an Imelda Marcos clone for a wife.

    Malaysians hold you responsible for the mayhem that you have wrought upon this bountiful country, Madey!
    ____________________
    Tok Cik,

    It is speaks volumes of the Malays when we have to depend on a 92 year old to do the fighting for us. What an irony and twist of fate. Frankly, we deserve to disappear from the face of this earth. Recently, I saw a picture of an UMNO idiot kissing the hand of Rosmah Mansor. It made me sick.–Din Merican

  24. Wrong ways, how is MH 370 related to stagnant politics? We in the aviation maintenance training field conduct courses in Human Factors. Perhaps you might want to teach a course in Human Factors with an emphasis on Stagnant Politics to our next class of Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. It will be enlightening

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