Government Urged to Restore Public confidence in MACC and PDRM [Press Conference]

A group of 37 NGOs today released a press statement calling the government to restore public confidence on MACC and PDRM. A press conference which was attended by the representatives of the 8 of the NGOs was held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall: Zaid Kamaruddin, the  Chair of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)  cum Deputy President of Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia , read out the statement during the press conference. He further stressed the importance of police and authorities maintaining public trust and confidence and hoped that it…

Read More

DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) said whatever information it has released regarding its 1Malaysia Development Bhd civil lawsuits are based on details that it believes can be upheld in court. However, it also cautioned that one should not draw any conclusions about the guilt or innocence of anyone simply because they had been named in the documents. The DoJ told Malaysiakini via email: “The law requires we allege sufficiently detailed facts to establish a reasonable belief that we will prevail at trial. “This means we have to allege…

Read More

Breaking Down Democracy: Goals, Methods, and Strategies of Modern Authoritarians [Report]

Key Findings Modern authoritarianism has succeeded, where previous totalitarian systems failed, due to new strategies of repression, the exploitation of open societies, and the spread of illiberal policies in democratic countries themselves. Russia, under President Putin, has played an outsized role in the development of modern authoritarian systems, especially in media control, propaganda, the smothering of civil society, and the weakening of political pluralism. The toxic combination of unfair elections and “majoritarianism” is spreading to illiberal leaders in what are still partly democratic countries. Increasingly, populist politicians—once in office—claim the…

Read More

Nice Money For Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC)

20th June The Treasurer General of the Malaysian Indian Congress has been amongst the most vocal defenders of the Prime Minister with respect to the devastating new findings of the DOJ. Yesterday S Vell Paari came out supporting a list of all the top comical excuses drummed up over 1MDB: Malaysia had not been consulted, he lied; Malaysia is still investigating 1MDB, he again lied; the new case holds nothing new, he yet again lied; this was all a plot by unnamed Malaysian ‘opposition figures’, he then claimed and to…

Read More

PMO calls latest DoJ suits ‘unproven allegations’

THE unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals by the US Justice Department (DoJ) will only open the door to domestic political manipulation and interference, said the Prime Minister’s Office today. In a statement issued early today, the Prime Minister’s Office noted its concern that there was a motivation that went beyond the objective of seizing assets in the DoJ’s latest filing. “We note the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) latest civil lawsuits brought against various assets. The Malaysian government will fully cooperate with any lawful investigation…

Read More

Najib Dished Out Over Half A Billion From 1MDB Slush Fund For BN Election Expenses (Sarawak Report)

Sarawak Report now has comprehensive figures, showing exactly how Prime Minister Najib Razak distributed the money he stole from the 1MDB Development Fund during the period of the last 2013 election. Apart from tens of millions spent on luxury goods, jewellery shops, motor-car retailers and the odd handout to family members, associates and consultants, the majority of the spending went on UMNO and its political allies. The handouts total over RM600 million, which Najib himself dished over in a series of more than 130 cheques signed out of the accounts…

Read More

U.S. Seeks to Recover Approximately $540 Million Obtained From Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund (DOJ)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $540 million in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. Combined with civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, seeking more than $1 billion, and civil forfeiture complaints filed last week seeking approximately $100 million in assets, this case represents the largest action brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. Assets now subject to forfeiture in this case total…

Read More

#hungparliament : WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

(Scroll down to read the article in the Malay language. )   The media is abuzz with the term: a#HungParliament. Fret not! Nobody will be hung / hanged out to dry or die. It simply means that there is no political party (or a pre-election alliance or coalition) that wins a ‘simple majority’ – meaning 50% + 1 of the seats – thus will be able to form a government in its own right. What will happen then? Well, many possibilities! [1] But let us look at the process step…

Read More