Saturday, 13 October 2012

Can Malaysians continue to rely on Najib, BN?

Can Malaysians continue to rely on Najib, BN?
(With a whistlebower's update at the bottom)
By Chua Jui Meng
Najib met Soros in Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel on Sept 27, 2010
I HAVE known some double tongue people but Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak really takes the cake when it comes to double-speak, that too without the blink of an eyelid.
He not only blatantly double-speaks, he also applies two sets of laws - one for his Barisan Nasional (BN)-Umno cronies and another for others - to suit his and BN-Umno’s agenda.
Najib also abuses all government law enforcement agencies to intimidate his political rivals.
To avoid repeating what has been reported, I have reproduced three Malaysia Chronicle articles below for the details.
On the first article, TRUE COLORS: No need to tell source of Musa’s RM40mil ‘donation’ – Najib”, if the money was for the Opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR), I dread to imagine the might of the full force of the BN-Umno law enforcement agencies that will be used to clamp down on the PR and its “donors”.

Mahathir Mohamad welcoming Jewish currency trader George Soros with open arms.
I really wish to see whether Najib will respond the same when the PR receives similar donations!
We are already witnessing how vindictive the BN-Umno is towards human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Suaram.
After the BN-Umno-controlled Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police refused to probe the alleged corrupt deals in the multi-billion-ringgit purchase of Scorpene submarines from France, Suaram lodged a complaint with the French authorities.
The Scorpene submarine purchase scandal has become the butt of jokes among Malaysians for BN.

Two judges were then appointed to probe the allegations and many documents have been found showing “commissions” were paid in the purchase. The investigations are ongoing.
Till today, the MACC still refuses to start a probe into the purchase by the Defence Ministry, then helmed by Najib.
Instead, using the Jewish card, all enforcement agencies are now being used to clamp down on Suaram to intimidate its leaders.
The BN-Umno government-controlled print and electronic media then ran amok, questioning Suaram’s source of foreign funding and donations from, among others, Jewish currency trader George Soros.
Mind you, in Malaysia, Jewish or Yahudi in Bahasa Malaysia is sensitive to the majority Muslim populace.
BN-Umno then even tried to tarnish PR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s links with Soros.
However, when pictures of former premier Mahathir Mohamad with Soros and leaks of Najib’s secret meeting with Soros in the US surfaced in the internet, there were no such amok-like reports in the controlled media.
Najib even had the audacity to ask what’s was wrong for him to meet Soros! Is he insulting the intelligence of Malaysians?
Najib’s blatant double-speak and arrogance can only be due to Umno’s 55-year rule of Malaysia. And he and Umno-diehard supporters and cronies behave and believe Umno and BN are infallible.

No action was taken against Nor Mohamed Yaacob, now a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, for the Malaysian Central Bank’s RM30 billion in losses in the international Forex market. He is seen here with Jewish currency trader George Soros.
The BN government’s plundering of the country’s wealth is believed to have stacked an RM800 billion federal debt, according to Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Muhkriz Mahathir, thereby likely breaching the legislated debt-ceiling.
This means we are heading towards the way of Greece – bankruptcy.
And, being described by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt countries in the world is cause for concern as it rattles the confidence of both local and foreign investors.
Come on Malaysians. Can we afford to continue relying on the 55-year-old BN (formerly Alliance) state and federal governments?
Here are the three Malaysia Chronicle articles that expose the true colours of Najib and BN-Umno:

Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:14
TRUE COLORS: No need to tell source of Musa's RM40mil 'donation' - Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, — Datuk Seri Najib Razak refused tonight to disclose the source of a political donation received by Umno Sabah that was the subject of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman.
“It is a political donation. All parties have a right to receive political donations. As long as it is through the right channels, it is not an offence,” the Umno president (picture) told reporters after chairing a Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting.
“We are not at liberty to disclose... the opposition also receives donations and they don’t disclose,” he said.
Yesterday, Parliament was told the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had cleared Musa of graft and money-laundering allegations after finding that the over S$16 million (RM40 million) allegedly channelled to the Sabah chief minister through corrupt means was meant for Sabah Umno’s use.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the Attorney-General’s Chambers had shelved the matter after finding no element of corruption in the case, which was first raised by whistleblower site Sarawak Report earlier this year.
In April this year, Sarawak Report had revealed documents allegedly from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) showing that a Sabah lawyer was holding some US$30 million in a Swiss bank account for Musa.
The report also claimed that a paper trail showed that the millions in euro as well as US, Hong Kong and Singapore dollars had been channelled from several firms managed by Hong Kong-based timber trader Michael Chia to a number of British Virgin Island companies and subsequently to the lawyer’s Swiss account.
Musa has since denied any link with Chia, who was arrested and charged with money laundering after attempting to smuggle S$16 million (RM40 million) back to Malaysia in 2008.
According to media reports, Chia had at the time allegedly told the Hong Kong authorities that the money belonged to Musa.
Musa had previously accused Sarawak Report of defaming him, claiming the graft allegations were likely part of a conspiracy by his detractors who wanted to topple Barisan Nasional (BN) in the east Malaysian state.
He had said he would offer full co-operation to the authorities if he was required to but stressed that in the meantime, his focus was on serving the state instead of “entertaining these frivolous allegations”.
Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) said today it was appalled with the government’s conclusion that “no element of corruption was proven” in its investigation of Musa.
The anti-graft watchdog urged the authorities today to ensure a full disclosure of the political contribution.
-The Malaysian Insider
Friday, 12 October 2012 19:00
IMAGINE, if Michael Chia's RM40mil was a donation to Anwar or PR and not UMNO!
Written by  Lim Kit Siang
The case of the Sabah businessman Michael Chia caught red-handed at the Hong Kong International Airport on August 14, 2008 with RM40 million cash in his luggage before he could board a flight to Kuala Lumpur is bizarre enough but even more weird is the utter indifference and unconcern shown by the authorities to the case purportedly because the RM40 million which Chia was trying to smuggle into Malaysia from Hong Kong were political contributions to the state Umno and not for Chief Minister Musa Aman’s personal use and that “no element of corruption was proven”.
Malaysians could imagine the prolonged nation-wide furore that would have ensued if the RM40 million cash Chia had been caught red-handed at the Hong Kong International Airport trying to smuggle into Malaysia had been meant for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or anyone of the three Pakatan Rakyat parties!
The leaders at various levels of Barisan Nasional component parties and their mainstream mass media would have competed, day-in-day out for weeks, demanding full accounting and action by the authorities, including throwing the books on corruption or money laundering.
Where is Najib's 'natural abhorrence to corruption' now
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak would have trotted out his exhortation at the recent International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) conference in Kuala Lumpur on the critical and crucial importance to instil “a natural abhorrence to corruption” among people in positions of power and authority.
UMNO/BN Ministers and leaders would have issued one warning after another about treachery, traitors and the betrayal of the nation from the dangers and evils of foreign funding, particularly dirty money while dubious organisations and individuals would have crawled all over the country with demonstrations, butt-dances and denunciations.
But now, there is pin-drop silence from all these sectors and no “natural abhorrence to corruption” whatsoever!
Dirty cash
The question Sabahans and Malaysians are entitled to ask the Prime Minister is whether the case of the RM40 million dirty cash - whether for Sabah Chief Minister or Sabah UMNO (of which Musa is Chairman) - is now fully closed as far as the Malaysian government is concerned, for this will also signal the end of all credibility of the independence, integrity and professionalism of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Najib’s Government Transformation Programme (GTP) which prioritised “fighting corruption”, including “grand corruption”, as one of the key NKRA programmes.
It is really tragic. Just a week ago, Najib was waxing lyrical, taking the moral high ground at the opening of the IAACA Conference in Kuala Lumpur about the critical role for people and positions of power and authority to exemplify the “right values” to fight corruption, and today, all credibility and reputation of Najib’s anti-corruption campaign and the MACC completely in tatters.
Lim Kit Siang is the DAP sec-gen & MP for Ipoh Timor
WHAT'S WRONG with meeting Soros, he wanted to see me - Najib

KUALA LUMPUR-- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Najib Razak clairified that his meeting with currency speculator George Soros two years ago in New York was just a normal courtesy call.
"Yes I met him. What's wrong with that. It is a normal courtesy call between two parties.
"Nothing to worry about. Even not an issue about toppling government. We did not talk about financial backing. Nothing sinister.
"He (Soros) wanted to meet me. In fact, (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had come earlier to meet him," he told reporters after chairing a Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre here Friday night.
It had been reported that the opposition was playing up the issue in trying to stir up the people and wanted Najib to explain why he had met Soros.
At the media conference, Najib, who is also BN chairman, was also asked about who had given Sabah Umno RM40 million and the purpose of giving the money.
Najib explained that it was a normal practice for political parties to receive donations as long as the proper procedures were followed.
"It is a political donation. Every political party has the right to receive a donation as long as it comes in a proper way.
"Opposition also receives. You can ask the opposition the same question," he said.
Recently the Attorney-General's Chambers had ruled that there were no elements of corruption concerning the donation to Sabah Umno.
The AG's Chambers said the contribution was for the Sabah Umno liason committee and not for the personal use of Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

 An update from a whistleblower:

Hornbill Unleashed

October 15, 2012

MUSA’S SECRET DONORS -We Blow The Whistle On UMNO’s Sabah Kickbacks!

Sarawak Report
This weekend Malaysia’s PM, Najib Razak, indicated it was perfectly “proper” for his party to accept secret donations of millions of dollars from undisclosed sources.
He was referring to the RM40million that the Hong Kong authorities seized in 2008 in the possession of a courier Michael Chia, who was in the process of trafficking the money in a suitcase to Sabah.
For the past four years the Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman, has strenuously denied that this money had anything to do with him or indeed that he had “any business association whatsoever” with Michael Chia.
Bag carrier – Michael Chia was caught couriering RM40million for Musa Aman, which the PM now says was destined for Sabah UNMO
However, the Prime Minister has now been forced to admit in the face of overwhelming evidence that the money was linked to Musa. He is nevertheless trying to make the ‘excuse’ that the purpose was to spend it on their own political party UMNO.
In any other country such an excuse would be treated as an admission of enormous guilt, because of course it is just as criminal to launder illegal money on behalf of your political party as it is for yourself!
But in the looking glass world of an utterly corrupted Malaysia under BN, it appears that Najib is hoping that enough of his followers will accept that Musa can be excused prosecution on these grounds.  After all Najib desperately needs Sabah’s votes to hang on to power at the General Election.
What about the payments to Musa’s kids?

Musa Aman time for an apology – for years he denied the money was anything to do with him. He accused Sarawak Report of fraud and defamation. Now it has been admitted by the PM that the money was destined for him to spend on his political party UMNO
This startling and shocking recent series of admissions and excuses by BN’s leadership over the past days has been met with silence from Musa himself.  But, since he has been now confirmed by his own party as the man behind the money in the black bag, he should at the very least be making some apologies for lying for so long that he had nothing to do with this affair.
Musa should also say sorry for denying his association with Michael Chia, who was bringing him this money and he should say sorry to Sarawak Report, whom he accused of publishing forged documents and spreading falsehoods.
Meanwhile, BN/UMNO has brought not the slightest piece of evidence to back up its claims about where the money was destined and it is still refusing to admit where it came from!
Let us make clear again, if this money was legitimate then it would have been simple to transfer from one bank account to another.  So, why would anyone attempt to smuggle RM40 million in dirty notes if it was legitimate cash?
This entire shambles of an excuse about payments to UMNO is anyway completely destroyed by the proof that Michael Chia was also making payments from his accounts to Musa’s own sons as a standing arrangement over many years.
Was the education of Musa’s sons in Australia and their spending money ‘UMNO party business’?
Don’t rely on “forged documents” from Sarawak Report for the proof on this matter. Go to the High Court of Singapore and look at the depositions made by the Swiss UBS Bank, which has been seeking to defend its management of these accounts for Michael Chia.
In its evidence the bank swears to a series of payments from these accounts made out to the sons of Musa Aman!

Excerpt from UBS Bank evidence to the High Court of Singapore in the case of Blisstop Corporation & Zenique Investments Vs UBS Bank and (Michael Chia’s wife) Yap Loo Mien – Suit No 752 2010/N
These recorded payments perfectly match the bank statements we ourselves have acquired from the MACC’s own investigation of this matter (now being suppressed by UMNO ministers), which puts paid to the notion of “forgery” once and for all.
Confirmed – the payments referred to by UBS in its own court depositions are amongst the very ones registered in the statements we have, which were submitted to the MACC investigation
This wipes away the thin excuse (as if it ever was an excuse) that the Chairman of UMNO Sabah was only using this money to his political advantage as opposed to his personal advantage.  Some of this money was definitely also funding his family.
The reason for transparency
Even more astonishing is the Prime Minister’s insistence that the world should take on faith his half-hearted and belated confessions about this affair.  While he has admitted the money was indeed for UMNO, he refuses to say where it came from !
Is the world really supposed to take on trust that this sordid transaction, involving used notes stuffed into suitcases was all above board and there was no hint of corruption involved? If so, why is the PM not prepared to provide the evidence?
It seems BN are saying that the methods used by the rest of the civilised world to ensure accountability are not needed by BN, because we can trust them not to accept corrupt money!
The key donors – we expose the source of the money! 
In which case the Prime Minister will surely not mind if we spell out some of the sources of the funds that have been pouring into the UBS accounts managed by Michael Chia in Hong Kong, from which he pulled the RM40 million.
These documents all form part of the MACC investigation, which is now being suppressed by Ministers.
Donor 1 - Andrew and Freddy Lim, Sabah timber tycoons
The Lim brothers have numerous concessions provided by Yayasan Sabah of which Musa Aman is the Chairman (as well as being Chief Minister and of course the Chairman of UMNO).  These are some of the concessions:
Concessions provided to Andrew Lim, according to documents in the possession of the MACC investigation.
Our researches show that the companies Maxland Sdn Bhd, Cergas Kenari Sdn Bhd, Maju Sinar Sdn Bhd are all run by Priceworth Industries Sdn Bhd of which Andrew Lim is the boss. Lim is also the controller and shareholder of numerous other timber companies in Sabah.
The registered shareholder of for example Bountiful Returns Sdn Bhd, which received a logging permit for 8,000 hectares of “Primary Virgin Forest” at Kuamat in 2003 (see above) is Andrew Lim.
Lim Nyuk Foh is Andrew Lim
Andrew Lim and his brother Freddy Lim were also behind the timber agents Wayco Enterprises Ltd, based in Hong Kong and the company Hillywell Inc. which were paying millions of dollars into Michael Chia’s UBS accounts.  These payments were highlighted by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in their investigations.
Numerous payments from Wayco and Hillywell were made into Chia’s accounts. Should secret donations from timber barons receiving timber concessions go unrecorded by UMNO?
If there is nothing wrong with millions of dollars being donated to Sabah UMNO (Chaired by CM Musa Aman) from timber barons who have received valuable concessions granted by the Board of Yayasan Sabah (Chaired by CM Musa Aman), why does the Prime Minister leave it to Sarawak Report to make all this public?
He should openly admit his donors and say he is proud that UMNO Sabah benefits from millions in timber kickbacks for licences that have destroyed great areas of remaining virgin forest and that it is pleased to receive these moneys in unmarked, dirty notes, transported by illiterate couriers in black bags (Chia, who is registered on numerous timber concessions himself and has a string of flash motors, has described himself as illiterate many times in court depositions).
Chia Tien Foh is the Michael Chia who was arrested carrying RM40million in a bag from Hong Kong. UMNO has now admitted that the money was destined for CM Musa Aman to spend on the party’s election costs in 2008. Fuller details required!
Donor 2 – Ting Pek Kiing, Sarawak Tycoon/ Ngui Ing Chuang/ Simon Ling
Companies associated with Sarawak tycoon Ting Pek Kiing have also received numerous concessions from Yayasan Sabah. Meanwhile other companies associated with the tycoon have at the same time generously donated to the accounts from which Michael Chia drew USD$16million (RM40million) to bring to Musa in 2008.
Simon Ling Ding Dieng is Ting Pek Kiing’s cousin and business partner and he has received concessions as has timber baron Ngui Ing Chuang.
Some of the companies awarded concessions which were owned by these businessmen
So, no surprise that Ngui Ing Chuan and Ting Pek Kiing’s own son Peter Ting (Ting Sie Huong) turn out to be the key shareholders of a company Borion which has paid numerous large payments into the accounts of Michael Chia, which were then drawn from to provide this payment to Sabah UMNO’s Chairman, Musa Aman!
Chia has received payments from Borion into numerous different accounts, including the one he withdrew money from for the Sabah UMNO Chairman, Musa Aman
Donor No 3 – Admond Looh, Sabah timber tycoon
Java Industries’ Admond Looh Boon Chai (sometimes called Edmond) also received a great number of timber concessions through a large number of companies, listed by the MACC in one of the documents we have received.

Edmond/Admond Looh (Looh Boon Chai) was the Chief Executive Director of Java Industries until 2010 and organiser of numerous concessions from Yayasan Sabah through many companies
Looh was also the controller of a number of companies which paid substantial sums into the network of companies controlled by Michael Chia on behalf of Musa Aman (as has now been admitted).  These companies included Well Capital Finance, Ever Fame Enterprises and Multilink Star Incorporated.

Looh knew just what he was paying Chia for – the transaction was labelled “payment for concession”! Is this acceptable income for Sabah UMNO?
Mr Looh was always very particular in making sure that his telegraphic transfers to Chia’s companies spelt out the reasons for the payments, perhaps in case the recipient might not remember what these particular millions were for.
The MACC has evidence of numerous payments from Looh’s companies, after all he had numerous concessions granted by Musa Aman in his capacity as Chairman of Yayasan Sabah.
“Deposit for logging concession”! Mr Looh’s helpful reminder in this payment from Multilink Star
In fact money was pouring in from Mr Looh’s various companies into Chia’s accounts over a number of years and all this information is with the MACC!

Zenique was just one of the BVI companies that Chia controlled to accept these payments
There is a good deal more evidence of such kickback payments in the mass of documentation that is available to the MACC.  However, clearly BN has now made a judgement that kickbacks are OK as long as they are destined for their own political party (as opposed to others?).
This is how the Prime Minister answered awkward questions over the weekend:
Every political party has a right to receive political donations,” he said, adding that the political donation was done in a proper and acceptable manner.
Mr Najib declined to reveal the source and added that the opposition also received political donations. ”The opposition also receives donations and they don’t disclose,”[New Straits Times]
Such claims deserve to be tested in court.