Ruslan Kasim, what else do you want to add to anuar shaari’s consistent drunken babbling? Very soon you two will find yourself on the sidewalk holding tempurung begging for garbage!The Jews did not take a bliion dollar commission. Our Malaysian leaders purportedly did. 2ndly our submarines are no threat to Israel cause they know our naval submarines with UMNO trained commanders can’t even sink a sampan with refugees from Indonesia.
Anuar Shaari, so Don’t Play Play…Engkau Melayu tapi BODOH & DUNGU punya Melayu..Patutlah, engkau seumur hidup jadi khadam saiful…Bila jumpa Najis, jangan lupa carry balls sampai dia shiok tau.!!!…Jahanam dunia Melayu selagi ada melayu bodoh macam engkau…. Let’s see, Saudi got all arms from US which this dungu thinks is all Jewish. This means Saudi must be supporting the Jews too, right?Have we noticed that these BN friendly idiots have been spewing nothing but Jewish elements that would destroy the unity of Malaysians. Their aim is nothing else but to sow the seeds of hatred against Pakatan Rakyat who have been attacking BN for plundering the country’s resourses. The Scorpene case is one of the classic examples of mismanagement of our resourses through corruption. On the contrary these umno goons are diverting our attention to the imaginary Jewish issues to cover up their own misdeeds.Whenever it suits UMNO scumbags, they publicly and loudly blame the Jews, blame the Americans, blame, Western culture, accuse all American mothers of being promiscuous and then quietly invite them over as state guests for extravagant nonsense like the MSC IAP, appoint them as financial and economic advisers , PR and marketing agents and hold opulent gatherings in New York. And to prove their despicable hypocrisy, they will also arrange for a fully paid audience with the US President. These fellows are shameless, immoral whores who will do anything to cling on.Anuar Shaari, if you think that the Rakyat is stupid as you, you are wrong. No one in Malaysia has any objection to buy any types of submarines including Scorpene submarines. Our issue is the corruption and killing related to the purchase. Please don’t mix national security with the avoidable corruption. It is not the opposition alone has issues in defense dealing but the sultan of Johor on recent acquisition of vehicle.Everytime their bank account near empty, this so-called ex Anwar or ex PKR froggies will shout out something unintelligent so that their masters will notice and throw some pittance to their bank account. Cari makan.
Najib is innocent! Razak passionately implored On the Qu’ran, innocent Najib piously swored For innoncent Najib there can be only two loves I.e. Mighty Rosmah here and Allah Almighty above Razak is as innocent as a snow white baby too That’s why the court was fixed without much ado We still have the best justice
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today received a courtesy call from US Attorney-General Eric Holder at his office in Perdana Putra Building, here. Holder and his delegation, who are here on a three-day visit, were accompanied by Special Envoy to the United States, Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. … Read more SMOKING GUNS: NAJIB THE FIELD OF TRANSNATIONAL CRIME., US A,G ERIC HOLDER UMNO A.G GANI PATAIL. FINALLY ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO ‘CONVICT’ ?
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today received a courtesy call from US Attorney-General Eric Holder at his office in Perdana Putra Building, here. Holder and his delegation, who are here on a three-day visit, were accompanied by Special Envoy to the United States, Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail. … Read more
“Anuar Shaari, a former Finance Ministry officer who worked for Anwar between 1996 and 1998, arrived at the Melaka Tengah district police station at about 10am on Thursday and spend about 30 minutes with Melaka Tengah OCPD ACP Salehhudin Abd Rahman to pass on the information,” said The Star newspaper report.
Actually, this is only part of the story. What The Star failed to report is that Anuar Shaari continued working for Anwar right up to 2004 or so, maybe longer. He was one of the principal ‘operators’ from the day Parti Keadilan Nasional was launched on 14 April 1999 right till the launch of the Free Anwar Campaign in August 2000 and beyond.
In 2003 or thereabouts, Anuar Shaari, Ezam Mohd Noor, and two other people who have all since left the opposition, made a trip to the United States. I did not know about it until I received a phone call from a contact in the US. He wanted me to verify who these four people are and whether it is true that they work for the Free Anwar Campaign.
I was caught off guard and did not know how to respond. I lied and said I was in a meeting and whether I could call him back later. I then got in touch with someone who would know what was going on and asked him what was happening.
The person I contacted was surprised that I had found out.
I was of course quite perturbed. The Free Anwar Campaign was just me. I was running the Free Anwar Campaign alone. There were no other people involved in the Free Anwar Campaign. How come there are now four people in the US who are supposedly there on the Free Anwar Campaign business?
The person I spoke to told me why they were there. He then asked me to call back the US and confirm with the person who had called me that the four are legitimate. I did as I was told — but not before I gave that person a piece of my mind and told him I did not like what was going on. Nevertheless, for the sake of the cause I will obey the order.
I then called back the US and told my contact that the four people who were there are legitimate. I also gave him the names of the four people and my US contact confirmed that I was right.
It is important that I confirm that these four are authorised to act on behalf of the Free Anwar Campaign, my US contact informed me. Then he asked me another question. “Is it true that the opposition is very short of money and that if they had a few million Ringgit then the opposition has a better chance of winning the next general election?”
“That is true,” I replied.
“Okay,” my US contact told me. “Then we will help arrange something for them. Ten or twenty million Ringgit is no problem for us. We can handle that.”
That was just before the March 2004 general election. But the tens of millions in election funds were not sent to Malaysia. Instead, it was channelled to Hong Kong. And the March 2004 general election came before the money could be diverted from Hong Kong to Malaysia. And we never heard of the money again. Soon after that Ezam and his gang, which included Anuar Shaari, left the opposition and joined Umno. Some left just before the 2004 general election.
I found out later from a very senior party leader that the money came from George Soros (see more here: http://www.georgesoros.com/). The four in fact personally met Soros in his office. And I was even told who had arranged for the meeting and the subsequent funding.
On 2 September 2004, I met Pawanchik Merican, one of Anwar’s lawyers, in the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. “Do you know that Ezam and Anuar Shaari have been collecting money in the name of the Free Anwar Campaign?” Pawanchik asked me.
“Yes, I know,” I replied.
“Did they give you anything?” Pawanchik asked me.
“No, not a sen,” I replied.
“I thought so,” said Pawanchik. “I was told they are using your name to collect millions and that they did not give you anything. Why don’t you close down the Free Anwar Campaign? If not these people will use it to collect money.”
My wife who was there agreed with Pawanchik. “That’s what I keep telling him but he is so stubborn,” added my wife.
“I will never abandon Anwar halfway,” I told Pawanchik. “Once Anwar is free then I will close down the Free Anwar Campaign.”
“What if he is not freed? What if he spends 15 years in jail? Do you want to continue running the Free Anwar Campaign for another nine years without being paid any salary and allow them to use it to raise money?”
“I suppose so,” I responded. “But Anwar will be freed today. So today I can close down the Free Anwar Campaign.”
“None of the lawyers think so,” said Pawanchik. I just shrugged my shoulders. Two hours later Anwar was freed by the Federal Court and I went home to make my last posting, ‘Alhamdulillah, Anwar is now free’, and closed down the Free Anwar Campaign.
Yes, that is the story of Ezam Mohd Nor and Anuar Shaari. Of course, I know the identity of the other two who also made that trip to the US, plus the ‘fifth man’, the man I phoned. I also know the name of the senior party leader who told me that the tens of millions came from Soros. And, invariably, I also know the name of my US contact who set the whole thing up. But as long as they keep their peace with me then I shall keep their secret safe. However, the minute they cross me, then their names will be revealed.
The NGO Suaram and news portal Malaysiakini are Jewish “stooges” who are trying to prevent Malaysia from owning Scorpene submarines, said a former aide of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Trapping Suaram (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) for whatever reasons is alike plodding on a dangerous path for UMNO and this will further dip Barisan’s hopes in the next general election.
Suaram is a body that is apolitical and operates on the basis of social justice for all Malaysians. Founded in 1989 the aims and objectives are for the protection and promotion of human rights and the development of public awareness in Malaysia.
As reported, UMNO leaders have insinuated that the American non-governmental organisation (Open Society Institute presently called Open Society Foundation) that funded Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) is linked to currency speculator George Soros.
To promote democratic government
It was alleged that Open Society Institute (OSI) channelled funds in excess of US$ 180,000 (RM558, 556.92) to Suaram the period 2007 to 2010.
By virtue of this – the Soros factor – UMNO is beating the political drum to dupe the rakyat that it is “immoral” for Suaram to accept money from the organisation.
Suaram cannot be blamed even if it has received the funding. The network of Open Society Foundations or OSF (named Open Society Institute or OSI until 2011), is a grant making operation started by George Soros, aimed to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.
OSF works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses. This is far from any anti-money laundering or pro-terrorism activity that can be classified under the Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
Suaram has no record whatsoever of being a body that promotes terrorism. Neither is Suaram in cahoots with Soros to damage the country. Yet, to some UMNO leaders Soros was alleged to have “damaged” the country’s economy in the past.
Soros was never the “devil”
For political reasons, the chorus calling for the demonising of Suaram has included many other pro-UMNO NGOs and also the former prime minister, Mahathir Muhammad. They feel that it’s wrong to accept aid from any organisations that are connected to Soros.
Little do these armchair politicians or proponents of virtues realise that Soros was never the “devil” that caused the 1997/98 Asian Financial Crisis that involved Malaysia. As for Malaysia the real “devil” could have been leaders from among UMNO’s rank and cronies.
Soros was politically perceived by Mahathir as the perpetrator of the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis. Soros was the individual who sabotaged the country’s economy, so was the allegation by UMNO leaders echoing what Mahathir had said about Soros during the financial crisis.
Both Soros and Mahathir were actually into currency speculation but the former was too nifty for the latter. In fact, currency speculation was nothing new during Mahathir’s tenure as prime minister.
The Malaysian economy was actually incapacitated a few times by local currency speculators more than what Soros had done in Asia.
It was bad governance; an economic bubble and the involvement of local currency speculators who made Malaysian economy vulnerable and the country lose billions when Bank Negara started the FOREX business well before 1997.
Soros is a businessman
Soros is a businessman who knows about the economy and of course the prime interest of any businessman is to make money. Mahathir was a politician who knew little about the economy but tried hard to become one.
But being economically handicapped at the time he had to depend on some of his trusted “expertise”. When politicians and their inept cronies get into business, more often than not they damage the economy.
It was alleged that more than US$6 billion was lost in the FOREX market during Mahathir’s tenure as premier. Malaysia’s foreign reserve was gambled away in 1992-1993. In fact it was alleged that Bank Negara, during Mahathir’s time, was involved in global speculative activities tacitly as early as in the 1980s.
Mahathir’s penchant for mega projects
Mahathir’s penchant for mega economics projects did not work either. It only exacerbated the situation when investors had low confidence of the nation’s economy. Investors trickled in only for quick gains.
More than RM6 billion was unnecessarily spent to build Telecoms tower in Kuala Lumpur and the high rise PETRONAS buildings that did not benefit the country much. The multi-billion ringgit national car project went awry and the buying of the RM300 million Lotus racing car plant did not bring much benefit to the national car industry.
The billions spent on the MSC (multimedia super corridor) venture was more hype than accomplishment. The abandoned Bakun project in Sarawak brought colossal loss to the economy.
The bailing out of failed companies and Bank Bumiputera perpetually dented the nation’s coffer at the time. Billions of Employee’s Provident Fund and PETRONAS dollars were used to bail out projects given out to cronies at inflated prices without tenders and all this incurred a big financial loss to the country.
More than a billion was lost for the “purchase” of the Skyhawks from the US that was not delivered to the country. RM6 billion was lost in Perwaja Steel Mill. More than RM3 billion was burnt in the BMF scandals.
Cronies were allowed to borrow millions from local banks without collaterals that ended up becoming non-performing loans.
More than RM3 billion was lost from the London Tin scandal when the US released their Tin Stockpile. From 1992-93 the country experienced more than US$6 billion FOREX lost by Bank Negara. The list goes on.
As usual, the economic buffer was the hard-earned PETRONAS dollars – without which the country would have gone bankrupt.
Both shared a common desire
Just before the financial crisis economists warned Mahathir that if Malaysia did not manage its economy and finance right, it would suffer the same fate as countries that had observed their currencies tumbling.
In 1992 the battleground between Mahathir and Soros was the London foreign exchange market. Britain’s FOREX market was the focus of many speculators who wanted to profit from the market instability at the time.
Both expected that they were going to make money from the British.
Mahathir expecting the pounds to appreciate gave the green light using billions of US currency from Bank Negara’s foreign reserves to speculate on the British pound sterling.
Soros – the global FOREX player – expecting the fall of the pound borrowed 10 billion pounds from British banks and changed the money to German Mark.
Malaysian speculator, Mahathir lost
On Sept 16, 1992, unable to stand the economic and market pressure on its overvalued pound, Britain, instead of floating the pound, officially devalued its currency causing the pound to fall.
Soros, who took the loan from the British banks, repaid it in pounds which was then cheaper and pocketed the difference of more than US$1 billion.
While the Malaysian speculator Mahathir lost about US$4 billion.
As reported, later in 1993, Bank Negara again lost another US$2.2 billion in speculative activities. Malaysia’s total loss by this time stood at US$6.2 billion. The actual figures for Bank Negara losses were never revealed, though.
Both the “gamblers” had the same desire – to make money. But in the end when Mahathir failed, Soros made the money. The stark difference here was that when Mahathir used the nation’s money to bet, Soros used his own fund. The latter of course was more righteous in this game of FOREX gambling.
Why then demonise Soros and his charity work? The only reason must be because he was perceived by none other than Mahathir that he was a currency speculator. For political reasons, leaders within UMNO have forgotten and forgiven Mahathir for his past “gambling” habit.
Lack of investor confidence
Soros earned a billion dollar profit from speculating against the British currency in 1992. Malaysia got her fingers burnt.
Preceding the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis the annual economic “growth” rate of Malaysia was reported to be 8.5 percent for 6 years – from 1990 to 1996.
But a lack of investor confidence soon attributed to a wave of currency depreciation in the inflated economies of Asian countries at the time. Soros being a shrewd currency speculator could foresee the economic collapse of a few Asian countries.
In mid-1997, when the Thai Baht depreciated his fund managers sold US$10 million of Thai baht to make a fortune. He did not sell Malaysian ringgit or any other currencies. The depreciation of the Thai Baht was enough to lead to a domino effect on some other Asian economies, including Malaysia.
It only showed that the economies of these countries were not resilient enough.
Short-term investors pulled out their funds in droves resulting in the economic crisis in Malaysia. The value of the Malaysian currency fell by more than 50 percent from RM2.50 to RM3.80 to US$. The stock market index dropped and at one point hovered around 300 points.
The “Mahathir factor” too affected the stock market then. The country’s stock market fell each time after Mahathir spoke against the economic market system.
To Soros, currency speculation is a business. He confessed that he had no time taking part in currency speculation for political purposes.
A serious business
Before June 1997, there were already signs on the wall that Malaysia would face with economic problems but this was ignored by Mahathir citing “sheer jealousy” of western countries as the reason.
During the crisis it was the low confidence level of investors in the country that led to huge capital flights sensing that the economic bubble was going to burst. Even prior to this crisis the economy of the country did not justify to the confidence of markets – a reality that Mahathir did not want to admit.
After being badly mangled, the aftermath of the financial crisis made Mahathir say that currency trading is unnecessary, unproductive and immoral during the IMF and World Bank meeting in Hong Kong which took place in mid-September 1997.
But the same was not mentioned after Bank Negara lost US$6 billion or more in FOREX trading. UMNO leaders cannot be too naïve not to comprehend this setback to the nation’s economy.
To Soros, currency trading is business and weak governments have to be cautious not to create a bubble burst upon being tested by currency traders. Managing a nation is a serious business.
Singapore, Brunei and Japan, for instance, were the least affected during the 1997/98 financial crisis because of their economic resilience.
Other UMNO leaders did not dare question or speak up against Mahathir, instead danced to the master’s tune in blaming Soros for the latter’s self-made debacle.
UMNO is always good at finding scapegoats. Instead of opening up the case relating to the Scorpene Scandal the leaders are trying to strike Suaram with the “Soros factor” – exploiting on the fund Suaram received from OSI.
However, the rakyat are not that irrational to buy UMNO’s political ploy. They are just fervently waiting for the French court to reveal the truth about the Scorpene Scandal that involves UMNO, the country’s top leadership and his cronies.
There have always been countries whose leaders have behaved criminally. Today is no different and in most of the world’s nations, graft, dishonesty in the use of public funds and the “sale” of government decisions to the highest private bidder are common. Corruption is the “norm” and we have become inured to it.
A highly-confidential government document on the Malaysian Navy’s evaluation of the Scorpene submarines it planned to buy was sold by Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd to French defence giant DCNS for €36 million (RM142 million), a lawyer involved in an ongoing inquiry has revealed.
Abdul Razak Baginda , a former think-tank head who was at the centre of a 2006 investigation into the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu, is listed as a director of Terasasi with his father, Abdul Malim Baginda.
The company was previously incorporated on June 28, 2002 as Kinabalu Advisory and Support Services Ltd, according to the Hong Kong Companies Registry.
The data was purportedly for “commercial engineering” works, French lawyer Joseph Breham, who is acting for activist group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) in an ongoing inquiry in Paris, told a news conference in Bangkok yesterday.
Suaram had filed a complaint against DCNS in a French court last month. The court’s two-man panel has asked for the shipmaker’s financial transaction reports, Breham said.
“They were given information which is already available on the Internet and newspapers, except for this one document,” Breham said, referring to investigating magistrates at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance.
“It was a secret document by the Malaysian Navy, an evaluation for the order of the submarines, which is a highly confidential report,” he added.
Breham said that in France “selling” highly-classified papers to another country is a breach of defence secrets and illegal and considered to be treason.
“It’s treason because you are selling a competitor or a foreign country what you think about a specific weapon, and your plan on how to use this specific weapon.
“In France, if you release them, you can be punished up to 10 years’ jail,” he said.
Malaysia paid RM6.7 billion in 2009 for the two submarines of which RM574 million was earmarked for co-ordination and support services for Perimekar Sdn Bhd, owned by Abdul Razak.
Abdul Razak is being sought as a witness in the French case.
Unfortunately, the assumptions that there is nothing new regarding crime and corruption and that these plagues are an inevitable part of the human experience are clouding an important change: the ascent of the mafia state, an old player that has gained renewed potency.
These are not just countries rife with corruption or where organized crime controls important swaths of the economy or even entire regions. Rather, these are countries where the state controls and uses large and powerful criminal networks to defend and advance the national interest and — as importantly — the personal interests of the governing elite, their family and friends. This is not new and pirates and mercenaries were commonly used by monarchs and rulers since time immemorial. Even democracies, like the United States, at times relied on criminals to achieve national security goals. Perhaps the best known example occurred in 1960, when the CIA hired the mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro. The execution of this mission was as inept as the decision itself and the botched attempt only served to embarrass the U.S. government and expand Castro’s popularity.
But in the last two decades a series of profound transformations in politics and the global economy have added new capabilities to mafia states thus spurring their influence. These are countries in which the traditional concepts of corruption, organized crime, or government agencies infiltrated by criminal groups do not fully capture the phenomenon in all its complexity, magnitude, and consequences. In mafia states, it is not the criminals who capture the state through the bribery and extortion of officials, but it is the state that controls the criminal networks. It runs them for the benefit of government leaders and their network of accomplices and associates. When it takes over existing criminal cartels it’s not to stamp them out, but to control and use them for the benefit of the criminalized government elites.
In countries like Bulgaria, Guinea-Bissau, Montenegro, Myanmar, Ukraine, North Korea, Afghanistan, or Venezuela, the national interest and the interests of organized crime are inextricably intertwined. In Bulgaria, for example, Atanas Atanasov, a member of Parliament and former head of counterintelligence has famously said that “other countries have the mafia; in Bulgaria the mafia has the country.”
In Venezuela, the former Supreme Court Justice Eladio Aponte is providing ample evidence confirming that senior Venezuelan government officials double as the heads of important transnational criminal gangs. In 2008, the United States accused Venezuelan General Henry Rangel Silva of “materially assisting the narcotics trafficking activities.” Earlier this year, President Hugo Chávez appointed him Minister of Defense. In 2010, another Venezuelan, Walid Makled, accused by various governments of being the head of one of the largest drug cartels, confessed upon his capture that he had documents, videos, and recordings incriminating 15 Venezuelan generals, the brother of the Minister of the Interior and 5 members of the National Assembly.
In Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s brother and governor of Kandahar, killed in 2011, faced repeated accusations of involvement in the opium trade, the main economic activity of the country. According to the Financial Times, in Afghanistan the amount of money illicitly moved overseas by traffickers and officials in suitcases stuffed with dollar bills is roughly equivalent to the total national budget.
This criminalization of the state is not confined to war-torn countries like Afghanistan, failed states like Guinea-Bissau, or those overwhelmed by drug trafficking. It is impossible, for example, to thoroughly understand the dynamic, the prices, the intermediaries, and the structure of distribution networks of the gas imported by Europe from Russia and other Eurasian nations through Ukraine and other countries, without taking into account the role of organized crime in this lucrative business. It is naïve to assume that the governing elites of these countries are only victims or passively watch as bystanders how a massive trade that is based on opaque corporate entities and furtive owners generates immense profits that are vaporized through clandestine channels. Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Balkans, or Eastern Europe are also rife with criminal enterprises whose daily activities are simply too large and visible to assume that governments are not actively involved in their management, protection and promotion.
This suggests that contemporary mafia states have acquired an importance that should prompt us to rethink traditional concepts based in a world order fundamentally composed of nation states and nongovernmental organizations like businesses, religious and scientific institutions, charities, terrorists, rogue criminals networks etc. The modern mafia state is a hybrid whose behavior and reach we do not understand well. Largely because we have not yet fully grasped its dangerous mutation and the heightened danger it poses.