Never in Malaysia’s history has one man caused so much shame and disrepute to this country…and make the public and the world despise him so much… and was caught with his pants down… this country has become a laughingstock to the world…
The only ‘miracle’ that is saving him and allowing him the breathing space…for the time being,
was his infamous RM2.6b donation fund! a source used to feed his greedy swines.
terms of public perception the issue has become a burden to the party the stigma attached to the PM that he has become the proverbial millstone around Umno’s neck.Majority of Malaysians perception on Najib is overwhelmingly negative. The moment his name is mentioned, automatically Rm2.6 billion Najib is surviving on the false support of UMNO as well as MCA leaders who might have benefitted a lot from his donations. Those leaders have lost touch with the rakyat who put them to power. Instead of listening to the voters,
UMNO, a party with all the power in their hands for so many years in absolute control of the country ,cannot find a suitable successor to Najib tells us a lot of things.This is because,UMNO has neglected its own party development,its members from top to bottom is there,like warlords,looking only after their turf and self interests.They are all in there to plunder after selfish wealth development when the going is good.It has developed to such a height of greed that the party’s next echelon of successors and interests are absolutely neglected and forgotten. It only takes a crisis like Najib’s scandals to see how hopelessly UMNO has been broken down by arrogance and self glory.The fact that they have neglected their own party is all right to us.But invariably the nation’s interest and development are also in tatters.Our educational system is at bottom rung internationally,we have failed to produced employable graduates,our institutions and civil service are led by mediocre leaders.
the perception that Najib is corrupt is met with the reality that he is. All his actions point in that direction and lead to that conclusion. A desperate man will take desperate measures to secure himself and Najib’s actions have been utterly desperate. What amazes me is that he is so thick skinned about it and that his minions are still supporting him. But then, that is the power of money. Even now, all that they have claimed is that he has returned the money but we have seen no proof of it. There have been lies upon lies and the man is now in a deep credibility deficit that is akin to the US$19 trillion debt. There will be no more trust for this man.
Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim is seeking a judicial review on attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
In a media statement issued after her filed an application for relief at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today, Zaid claimed that there is strong evidence to suggest wrongdoing.
“I applied to the High Court for relief, by way of judicial review, on the following matters:
“The decision of the attorney-general not to prosecute Najib under the appropriate provisions of the Penal Code and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009; and
“The decision of the attorney-general directing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close its files on the investigation into offences possibly committed by Najib.”
Zaid said the substantive grounds of his application are that the decision of the attorney-general was unreasonable and constituted an improper exercise of discretion.
The attorney-general, he pointed out, is under a constitutional duty to exercise the discretion conferred on him by the provisions of Article 145 (3) of the Federal Constitution with due consideration, reasonably in public interest and with a sense of justice.
“I am also satisfied – based on reports and statements published by the MACC and other agencies investigating the financial affairs of 1MDB and SRC International – that there is strong evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Najib, which indicate possible offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 and the Financial Services Act 2013, which may also extend to criminal breach of trust and other offences under the Penal Code,” he added.
No such thing as absolute discretion
The former law minister explained that he was forced to initiate these proceedings due to concern.
“I am rightfully concerned about the dire consequences to the rule of law in this country if the decision of one man cannot be questioned regardless of the facts and circumstances of the case.
“As far as I have been advised, there is nothing known in law as the concept of ‘absolute discretion’. The notion of such unfettered discretion is in fact contrary to the rule of law, and it is for this reason I am compelled to act,” he said.
Zaid also said if the court granted him the relief he sought, he wanted the court to do three things, which are:
Make an order in the nature of a certiorari to set aside the decision of the AG not to prosecute and the order he made to the MACC to close their investigations;
Make a further order in the nature of a mandamus, compelling the AG to utilise his discretion under Article 145(3) to properly consider instituting criminal proceedings against Najib; and
Declare that the decision of the attorney-general compelling the MACC to close its investigations is ultra vires his power under Article 145 (3) of the Federal Constitution.
Last Tuesday, Apandi cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing, stating that the MACC investigations into the cases of the RM2.6 billion donation and SRC International’s RM42 million deposited into Najib’s private bank accounts did not find any evidence of corrupt practice.
However, Malaysiakini quoted sources familiar with the investigations as claiming that MACC recommended three charges under Section 403 of the Penal Code.
Najib has denied abusing public funds for personal gain and blamed such allegations on those plotting to topple him from power.
Contacted for comment, Apandi said his office has yet to be served with the application.
“As such, I cannot give any comments.
“Suffice to say that once we receive the papers, the AGC (Attorney-General’s Chambers) will respond accordingly as per the law and procedure,” Apandi told Malaysiakini in a text message.
Malaysia (Attorney-General Apandi Ali) may have absolved its Prime Minister in a huge corruption scandal, but foreign authorities investigating suspicious global fund flows are making clear the affair is far from over and that the net may be tightening.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali last week cleared Datuk Seri Najib Razak of wrongdoing in accepting a mysterious US$681 million payment (RM2.6 billion) from overseas, sparking accusations of a cover-up in a case that has shaken Najib’s government to its core.
But within days, authorities in Switzerland and Singapore upped the pressure, pointedly responding that investigations into an array of Malaysian money movements were forging ahead and releasing new information.
Swiss Attorney-General Michael Lauber
The Swiss Attorney-General’s office on Saturday revealed that it believed US$4 billion had been pilfered from Malaysian state companies, and on Monday Singapore announced it had seized a “large number of bank accounts” as part of investigations into a company closely linked to Najib, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Observers said the timing and tone of the Swiss and Singaporean statements appeared to indicate concern that Malaysia may seek to bury the issue.
“The Swiss and Singaporeans are obviously worried that (clearing Najib) looks detrimental to their ongoing investigations,” said Cynthia Gabriel, Head of C4, a Malaysian Anti-Graft NGO.
“But this is definitely far from over and looks like the noose is tightening on Najib,” she added, referring to the new details announced by the Swiss and Singaporeans.
Malaysia has been rocked for more than a year by allegations that huge sums of money were diverted from 1MDB, an investment company, and the revelation last July of the US$681 million payment to Najib.
While he is not yet known to be directly implicated in any overseas investigation, Najib launched 1MDB and still chairs its advisory board. He and 1MDB strongly deny the widely-held public suspicion that the US$681 million came from the now debt-strapped investment company.
Apandi last week called the payment a legal “personal donation” from the Saudi royal family. The explanation has been ridiculed in Malaysia as an implausible cover story.
Since last year, Najib’s government has arrested whistleblowers and moved to muzzle media outlets who reported on the scandals, including shutting down one newspaper for three months.
He also purged his leadership of critics and sacked a previous Attorney-General who was investigating.That has left the threat of foreign action – authorities in the United States and Hong Kong also said to be investigating – as Najib’s primary concern.
Last week, Apandi declared there was no need for Malaysia to cooperate with foreign authorities on Najib’s “donation”.
John Malott, a former US Ambassador to Malaysia, called that a “very unfortunate statement” that likely caused anger overseas.
“Basically he was telling the rest of the world to drop dead, and the Swiss and Singaporeans have replied that ‘maybe you think its the end, but we don’t’. The timing of their responses was just too close,” he said.
Malott said Najib now “must really be sweating” over whether US authorities – reported by US media to be investigating – will make an announcement, which they usually withhold until a solid case is built.
Ambassador John R. Malott
However, the recent Swiss and Singaporean announcements are already seen as raising the pressure.Switzerland had announced last year that “tens of millions of dollars” in suspicious assets had been frozen, and that it had opened criminal proceedings against two former 1MDB officials and “persons unknown” suspected of bribery, money-laundering and other crimes.
On Saturday, the Swiss Attorney-General’s office revealed that up to US$4 billion may have been stolen from Malaysian state firms, with a “small portion” transferred into Swiss accounts held by current and former Malaysian and United Arab Emirates officials.
Requesting Kuala Lumpur’s help, it added that the Malaysian companies concerned have oddly made no comment on their alleged massive losses.Apandi pledged Saturday to cooperate.
Singapore said Monday it was “actively” probing allegations of money-laundering related to 1MDB and was communicating with Malaysian, Swiss and US officials.
A joint statement by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and police said, “Singapore does not tolerate the use of its financial system as a refuge or conduit for illicit funds”. – AFP