The ‘ghost’ of Altantuya…

Scorpene and the French Judicial Inquiry

SCORPENE RETURNS, READY TO STING?

Swiss probe of 1MDB

Singapore probes 1MDB


29 March 2018

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House of Horror – There’s only Altantuya’s ‘hantu’, says Guan Eng

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The Dewan Rakyat descended into the supernatural this afternoon with both ruling and opposition MP invoking spectres.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng defended his father Lim Kit Siang’s presence in the House and disputed Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang) describing the DAP veteran as a “hantu” (ghost).

He said there are no “hantu” in Dewan Rakyat except that of murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“I wish to refer to the ‘hantu‘ remark (against Kit Siang). If ‘hantu‘, there is only Altantuya.

“Gelang Patah (Kit Siang) is still here, he is real. If there is a ‘hantu‘, it is only Altantuya’s ‘hantu,” he added.

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s close associate Abdul Razak Baginda was implicated in the gruesome murder in 2006 in Puncak Alam but was later discharged.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/417584

 

5 February 2016

Razak Baginda paid RM137m, ‘but not to bribe officials’

Political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda admitted to receiving around 30 million euro (RM137 million) for consultancy services in the Scorpene submarine deal but denied any of the money went to bribing government officials on behalf of French company Thales.

“It was a legitimate agreement. I did my job and I got paid for it.

“And I never paid any official,” he was quoted as saying by the Financial Times.

This was in reference to Malaysia’s purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines in 2002 when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who was then the deputy premier, helmed the Defence Ministry.

Razak Baginda was responding to the indictment of Thales International Asia former president Bernard Baiocco last December for “active bribery of foreign public officials linked to Najib Razak”.

Razak denied having served as a paid advisor to Najib and said he had only “rarely” spoken to him about the submarine deal “over a cup of tea”, according to Financial Times.

Baiocco’s lawyer, Jean-Yves Le Borgne, said his client admits the money was paid to Baginda for lobbying works but accused prosecutors of “legal acrobatics” in trying to claim the payment were used to bribe government officials.

“They suspect the minister received some money but they have never had anything to prove that,” he was quoted in the article.

Le Borgne also confirmed that Najib and Baginda were named in judicial documents.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/329464

4 February 2016

HK police: Probe into Najib-linked funds still active

While Malaysian attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali may have cleared Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s in the RM2.6 billion donation case, Hong Kong police are still investigating bank deposits of more than US$250 million allegedly linked to the prime minister.

When contacted, the territory’s police public relations branch said, “A man reported to the (Hong Kong) police on Aug 30 and requested for our investigation of the bank deposits.

“Investigations by our crime headquarters are under way,” said the officer in response to Malaysiakini’s query.

Hong Kong police first opened an investigation file following a report lodged there by former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan on Aug 30 last year.

Khairuddin in his police report named four companies that he claimed were owned by Najib-linked Penang-born billionaire Jho Low and his family.

“These companies are suspicious as it is understood that Najib was involved and their accounts had a record of RM1.125 billion, which was deposited through Credit Suisse Hong Kong,” Khairuddin had said in a Facebook posting.

He also asked the island police to probe possible transactions between 1MDB and companies linked to Jho Low.

Similarly, Khairuddin also lodged reports against 1MDB in Switzerland and Singapore, to which both countries have responded.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/329331

How the embattled Najib can improve Malaysia’s reputation remains to be seen, but before then he must be ready to figure out a plan to tame the budget deficit while external weaknesses continue to crimp government revenue.

Finance Asia

Najib Razak: Asia’s worst finance minister 2016

The vast withdrawal of capital from emerging markets makes it all the more imperative for Asia’s finance ministers to pursue good governance, sensible structural reform, and sound finances.

Unfortunately, the overall quality of the governments we cover has mostly deteriorated, led by the lowest ranked minister in our study. Take a bow …

Ranked No12: Najib Razak, Malaysia

Last year was a very challenging year for the Malaysian economy. The country suffered a double whammy of political scandal that enveloped state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and Prime Minister Najib Razak, who also happens to be Malaysia’s finance minister. In addition, it endured a collapse in the price of its key export, oil.

1MDB first started to attract unwelcome attention in early 2015 after struggling to settle a RM2 billion ($563 million) bridge loan. The funding crunch was an embarrassment for Najib, who chairs the fund’s advisory board and expanded its remit on coming to office in 2009, to help turn Kuala Lumpur into a financial hub.

Then The Wall Street Journal reported that nearly $700 million had been transferred to the prime minister’s personal bank account from the Saudi Arabian royal family, prompting a series of investigations. The identity of the donor and the reason for the donation was never disclosed, but it triggered demands for Najib to step down and cast doubts over about the country’s commitment to good governance. After seven months, investigators said in January that they had found no evidence of wrongdoing by Najib.

The long-running political crisis has taken up time that could have been better spent addressing the country’s acute economic troubles and made Malaysia appear even less attractive as an investment destination.  According to Moody’s, foreign investors withdrew approximately RM24.5 billion ($5.83 billion) from the country in the third quarter of 2015. The ringgit also depreciated by 19% last year to its lowest level since 1997.

The main task for Najib will be whether he can manage down the budget deficit to 3.1% of GDP in 2016 from 3.2% in 2015 in the face of a further slowdown in Chinese economic growth and low oil prices. Najib’s stated aim is to balance the books by 2020, which would be no mean feat for a country that has run a deficit since 1998.

http://www.financeasia.com/News/405600,najib-razak-asias-worst-finance-minister-2016.aspx

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:25

NAJIB THE JINX? NOW, ABU DHABI FUND AABAR STARTS TO UNRAVEL, DRAGGED BY 1MDB WOES

While 1MDB has been hanging on to a bail out from the Abu Dhabi fund Aabar to cover its debts, it turns out that Aabar itself is seeking to re-finance its own massive debts!

Last week its new managers were in the UK trying to raise at least US$2.5 billion (insiders say it is more) to cover a loan coming due in April.

1MDB is due to pay back its own billion dollar debt to Aabar out of equivalent assets by June… except many have pointed out that, having sold off its major assets already to try and bring down its multi billion dollar over-draft, 1MDB has nothing left to provide Aabar with its payback.

Aabar is a subsidiary of the sovereign wealth fund IPIC, which has guaranteed its position. However, the fund managers who had extended the loan to 1MDB, having been involved in a number of joint ventures with the Malaysian development fund, have now been sacked.

The new managers of Aabar, who are struggling to manage the vast losses incurred over recent years, are unlikely to wish to continue to bail out 1MDB when that repayment comes due in June.

Since the Minister of Finance, Najib Razak, gave an effective guarantee to Aabar on behalf of 1MDB on the bail out, this is another tab that the Malaysian taxpayer will apparently be forced to pick up to cover the billions that have disappeared from the so-called development fund. – Sarawak Report

Troubles resurface for Malaysia’s Najib in Europe

Date
January 30, 2016

South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media

A case involving allegations of high-level bribery, blackmail, betrayal and the murder of a glamorous Mongolian socialite in Malaysia has resurfaced in France, only days after Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak was cleared of corruption charges at home.

French prosecutors have charged a French businessman involved in Malaysia’s $US2 billion ($2.8 billion) purchase of two French-Spanish built submarines with paying illegal kickbacks to a Malaysian official linked to Mr Najib, according to the French newsagency AFP.

Mr Najib, who was defence minister at the time of the purchase, has denied any wrongdoing but the case has been the subject of hot rumours and speculation in Malaysia’s social media during his seven-year rule.

The French report named Ferrari-driving Malaysian businessman Abdul Razak Baginda, one of Mr Najib’s best friends and policy advisers, as the person who allegedly received the kickbacks.

zsMurdered 28-year-old Mongolian socialite Altantuya Shaariibuu. Photo: Supplied

While the submarine deal was being negotiated, Mr Baginda was the lover of 28-year-old Mongolian socialite Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered by two of Mr Najib’s bodyguards in a patch of jungle in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

French authorities who opened an investigation into the submarine purchases almost four years ago have issued an indictment against Bernard Baiocco, 72, the former president of Thales International Asia, according to an AFP report in the French language, that was translated by the Malaysiakini news website.

In 2008 a Malaysian judge sensationally dropped a charge of abetting murder against Mr Baginda, even before any evidence was heard at his trial.

Lawyers expect Mr Baginda will be called to testify at a French hearing.

“We feel very encouraged and happy to hear the case has moved forward and that French investigators have arrived on a very important finding and a key French official has been formally indicted,” Cynthia Gabriel from the Malaysian human rights organisation Suaram was quoted as telling Malaysiakini.

BACKGROUND

While the submarine deal was being negotiated, Mr Baginda was the lover of 28-year-old Mongolian socialite Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered by two of Mr Najib’s bodyguards in a patch of jungle in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

Ms Shaariibuu was dragged from a car, knocked unconscious and shot twice in the head, according to court testimony.

She had begged for the life of her unborn baby and then her body was wrapped in C4 explosives and blown up, ensuring the fetus was destroyed, along with the identity of the father.

Ms Shaariibuu, who was abducted outside Mr Baginda’s house, had reportedly demanded $US500,000 to remain silent about her knowledge of the submarine deal.

In 2008 a Malaysian judge sensationally dropped a charge of abetting murder against Mr Baginda, even before any evidence was heard at his trial.

Mr Najib’s police commando bodyguards were subsequently convicted and sentenced to death over Ms Shaariibuu’s murder.

One of them, Sirul Azhar Umar, managed to flee to Australia and is now in custody in Sydney’s Villawood immigration detention centre.

Malaysia has called for his return but Australian law forbids sending suspects back to other countries to face possible execution.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/troubles-resurface-for-malaysias-najib-in-europe-20160130-gmhmn0.html#ixzz3ypsnkdps
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