21 June 2018
Rewcastle-Brown gets award for reporting on fraud
WHILE investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd are under way in Malaysia, Clare Rewcastle-Brown brought the controversy to the 2018 Global Fraud Conference in Las Vegas yesterday.
The Sarawak Report editor, whose whistleblower site has reported exposes on the sovereign wealth fund in recent years, was presented with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) Guardian Award for vigilance in fraud reporting at the conference.
In her keynote address yesterday morning, or near midnight Malaysian time, Rewcastle-Brown said if financier Low Taek Jho, the accused mastermind of the scandal, had not been so extravagant in Las Vegas, the 1MDB story might not have broke.
Low, also known as Jho Low, is known as former prime minister Najib Razak’s confidant and business adviser. He is said to have thrown some of the biggest parties that Las Vegas has ever seen.
It was reported that when he celebrated his 30th birthday in 2012, more than 300 guests were invited, including celebrities Jamie Foxx, Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro and Benicio Del Toro, and swimming champ Michael Phelps.
The party was held on a 217,800 sq ft lot along the Las Vegas Strip, complete with an indoor Ferris wheel and a 7m bar carved out of ice.
It was reported that the US Department of Justice said Low gambled away millions of dollars allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB at Las Vegas casinos.
“I find it sobering to reflect that probably none of this would have come out, and Najib would probably still be robbing the poor of his nation, if his young proxy had not been so ostentatious in the city of Las Vegas.
“Thank you for inviting me here to see it with my own eyes at last,” said Rewcastle-Brown.
19 May 2018
Once enemy of the state, S’wak Report editor now free to enter M’sia
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown was once considered an enemy of the state, accused of being part of a conspiracy to topple former premier Najib Abdul Razak and his administration from power by illegal means.
But with the new change in government, Rewcastle-Brown can now enter Malaysia freely.
“I had a really smooth arrival. My heart went a little bit [taps palm against chest] at immigration, but everyone was very nice as ever.
“Obviously (I had) no problem, so that was great,” she said to Malaysiakini upon arrival at KLIA yesterday.
Back in August 2015, Bukit Aman had issued an arrest warrant against her for offences allegedly committed under Section 124B and 124I of the Penal Code.
Section 124B and 124I deal with activities “detrimental to parliamentary democracy” and spreading false reports and statements to cause public alarm, respectively.
Rewcastle-Brown said she spoke to a few friends who made sure it was safe for her to come to Malaysia now.
“Well, I’ve been assured that these charges are being dropped, and Interpol is no longer being notified that Malaysia wants my extradition, so I came voluntarily instead,” she said.
She came to Malaysia to handle some personal matters, meet up with friends and “do the sort of things that journalists get up to.”
MCMC: Why we blocked live.undi.info, Sarawak Report and Medium
The MCMC also says that it has no reason to keep blocking the Sarawak Report or Medium as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) report is now public.
The Sarawak Report was blocked by the MCMC since July 2015 in response to complaints that the site was posting unsubstantiated information despite an ongoing investigation by a 1MDB special task force.
Following the 1MDB audit report being declassified on May 15, the block on both sites were lifted.