20 April 2019
10 November 2018
1MDB Probe Shows Malaysian Leader Najib Spent Millions on Luxury Goods
Accounts of prime minister paid out $15 million for clothes, jewelry and a car
HONOLULU, Hawaii—On Christmas Eve 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stepped onto Hawaii’s 18-hole Kaneohe Klipper course for a round of golf diplomacy with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Off the fairways, another side of Mr. Najib’s time in office was on display. Two days earlier, the prime minister’s credit card was charged $130,625 to Chanel in Honolulu, according to Malaysian investigation documents. A person who works at a Chanel store in the upscale Ala Moana Center recalls Mr. Najib’s wife shopping there just before Christmas.
The credit card was paid from one of several private bank accounts owned by Mr. Najib that global investigators believe received hundreds of millions of dollars diverted from a government investment fund set up by the prime minister in 2009. The fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB, today is at the center of corruption probes by authorities in Malaysia and at least five other nations.
The Malaysian investigation documents, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, contain bank-transfer information that provides the most complete picture to date of the money that flowed through the prime minister’s accounts over a five-year period, the majority of it, investigators say, originating from 1MDB.
They show for the first time how some of the money in Mr. Najib’s accounts allegedly was used for personal expenses. That included $15 million in spending on clothes, jewelry and a car, according to the bank-transfer information, involving stores in the U.S., Malaysia, Italy and elsewhere.
The disclosures appear to undermine key claims Mr. Najib and his allies have made in his defense, including that none of the money went toward personal expenses. They also detail how Mr. Najib used the funds to operate a large political machine, with money flowing from his accounts to politicians, think tanks and lawyers during a close election in 2013.
Mr. Najib, who was seen by Washington as a liberal, Western-friendly leader when he first came into power in 2009, didn’t respond to requests for comment. He has strenuously denied wrongdoing.
A lawyer for Mr. Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, declined to comment. The 1MDB fund also didn’t respond to questions. It has denied sending money to Mr. Najib’s accounts or other wrongdoing and said it is cooperating with probes.
NAZIF-GATE EXPLODES INTO THE OPEN: ‘WE HELD HANDS & KISSED BUT IT WAS JUST FOR A MINUTE’ – ACTRESS CELIA CHANG SCOLDED FOR GOING OUT WITH ‘SON OF A MAN FACING CORRUPTION CHARGES’; REPORT ALSO CLAIMS NAJIB’S SON BEGAN CHASING HER A YEAR AGO ALTHOUGH SHE ALREADY HAD A BOYFRIEND
INUTE’ – ACTRESS CELIA CHANG SCOLDED FOR GOING OUT WITH ‘SON OF A MAN FACING CORRUPTION CHARGES’; REPORT ALSO CLAIMS NAJIB’S SON BEGAN CHASING HER A YE
PETALING JAYA: The manager of Celia Chang is preventing the Taiwanese actress from accessing her Facebook page for fear comments there may “unsettle” her, reported Taiwanese news portal Apple Daily.
On Friday (July 6), the portal reported that Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, the son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, was seeing dining with Chang for more than three hours at a restaurant in Taipei’s Xinyi district on Thursday (July 5)
This reportedly happened soon after Najib was released on bail following his arrest on July 3 over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
The portal also reported that Chang claimed to have taken a taxi home after having drinks with Mohd Nazifuddin at a bar in the hotel where he was staying and did not spend the night with him.
She did not deny that they held hands but said that it was just for a minute.
Chang also strongly denied any there were any romantic notions when she and Mohd Nazifuddin kissed, saying it was “just a way of saying goodbye”.
29 June 2018
Semua famili Najib akan disiasat. Memalukan perbuatan seorg PM dan Isteti.
27 June 2018
No one from Umno has claimed cash seized in Najib raids, say cops
NO one from Umno has come forward to claim the money seized in raids by the police on premises linked to Najib Razak in connection with 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigations, police said today.
Not even Najib, the former party president, had claimed the money as Umno’s, said Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
“We won’t know. The word ‘Umno’ wasn’t printed on the money.
“But if they claim it’s Umno money, then we have to record a statement from them,” he said at a press conference today where he revealed that RM1.1 billion worth of jewellery, cash and other luxury items had been seized in the raids.
The cash amount was RM116.7 million in 26 currencies.
Umno’s strategic communications unit had said on May 24 that the party needed the funds to rebuild itself after losing the 14th general election.
“Umno is seeking to recover these funds and we request police to release and return them to the party after investigations are completed.
RM686m haul from Najib-linked condos: 2,200 rings, 1,400 necklaces, 567 handbags
Police today revealed the items seized from a raid on properties linked to former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak last month, the value of which totals RM686.37 million.
According to Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Commissioner Amar Singh, the items seized and their values are as follows:
- RM116.7 million in cash
- 12,000 pieces of jewellery worth RM440 million
- 567 handbags valued at RM51.3 million
- 423 watches valued at RM78 million
- 234 sunglasses valued at RM374,000
Amar Singh also provided a breakdown on the 12,000 pieces of jewellery which include:
- 1,400 necklaces
- 2,200 rings
- 2,100 bangles
- 2,800 earrings
- 1,600 brooches
- 14 tiaras
20 June 2018
Najib explains handbags, cash and jewellery stash
Most of them were gifts given to his wife and daughter, says the former prime minister, breaking his silence for the first time about the seizure of luxury goods and cash worth millions of ringgit.
LANGKAWI: Former prime minister Najib Razak says he shouldn’t be blamed for the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and declares he knows nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his personal account.
He does, though, have explanations for the vast sums of cash, luxury handbags and jewellery recently seized from his homes by the Malaysian authorities.
Speaking to Reuters in his first sit-down interview since his shock May 9 election defeat, Najib said his advisers and the management and board of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), had wrongly kept the alleged embezzlement of funds a secret from him.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters yesterday that the authorities have “an almost perfect case” against Najib on charges of embezzlement, misappropriation and bribery linked to 1MDB.
Najib, in some of his most extensive comments yet on the 1MDB scandal, said he did not know if hundreds of millions of dollars that moved through his personal account was from 1MDB, and if money from the fund was eventually laundered to acquire assets globally, including yachts, paintings, gems and prime real estate.
“I’m not party to the yacht, the paintings… I’ve never seen those paintings whatsoever,” said Najib.
“I was not aware of these purchases. This was done without my knowledge. I would never authorise 1MDB funds to be used for any of these items. I’ve been in government so long, I know what’s right and what’s wrong,” he said in the interview held at a luxurious sea-facing private villa in a five-star hotel on the island of Langkawi.
He blamed 1MDB’s board, saying it was incumbent upon them to tell him if something was wrong.
He described Low and Najib’s stepson Riza as friends but said he was not aware of any dealings involving 1MDB funds in Riza’s Hollywood production company, which produced The Wolf of Wall Street, among other movies.
When asked if he was still in touch with Low, Najib said: “We have cut off communication again. I don’t know where he is.”
Low’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
17 June 2018
EVER LAVISH, NAJIB & ROSMAH SPOTTED IN LANGKAWI WITH ’30 PIECES OF LUGGAGE’: 5 UMNO LEADERS MET EX-PM AT HOTEL – REPORT
PETALING JAYA — Barred from leaving the country, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor made heads turn when they were spotted at two airports with a massive number of luggage yesterday.
Just a day after hosting hundreds of visitors at Sri Kenangan, his home in Pekan, Pahang for the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations that started Friday, Najib and his wife made their way to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor.
They were later seen at the Langkawi airport in Kedah yesterday with several other local Umno leaders.
Kuah assemblyman Nor Saidi Nanyan posted two pictures of him welcoming Najib at what seems to be the Langkawi airport lounge area, and later sending him off at the door to the departure hall.
In one of the pictures, Nor Saidi, former Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad and former Ayer Hangat assemblyman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid were seen hanging out with Najib at the Langkawi airport terminal.
Malaysians on social media also uploaded a picture in what seemed like several trolleys of luggage belonging to Najib and his family at the airport’s baggage reclaim area.
Film director Quek Shio Chuan had also posted a nine-second video of Najib’s white Toyota Vellfire at KLIA on his Facebook wall on Saturday.
“We just saw Najib and Rosmah at KLIA.. went straight into fasttrack..international departure. they r allowed to fly?” he posted in a caption under the comments section.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 12 family members have arrived in Langkawi for a holiday. Sources say they are staying at the St Regis Hotel. Najib is scheduled to play golf during his stay.
2 June 2018
How to get a Birkin: be a ‘someone’
You can’t walk into a shop and ask to see one…you must be a ‘someone’ or know a ‘someone’ just to get started.
PETALING JAYA: What makes a Hermes Birkin handbag so desirable? Partly because not everyone can get one: you can’t just walk into a Hermes shop and ask to view a Birkin.
Tales have circulated for years about would-be customers placing orders only to be told that they are on a waiting list, but such rumours have yet to be proven.
An industry expert who wished to remain anonymous told FMT that it was the designer label’s unspoken policy to maintain secrecy about how to obtain a Birkin.
“If you walk into a store and ask for it, they will not tell you if it is available. This is a marketing scheme that they practise to make the Birkin even more desirable.
“Some nicer sales people will tell you that you have to wait three years, depending. Even if they have stock in the storeroom, they will not bring it out unless you are someone they are familiar with – for example, an existing or celebrated Birkin customer, or a friend of such a person.”
Otherwise, the expert said, it is unlikely that one would lay eyes on a Birkin handbag.
This scarcity alone makes the Birkin so desirable that customers are willing to pay a minimum of RM50,000 a bag.
Hermes Malaysia would not comment on the Birkin bags and how they could be obtained.
“The Birkin handbags known to belong to Rosmah are made from some of the rarest leather,” the expert said. Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, is reputed to have a penchant for Birkin bags.
Earlier this month, authorities seized nearly 300 boxes containing various brands of handbags, including Birkin, from properties linked to Najib’s family.
30 May 2018
In 2012, PS reported on the FLOM paying a visit to Sydney fashion designer Carl Kapp’s boutique. She was so impressed with his designs he later visited her and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in their luxury, $20,000-a-night penthouse suite at the then new The Darling hotel atop Star Casino.
Razak even greeted Kapp wearing his bathrobe, and the designer was paid in cash for a huge haul of gowns, at the time estimated to be worth about $100,000.
But once my story on the shopping spree reached Malaysia, all hell broke loose, with the FLOM later claiming the gowns were bought for a specialist boutique she was supplying for in Malaysia and accusing me of “wildly exaggerating” her spending, despite all the details being confirmed by several of those involved.
It later turned out that the FLOM had also been busy shopping up a storm at the Christian Dior counter at David Jones, where she picked up half a dozen or so expensive handbags.
There were also whispers she had spent up big at the Paspaley pearl boutique in Martin Place, but by the time I got to ask if anyone knew about it, the shutters of discretion were being quickly drawn.
In 2013, in her autobiography, Biographi Rosmah Mansor, the then first lady responded to criticism of her spending writing, “I have bought some jewellery and dresses with my own money. What is wrong with that?”
In the book, Ms Mansor shared her explanations on how she earned and saved so much.
She said she was a naturally gifted accountant and had released her own recording album, which earned millions.
It wasn’t released to the public, but bought by government ministers who were big fans of her singing talent.
SHE’S an “obsessive” diamond shopper, collects Hermès Birkin bags, shops at Harrods in London, Chanel in Hawaii, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and numerous jewellers in Hong Kong.
One study of her shopping bills estimates she spent $8 million between 2008 and 2015 at designer stores all over the world, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia’s recently ousted prime minister, also reportedly spent around $400,000 on anti-ageing products including 1590 bottles of growth hormone capsules.
The 66-year-old “woman of steal” flaunts bespoke shoes and clothing and allegedly owns a $10 million 30-carat diamond ring, sparking comparisons with one-time Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos.
16 June 2016
New government jet in Kazakhstan, claims Rafizi
Following the expose that Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor flew to Istanbul on a chartered private jet, her aide claimed this is because the government jet ACJ320 9M-NAB is under maintenance.
This prompted PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, who made the matter public, to embark on a mission to track 9M-NAB down.
Based on an informant’s disclosure, the Pandan lawmaker alleged that the trail led him to a Central Asian nation.
“I was informed that until last week, June 12, the new government-owned jet ACJ320 9M-NAB is in Kazakhstan as displayed in the database of the plane’s position,” he told a press conference in Kuala Kangsar this afternoon.
Kazakhstan is where Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s son-in-law Daniyar Kessikbayev hails from.
Meanwhile, Rafizi said even if the ACJ320 9M-NAB is under maintenance, the prime minister’s wife could have used another jet, ACJ319 9M-NAA, as the government has two operational jets at present – ACJ319 9M-NAA and BBJ737-700 M53-01.
Berita Stesen Tv KOREA Menyiarkan Rosmah Shopping….
Published on Jun 18, 2017
A Korean TV station reported on the news that the wife of the Malaysian Prime Minister, Rosmah Mansor has allegedly gone on a shopping spree and spent 6.6 billion Korean Won on clothes, shoes and jewelry. Malaysia is once again made famous on the world stage. 6.6 billion Korean Won = ~RM25 million / dua puluh lima juta ringgit #MenabungSejakDariKecil Source: SBS (Korea)
MIC: WSJ report on Rosmah like terrorist attack on Msia. Vell Paari says it’s a form of terrorism to destroy nation http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/355683
The latest report by The Wall Street Journal on prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor’s spending is akin to a “terrorist attack” on Malaysia, says MIC treasurer-general S Vell Paari.
Vell Paari said the report, which claimed that Rosmah spent US$6 million on clothes, shoes and jewellery over seven years, undermines national sovereignty.
Questioning the US financial daily’s motives, he said the report is “nothing short of a lie”.
“I would not be surprised that after this, WSJ would then come out with an expose that the US$600 million from the Saudi Royal government was actually channelled into (Rosmah’s) credit card account. Because that is what WSJ does best. It writes fiction.
“In my opinion, the attacks from WSJ on this country are a form of a terrorist attack on Malaysia, by trying to destroy this country politically and economically,” Vell Paari said in a statement today.