April 11, 2022 14:51 pm +08
KUALA LUMPUR (April 11): Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has contrasted the treatment by the courts in the United States of former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng Chong Hwa, who had been convicted, with a VIP here who he claimed had special treatment from the courts here in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case.
While Anwar, who is the Port Dickson member of Parliament, did not specify who the VIP is in his statement, it appeared to refer to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“The New York trial had ended in such a short time. The defendant (Roger Ng) was not allowed or given VIP treatment by the court to settle his personal matters, be it access to passports to go to non-important places.
“In Malaysia, a VIP who is also a defendant is getting special treatment by the court. This means that there are two sets of rules in Malaysia — the rich are treated such and such, while others are treated a different way,” he lamented in a Facebook post on Monday (April 11).
The sworn testimony of witnesses, Anwar said, had previously quashed claims made by Malaysian government officials that there was nothing wrong with Terengganu Investment Authority, which later became 1MDB.
Thus, the PKR president said it showed that corruption had stemmed there (1MDB) from day one, and this had extended for some time and continued because the existing system to provide checks and balances had failed.
He said every effort to stop the madness would end in failure.
Malaysia should not settle with Goldman Sachs
An officer from Goldman Sachs (Roger Ng) had already been convicted of the 1MDB scandal.
“To say that justice is served is not right. This follows that many witnesses in the US trial also mention the offences of others and the roles they played.
“The senior management of Goldman Sachs is involved in the 1MDB scandal and they should not be freed over their carelessness resulting in losses suffered by Malaysia. Due to Goldman Sachs’ clear involvement in this scam, I repeat my stand that the settlement of Goldman Sachs with Malaysia in 2020 is premature and also failed to take into consideration the losses suffered by Malaysians,” he said.
“Heartiest congratulations to the Eastern District New York prosecution for their efforts in pulling one of those involved in the 1MDB scandal that led to its conviction. Now we want justice for all Malaysians,” he added.
Anwar, who is PKR president, was reacting to Ng’s conviction by the New York court last Friday on all three counts of foreign bribery.