It seems that allegations after allegations have been surfacing against prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as his name has been mentioned by another foreign publication. With the whole 1MDB saga involving the Wall Street Journal not subsided, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has reported that Najib’s office has been linked with a corruption case involving the printing of polymer bank notes in Australia.
According to the report, Canberra has requested for information from Putrajaya on improper dealings of 2 Australian Reserve Bank firms over the contracts but has not obtained anything. It alleged that the people in the office of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib were involved in this case and Malaysia has not provided the assistance from Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department for information.
SMH reported that several Australian businessmen who worked for the Securency and Note Printing Australia has since been prosecuted which seemed to involve several Malaysian officials who bribed the 2 companies between late 1990s and 2009 to convert paper notes to polymer ones for the Ringgit. It was mentioned that some of the middlemen involved were allegedly close to those in Abdullah and Najib’s offices.
With the 1MDB still a ‘hot issue’ on everyone’s mind, this is surely something which is unwelcomed by Najib and his administration. But based on past records, the following actions will most likely happen.
- Najib will go ‘silent’.
- Fingers will be pointed to others. Probably towards Abdullah or Dr M
- Lawyers will be called in to sue the foreign publication
15 July – As expected, 2 of the predictions has come true.
In No.2, the Prime Minister will be taking legal action against Australia’s The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. The statement was posted in the Facebook page claiming that instead of providing evidence, the articles used words like ‘suspected’, ‘allegations’ and ‘suggesting’ that were intended to lead readers into ‘thinking’ that the prime minister is guilty.
In No. 3, Najib said that the alleged bribes were taken during the time of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time when he was the prime minister. He said that the bribes allegedly took place between 1999 and 2004 and yet there was no mention of Dr Mahathir’s name in the report, naming only Najib and Abdullah.
Stay tuned for more updates.