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Updates on Najib and 1MDB – MACC officers not joining PMO, remains in Commission

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10th August – Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob, the director of special operations and strategic communications director of MACC will remain at the commission after all. They were supposed to be transferred out of MACC to take up their new appointments at the Prime Minister’s Office but it has since been cancelled and hence, they will continue their work in the commission.

3rd August – The MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) has reported that the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) reportedly channelled into Najib’s personal bank accounts were not from 1MDB. Instead, it came from donors. MACC however did not mention who the donors were and how the money was spent or used for.

Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has put off the claims saying that the statement was made to try and convince the public that the funds going into Najib’s account were not connected to anything corrupted whatsoever.

2nd August – Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin, the MACC director (Special Operations) was questioned by the police for 3 hours over claims that he was involved in leaking documents of 1MDB to the public. Earlier, 2 other officials from MACC were questioned by the police. This includes Datuk I.G Chandran who is the commission’s head of forensics and Tuan Ruslan Tuan Mat who is the Senior Assistant Commissioner of MACC.

1st August – 3 individuals were arrested by the police in the investigations on the 1MDB fiasco. The 3 are Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) with the MACC Ahmad Sazilee Khairi, a former MACC Adviser Rahspal Singh and Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, an official from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC).

31st July – According to the newly-appointed A-G (Attorney-General), details relating to the investigations of 1MDB including statements taken from the witnesses will not be disclosed to the public. Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said that while the public is supposed to be informed, it would not be appropriate to disclose details on criminal investigations to be released. This is because they will compromise the ongoing investigations on 1MDB which is currently in limbo with the sudden change in personnel both in PAC and the task force in light of the recent cabinet reshuffling which saw Tan Sri Muhyiddin being dropped as the deputy prime minister.

30th July – the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia has joined in the fray by saying that the PAC cannot continue with its probe on 1MDB until a new chairman is elected. This was in direct contrast to the statement made by the deputy chairman of PAC, Dr Tan who said that the committee had enough quorum to continue its investigation as per Standing Orders 77 (3).

29th July – Dr Tan Seng Giaw, the deputy chairman of PAC refuted the statement made by Nur Jazlan and that the probe will continue because they have enough members to form a quorum. After the members left PAC, there are 9 members left. According to the Standing Order, they only need 3 members and 1 Chairman. Since Nur Jazlan vacated his seat, the deputy will take over the chair.

28th July – A day after speaking out about the 1MDB fiasco, Tan Sri Muhyiddin, together with 5 other cabinet ministers were ‘removed’ and dropped from cabinet. Taking Muhyiddin’s place is Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who holds the Home Ministry portfolio as well.

In this appointment, PAC chairman Datuk Seri Nur Jazlan and 5 others PAC members were appointed into the cabinet as well. As such, the investigations into 1MDB was put ‘on hold’ until a new team of members are appointed which can only take place in October when Parliament reconvenes.

27th July – Tan Sri Muhyiddin made a startling statement when he said that even he is not sure what is happening with the 1MDB crisis. He said that he had advised Najib to step down from chairing 1MDB’s board but the Prime Minister would not listen. Muyhiddin added that he was reading The Edge to learn about 1MDB.

10 July – The PAC has announced that they will be summoning Jho Low or Low Taek Jho for questioning over his role in the whole 1MDB fiasco. Jho was the special adviser to the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) which is actually the original company before it became 1MDB. Low is being investigated in the controversy by the special task force set up to look in this matter. Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, the chairman of PAC said that they are calling Low to ‘verify some issues’ while 3 of the Big 4 audit firms, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernst & Young will be called in as well.

9 July – According to the task force investigating the expose made by WSJ over billions of ringgit allegedly funneled into Najib’s personal account, there were actually 2 bank accounts belonging to Najib at AmBank Islamic but they were already closed before the report made by WSJ. The task force stated that the accounts were closed in August 2013 and March 2015 respectively and were not among the 6 bank accounts that had been frozen as reported on Monday.

In another development, the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) said that 1MDB has yet to submit their bank statements and signed agreements as requested by the Auditor-General. This is after repeated requests.

7 July – 6 bank accounts linked to the investigation on the 1MDB and Najib have now been frozen. The task force formed to investigate allegations of the millions of dollars purportedly channeled into Najib’s bank accounts has issued the order to freeze the 6 accounts linked to the case.The task force is made up of the Attorney-General, Bank Negara Malaysia, the Royal Malaysian Police Force and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

This came in light to the confirmation by Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on the receipt of documents linked to the US$700 million allegedly linked to Najib’s accounts.

Besides that, documents from 17 accounts from 2 banks were seized to facilitate the investigations. No names have been reported on the owners of the bank accounts.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has called for the reopening of the murder case involving Ambank founder Hussein Ahmad Najadi to clear any links between the case with the 1MDB issue, which has now reached fever pitch.

According to the Wall Street Journey, it was alleged that US$619,999,988 and US$60,999,988 were transferred by Tanore Finance Corp into an AmBank account which allegedly belonged to Najib. The prime minister has denied the allegations.

The Story So Far….

The Wall Street Journal is surely in some hot soup as it published a report claiming that some RM2.6 billion of the funds belonging to the hotly debated 1MDB have been transferred to the personal accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib, in response to this has rubbished the claims saying that it was a case of political sabotage and that he has been victimized by the relentless attacks. According to WSJ, the amount was placed in his personal account. Najib said that such stories were not logical as he would surely not want to place the money in a Malaysian account if he intended to ‘steal’.

Since the report surfaced, calls for Najib to sue WSJ have come from all quarters including those from the opposition which called for Najib to clear his name.

The report was published by WSJ and Sarawak Report which has been instrumental in the revelations involving the 1MDB recently. Najib has since claimed that the allegations were linked to Dr Mahathir.

 

They say that a picture paints a thousand words.

Published by whistleblower website Sarawak Report, which has been instrumental in the revelations involving the 1MDB and its associations. The picture was taken in July 2009 during Najib’s four-day official visit.

From left:

  • Jho Low – the man many claim to be the mastermind of the Joint Venture between PetroSaudi and 1MDB
  • Prince Turki, the owner of PetroSaudi
  • The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor
  • Nor Ashman – the son of Najib and Rosmah
  • Tarek Oabid – Director of PetroSaudi
  • Nooryana Najwa – Rosmah’s favoured daughter

Updates as of 7 July 2015:
http://graphics.wsj.com/documents/doc-cloud-embedder/?sidebar=1#2158723-1mdb-documents

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