1MDB probe: Resign or face the rakyat, says Bersih 2.0

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Bersih 2.0 congratulates the US office of the attorney general’s brave statement titled “United States seeks to recover more than US$1bn obtained from corruption involving Malaysian sovereign wealth fund”.

The conclusion of their findings is extremely damning and they have stated exactly what civil society and many Malaysians have been saying about the grand scale kleptocracy that is happening in our country.

The actions of the US Department of Justice are not alone as there are six other international investigations made on money laundering and corruption that are related to the 1MDB scandal. This lawsuit confirms the intricate web of money laundering and corruption linked to 1MDB.

The Department of Justice’s findings show that money that was intended to help the Malaysian people was instead used for the personal enrichment of (allegedly) Prime Minister Najib Razak, his stepson Riza Aziz, Jho Low and other cronies around the world.

The rakyat’s money, intended for development projects, was spent on satisfying the greed of a few, including paying off gambling debts, purchasing a private jet, and funding a Hollywood film. Bear in mind that at the time the government-linked 1MDB came under the ministry of finance, Najib was the minister of finance and the chair of board of advisers of the debt-ridden company.

To cover up these crimes, Malaysia’s institutions have been twisted and perverted to suit the whims of Najib and those benefiting from the misuse of the rakyat’s money. The investigations in Malaysia by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have been shrouded in secrecy and their detailed findings hidden behind the cloak of the Official Secrets Act.

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The Attorney General, Apandi Ali, and the Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, must now answer for their failure to act against the largest corruption scandal in Malaysia’s history.

Not only have our institutions been compromised, in his desparation to avoid justice, Najib, along with the inspector general of police and the attorney general have harassed hundreds of critics through a slew of draconian laws, including the Sedition Act, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, the Official Secrets Act and the Peaceful Assembly Act.

The recent National Security Council Act has now given wide powers to Najib, under the guise of safeguarding national security. This has all been done to boost Najib’s personal impunity from criminal prosecution and the crackdown on those who speak up against his crimes.

Najib’s attempts to cover up and suppress the truth are over. It is time for this nation to end the plague of kleptocracy with impunity, the silencing of critics and the subversion of clean and fair elections. Such deplorable actions have totally destroyed people’s confidence and undermined the reputation of the country.

The nation has to move forward to restore the public’s confidence and reclaim the fabric of democracy and fair elections. Without comprehensive institutional reforms as demanded by hundreds of thousands of Malaysians in Bersih 4, the flickering light of democracy in Malaysia will be extinguished.

In view of the severity of the situation, Bersih 2.0 urgently calls for the following actions:

a) Najib to immediately resign as the Prime Minister and allow for independent investigations to be held so as to ensure no executive interference and violators are brought to justice.

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b) the attorney general to immediately resign for his role in attempting to clear Najib’s name in relation to the 1MDB corruption scandal.

c) An interim government to be set up to implement the institutional reforms demanded at the Bersih 4 rally, as well as to ensure free and fair elections at the next general election.

d) Given the overwhelming public interest in this case, all information relating to the investigations into 1MDB must be declassified and released to the public.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee

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Hakimi Abdul Jabar
12 Oct 2016 10.32am

I honestly read with aplomb Bersih’s Eight-Point Manifesto which includes an anti-corruption crusade as Point No#7, it will be much more enlightening to the general public if it could relate and pertinently inform the public of the 1MDB International Public Corruption & Money-Laundering Scandal to the International Fight Against Corruption & other international economic crimes such as money-laundering and the applicability of UNCAC which is in force and has been signed & ratified by 194 state parties as of date. Furthermore, it seems quite obvious that those who denounce and/or reject Bersih are pro-corruption, pro-money laundering & pro-other international economic crimes :

https://www.bersih.org/about/8demands/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_against_Corruption

https://www.finma.ch/en/news/2016/10/20161011-mm-falcon/

http://www.bundesanwaltschaft.ch/medien/00077/index.html?lang=en

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/us-seeks-to-recover-1-billion-in-largest-kleptocracy-case-to-date

Hakimi Abdul Jabar
30 Sep 2016 5.45pm

Any adult who has the vocabulary of a form 3 student after reading the investigative articles by the FBI and WSJ will pinpoint the transnational crimes of international public corruption and money-laundering.
It is that obvious!

“That is basically what we saw in the 1MDB case,” Wegner said. “And because these corrupt individuals used the U.S. banking system to hide or launder their criminal proceeds, the FBI took a lead role in investigating this matter.” He noted that the criminal investigation is ongoing.

MALAYSIA’S 1MDB SCANDAL
How $1 Billion Made Its Way to the Prime Minister
Investigators say at least $3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB. Here’s how they believe $1 billion ended up in the bank accounts of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/us-seeks-to-recover-1-billion-in-largest-kleptocracy-case-to-date

http://www.wsj.com/graphics/1mdb-money-flow/