Has justice been done in the 1MDB scandal?

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For years, the 1MDB scandal has shaken Malaysia. Billions of dollars were allegedly looted from a state fund set up to promote development. A former prime minister was implicated as well as a network of foreign companies. Malaysia’s rule of law was put to the test on Tuesday over Najib Razak’s involvement.

He was found guilty of all seven charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges. But the judge has allowed a delay in carrying out the sentence. He’s also fined RM210m. It’s the first of five corruption trials and is centred on the transfer of RM42m from a former unit of the fund, into Najib’s personal accounts. He denies any wrongdoing and has said he’ll appeal.

So, could this be a step towards rooting out corruption in Malaysia? And what, if any, are the political ramifications? These are some of the issues discussed in this Al Jazeera report.

Presenter: Laura Kyle

Guests:

  • Ei Sun Oh, former political secretary to Najib Razak
  • Clare Rewcastle Brown, investigative journalist who helped to expose the 1MDB Scandal
  • Bridget Welsh, honorary research associate at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus
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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
31 Jul 2020 11.27am

Worldwide disputes subjected to court cases may have little to do with justice but may be more compliance to laws some of which laws may have been as unjust in the views of some.

Justice is a personal view as the
WINNER CALLS THE VERDICTS AS ‘JUSTICE HAS PREVAILED/BEEN DONE whereas LOSERS MAY CALL THE VERDICTS AS UNJUST.

In some countries there is a
MINISTERY OF JUSTICE while in others it may be MINISTERY OF LAWS as may have BEEN realIzed that courts do not dispence justice but decide in accordance to countries’ laws and based on arguments and witnesses [some of whom may be fake] and RELIGIOUS OATHS MAY BE JUST FORMALITIES AND COSMETIC.

Bless all Be safe.