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Friday, July 28, 2017

UPDATED WITH COMMENTS John Mallot : Najib an international pariah

Hi folks. I was not able to add my comments to this article before. Here they are, at the end of the post.


What has happened to governance in Malaysia ?  "A letter to the Malaysian People"

John Malott :   

Some people were surprised when I said that the US government's seizure of assets - condos, mansions, hotels and art work - all of which were  purchased with money stolen from 1MDB and the Malaysian people - was only the beginning. 

It's true. There's lots more to come. 

There will be criminal indictments coming, most likely including Riza Aziz and Jho Low, who both are very closely connected to Prime Minister Najib Razak.  

There will be a mention in a future criminal prosecution of an "unindicted co-conspirator", who now is widely known as "Malaysian Official 1". When he no longer is in office, he will be indicted in the US. 

Here are some thoughts about what happens next on the US side. The US government already has seized these assets, or asked other governments, such as Switzerland and the UK, to seize them. 

They have been blocked. 

Under US law, the next step is for Aziz, Jho Low and others to try and prove in a court of law that the assets that were seized from them truly were purchased with their own money - and not from funds stolen from 1MDB. 

Of course, they cannot prove that. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) filing was meticulous, thorough and totally professional. The evidence is all there. It even includes the transcripts of wiretapped phone calls of a panicked Jho Low talking to his bankers.  

Thanks to the FBI and the DOJ, it is so clear. We know where the money came from.  It was stolen from the Malaysian people through 1MDB. 

Your money, not ours. 

As US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch and the others pointed out many times, the money was stolen from the people of Malaysia. The assets belong to  them. 

So the US government will hold all of the seized assets - the real estate, the paintings, the rights to "Wolf of Wall Street" etc - in trust on behalf of the people of Malaysia, from whom the money was stolen. 

The assets will not belong to the US government. 

(How ironic that the US attorney general seems to care more about this thievery than the Malaysian attorney-general does..) 

In the meantime, the US government will rent out Aziz's condo in New York and his Beverly Hills house. It will take over the management of the hotels in New York  and Beverly Hills  that were purchased by Jho Low with the stolen money. 

The US government will collect the profits from all future sales of the DVDs and TV rights of "The Wolf of Wall Street".  The Monet and Van Gogh paintings will go on exhibition somewhere, so everyone can enjoy. And so on. 

And all of the profit that is earned will be held in trust by the US government on behalf of the Malaysian people. It is your money, not ours.  

What about Rosmah's son, Riza ? 

Young Riza will soon be homeless. The US government has seized his homes. 

In order to save itself and the films it has in production (including a new film about George Washington, starring Leonardo DiCaprio), I predict that Red Granite Pictures will get rid of Aziz. 

So Aziz will be jobless too. 

When the US government files criminal charges against Aziz (and I am sure they will), they will ask the court to seize his passport so he cannot leave the US. 

The Malaysian Embassy in Washington may try to defraud the US government and issue a new passport to Aziz, with a new number, so he can leave the country. At that point, we will see how efficient the US government is at catching this. 

If the Malaysian government asks for the seized assets to be transferred back to them, the US will do so. 

But will Najib do that ? No. If Najib asks for the money back, it means that he is admitting that the money was stolen from the development fund that he headed, that the stolen money went to his stepson and his "advisor" Jho Low, and that he has been lying about this to the Malaysian people for years. 

So, of course he will never do that.  

Asking for the money back will have to wait for a future prime minister. 

And why would Najib want to ask "for the money back" when he and his family and cronies already have it - or have  spent it ? 

An international pariah. 

From an international viewpoint, this is the end of Najib.  He is an international pariah. The world now thinks he is a crook. He is a fraud. The world will want nothing to do with him. 

He will not be welcomed anywhere. 

When he speaks to the United Nations General Assembly next fall, there will be only 30 or so people in the room, mostly Malaysians. 

Other leaders will be embarrassed to be seen with him, to shake his hand, to be photographed with him. 

As for Rosmah, her credit at Hermes and Tiffany's and elsewhere is now cut off

Those luxury stores now know the money was not hers. it was stolen from the Malaysian people. They do not want to be complicit in international money laundering. They have their own reputations to protect. 

That is how the world will react. But how will the Malaysian people react ?  Will Najib get away with this, back in Malaysia ? 

I fear that the answer is yes. If so, it means that Malaysia is now in Mugabe-land. 

The inspector-general of police (IGP)  says that the US government never asked for cooperation from the Malaysian government in their investigation. Yet both the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and teh FBI have said that they cooperated with each other in this investigation. The IGP knows the truth, so why did he say otherwise ? Why did he lie ? 

The Malaysian AG says that this is all speculation and innuendo, and that there is no proof of the US government's charges. Yet the US government has issued a very thorough, professional and detailed 136-page filing evidence with th court. It i there for the AG to read. Instead, why did he choose to insult the integrity of the US government ? 

Why did he lie ? 

As long as Malaysia's IGP and AG continue to deny the truth in the face of the overwhelming facts, we know where this is going. 

How ironic it is, that is the US government - the FBI and the US Attorney-General - who are doing the job that the IGP and Malaysian AG should be doing. 

As US AG Lynch said, this is the Malaysian people's money. It is not America's. 

We want to give it back to you.

JOHN MALOTT is a former US ambassador to Malaysia,


My comments :  This is going around. Dont know when exactly Mallot wrote this.

I dont know if the Majlis Tertinggi Bodoh can still read English or if they have read John Mallot or if they have read that they even care about what Mallot says here. 

Having been an American ambassador and a member of the US government, certainly Mallot knows a little more about what exactly is going on. 

I am disappointed with Mallot's point that :   

There will be a mention in a future criminal prosecution of an "unindicted co-conspirator", who now is widely known as "Malaysian Official 1". When he no longer is in office, he will be indicted in the US. 

I thought the American justice system is professional and impartial. What do you mean "wait until the pariah is no longer in office? What if he remains in office for the next 20 years? There will be no criminal indictment for 20 years?  That does not sound right.

But I would like the Majlis Tertinggi Bodoh to ponder this :     There will be a mention in a future criminal prosecution of an "unindicted co-conspirator", who now is widely known as "Malaysian Official 1"

So he will be named. Imagine your party president mentioned in a criminal prosecution as a 'co-conspirator'.  Tak malu ke?

It is true that Donald Trump did not even shake hands with Najib in Saudi Arabia.  As more time passes world leaders will shun Najib more and more.  He will indeed become an international pariah. Worse than Robert Mugabe.

Around the world, countries that were known as the most corrupt nations on earth are mending their ways.  Particularly their political leadership is showing a good example.  Good examples will be Indonesia, India and the Philippines.   Indonesia's Jokowi, India's Narendra Modi and Duterte of the Philippines are setting good examples of incorruptible or less corrupt leadership.  

Times are changing. 
Their people demand good and clean leaders.

The opposite is happening in Malaysia. 

Corruption is now compulsory. A recent survey showed 35% or so of university students say that corruption is not morally wrong.




Looks like Najib is not the only pariah in the country.

I can say this. There are many, many more people in this country who are not pariahs.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Qatar Blockade Fails : Saudi Arabia Forced To U Turn


US dishes dirt on Saudis to flush Gulf blockade on Qatar.
By  Finian Cunningham
 
(Finian Cunningham (born 1963) is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge)

Saudi Arabia made sudden U-turn on Qatar blockade. 
new list of six watered-down “principles of agreement” issued. 
ultimatum to shutter Al Jazeera no longer on list.

a bad week for Saudis in US media. 
slew of embarrassing stories got wide coverage
undermining Saudi Arabia 

Saudi Arabia capitulated in standoff with Qatar.
 
Qatar blockade

row between Qatar and Saudi Arabia worst flare up among oil monarchies 
All of the energy-rich sheikhdoms are American client regimes. 
prolonged rift posing danger to American strategic interests in region.

Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of “supporting terrorism”,  too friendly with Iran
Qatar accused of meddling in internal affairs of Arab neighbors, inciting instability.

Saudi blockade imposed 13 demands, deadline June 23 
Qataris simply ignored ultimatum.

One of the demands : to shutter Al Jazeera TV
betrayed despotic nature of Saudi Arabia 

standoff acutely discomfiting for Washington
association with despotic (Saudis) under sharp focus 

US rely on Qatar for main military base serving Middle East. 
American Central Command HQ in Qatar 
al Udeid airbase, 10,000 troops stationed, hub for US air strikes in Iraq, Syria
coordinating center - Afghanistan to Yemen.

America’s position predicated on unity between Sunni kingdoms. 
At stake is US military projection, global petrodollar monetary system 

US media cranked up damaging stories on Saudi Arabia 

1.  US media played up story on "skirt arrest"
  • prominent coverage on arrest of young Saudi woman for wearing skirt. 
  • US media went big on story. 
  • young lady promptly released from custody without charge.



                                                "I Kill You" - Saved by her hemline.


2.   Story of Saudi student facing beheading 
  • participated in anti-government protests. 
  • Trump being implored to intervene 

3.  Another juicy read was palace intrigue in House of Saud
  • ouster of Crown Prince in soft coup 
  • Mohammed bin Nayef  under house arrest to prevent counter-coup
  • NY Times relied on CIA,  net effect to undermine Saudis

4. Biggest story was UAE hacking fake news in Qatar 
  • given prominence by Washington Post
  • US intelligence backed Qatar in row with Saudi 
  • US intel said Qatar News Agency (QNA) hacked by UAE on May 24
  • which sparked the whole stand-off in the first place.
UAE planted fake news on QNA site that the :
  • Qatari ruler praised Iran as “Islamic power” 
  • voiced support for Hamas. 
which caused Saudis to imposed blockade on Qatar 
issued demands, notably shut-down of Al Jazeera.

following these bad news stories in US media,  impasse set for resolution.
Saudi made sudden U-turn on Qatar. 
new list of 6 watered-down “principles of agreement” issued. 
ultimatum to shut down Al Jazeera no longer on list.

dishing dirt on Saudis allowed US to flush Persian Gulf blockage.

My comments :  Its not that easy.  Among the camel shaggers, once insults are traded, the feuds will drag on for longer.

The Qatar-Saudi feud is a little more mundane (dull). It also involves questions on legitimacy. Legitimacy of the Saud clan to the throne of the Wahhabi religion. Ouch!

The Qatari sheikh claims to be the more "rightful" heir of Ibn Abdul Wahhab the founder of satanic Wahhabism.

Here is some Arab mud slinging :

"Qatar's ruling al-Thani family traces its history to Najd, the central and northern part of Saudi Arabia where Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was from, but it is not clear whether there is a direct family link to him.

the statement referred to "the emir of one of the Gulf states" who had built a mosque named after Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, claiming that the cleric was his great grandfather. Qatar's state mosque, opened in 2011, is known as the Sheikh Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab mosque."

Recall Lawrence of Arabia saying (in 1949) that the Arabs will always be "a little people, a silly people, greedy, barbarous and cruel'.

Here is the movie clip :



Link : https://youtu.be/4gMt1PBC5BU