This is to answer PKR Communication Director, Fahmi Fadzil statement published on Free Malaysia Today, yesterday. Back in 2011, Fahmi became a ‘mee segera’ celebrity after his tweet landed him to a defamation suit by Female Magazine.
He tweeted that his pregnant friend was treated unkindly by her then-employer, Female Magazine.
Female Magazine and its parent company Blu Inc. Media were not amused, and took legal action against Mr. Fadzil in the form of a defamation lawsuit.
Fahmi: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has claimed that the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) announcement yesterday was nothing more than a treasonous ploy by Pakatan Harapan to enlist the help of foreign powers to intervene in our domestic politics.
It is apparent that the story about Datin Seri Rosmah buying diamonds and cincin is consistent with the opposition fitnah until PKR’s Rafizi Ramli was sued by Najib and said to the court that he was “just joking.”
Thirdly, the timing is suspicious as it comes a week before Malays balik kampung for the Hari Raya where such a juicy story would be discussed.
It is no secret that Pakatan is hoping for a “Malay Tsunami” and such a story at such a timing would benefit Pakatan the most.
It is also no secret that Pakatan is working with and has received funding from George Soros to help topple the BN government and Najib.
Late last year, the famous expose website Wikileaks had leaked details of a March 2016 lobbying by George Soros to the US Government to remove Najib and replace him with Anwar Ibrahim.
The secret documents from Wikileaks showed that Soros told the US Government that PM Najib is not fully loyal to the USA and plays both sides with China.
Soros also told the USA Governmetn that Anwar would be instrumental as the new leader of Malaysia if Najib falls. And even if Najib doesn’t fall, Anwar can provide the USA Govt with “insight and strategic leverage” on Malaysia.
Four months later after that lobbying, the USA Government’s DOJ launched a civil suit against 1MDB and popularizing the MO1 name to cause maximum damage to PM Najib and BN.
How coincidental and convenient!
Strangely, some pro-opposition individuals in Malaysia are even proud and prepared to be called a CIA agent or foreign agent as was reported just last week in MalaysiaKini.
Why would Malaysians and our opposition leaders want to work with foreign powers to launch propaganda attacks and bad-mouth Malaysia just so they can be the ones in power?
Fahmi: In the same blogpost, Salleh claims that this latest DoJ filing was to distract attention away from Pakatan Harapan which, according to him, was teetering on the brink of self-destruction.
I’m not certain if he is aware of it but, the last I checked, Pakatan Harapan does not control the US DoJ. In fact, even the US President himself does not control the DoJ.
So I think Salleh should cease slandering the opposition and spend more time explaining why – if the claims made in the DoJ filing are untrue – Putrajaya still has not sent a protest note to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur or summoned the US Ambassador to Malaysia to explain.
If Fahmi does not read, nothing has changed since last year except that more assets are listed. It is also important to note that civil asset forfeiture lawsuits are filed against the assets themselves and not individuals (such as Jhow Low etc). Owners of the assets can contest the forfeiture, which they are doing. Again, it is a civil action and if crime is committed why aren’t DOJ filed for criminal charges. Also, our learned Attorney General had issued a statement immediately after, which among others had clearly stated the following:
“We would like to express frustration that yet again AGC was not informed or alerted by DoJ of this action. We also note that there has been no evidence from any investigation conducted by any law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions that shows that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB; and that there have been no criminal charges against any individuals for misappropriation of funds from 1MDB.”
Fahmi: In actual fact, I think Salleh’s incoherent reasoning, coupled with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press secretary’s choice of words, reveal that Putrajaya is in panic mode.
How can they not be, when courts in several jurisdictions including in Switzerland and Singapore have successfully prosecuted, indicted, and even subjected lifetime bans on individuals found guilty of involvement in the 1MDB financial scandal.
Only in Malaysia has absolutely nothing been found.
And lest we forget, the aim of the civil forfeiture is to return the money stolen back to the Malaysian people.
It is mentioned clearly by DOJ own statement that a civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.
There were no requests made by US DOJ since its first civil forfeiture last year. Malaysia AGC clearly mentioned, AGC has yet to receive any request from DoJ to obtain any information or evidence. However, they welcome such a request in line with Malaysia commitment to international cooperation and the fight against money laundering.
The civil lawsuit does not contain any appendices with documentary proof or witness statements to support the allegations.
Swiss government had not, to date, prosecuted any individuals. While in Singapore, a banker Yak Yew Chee, 57, pleaded guilty on Friday (Nov 11) afternoon to four of seven charges: Two for forging reference letters vouching for the Low family and two for failing to report suspicious transactions involving tens of millions of dollars coursing through BSI bank in Singapore.
Apart from investigations by various law enforcement agencies, 1MDB also subjected other investigations namely by Auditor General and bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee, and found no evidence or leads, crime was committed.
By Sabri Daniel