The 1MDB fallout continues

Najib Razak
Prime Minister Najib Razak, still in charge. – Pic from the Internet

A few things happened today, chief among which was the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) getting a new chief commissioner as The Malaysian Official 1 confirmed yesterday.

It has also been confirmed that MACC No 2 Mustafar Ali is report as Immigration Department director-general from Monday, August 1, under a reshuffle to straighten out the department that has been rife with corruption in allowing foreign workers into the country.

And even as we write this, the Umno supreme council is meeting, chaired by Umno president Najib Razak, who is the Malaysian Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and euphemistically known as Malaysian Official 1 in the Department of Justice US$1 billion suit under its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI).

Abroad, United Kingdom’s The Guardian published an extensive report on the 1MDB scandal that has reached global prominence due to the number of jurisdictions involved in investigating one of the world’s biggest swindle.

The newspaper also wrote an editorial, saying the 1MDB scandal and a new security law in Malaysia is worth international attention.

Whistle-blower site Sarawak Report noted that its local mirror site had been blocked in Malaysia after it put out a video on Laura Justo, the wife of Xavier Justo who had sought to sell information about 1MDB’s partner PetroSaudi that led to the scandal being blown wide open.

While the world is outraged over the 1MDB scandal and Putrajaya’s stubborn insistence that nothing was wrong and nothing has been stolen, the local opposition parties can only watch, comment but do nothing else.

A good example is DAP chief strategist Liew Chin Tong’s Facebook account, which has a cover photo questioning who is Malaysian Official 1, and giving links to various foreign reports. But nothing much more than that.

His party and Pakatan ally PKR are at odds about calling a snap election in Penang, and that spat is consuming their time rather than putting pressure on Najib Razak to answer the DoJ’s claims. To say they have lost the plot is an understatement.

The PAS chaps lost the plot a while ago too. Which leaves no one in the opposition bench to take the issue and push Malaysian Official 1 and his cohorts to the corner before the next general elections. Note the irony that the opposition bench’s performance in the 2013 elections was their best to date.

But three years later, they are a pale shadow of themselves, divided by in-fighting and hubris.

Is it then a surprise that Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional government can call for elections soon and still keep power despite the global outrage over the massive theft of 1MDB’s funds and debts?






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