Saturday, November 19, 2016

Malaysians take to the streets to get rid of Najib

Malaysians today will walk the streets again for Bersih 5 (in yellow) to peacefully demand for free elections and also for Najib's resignation while UMNO and BN will also similarly protest (in red) for the continuation of bribes, corruption and pillage of the nation's coffers as wonderfully demonstrated by their present leadership.

Mkini: Live Coverage

Twitter: Live tweets

MCA: The Malays don't want free elections  (as usual they are confused who they should be speaking for)

MIC: We don't want free elections either

UMNO: We can't help it if our members support Bersih

G25: We are there for good governance

Saturday, July 23, 2016

UMNO now worried their assets overseas will be seized too

The US government’s move to seize assets allegedly stolen from state firm 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has sent shock waves through the ruling Umno party, according to analysts. The US Justice Department named a close business associate of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his stepson in a civil lawsuit to recover US$1 billion in assets that Washington says were bought by money embezzled from the fund.

Several senior Umno members are contemplating defecting to the opposition after Wednesday’s civil lawsuits alleging US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB. Najib chaired IMDB’s advisory board until recently and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“Umno is jittery to the core … a few senior leaders have started moves to ‘discuss’ with Dr Mahathir,” said Firdaus Abdullah, former political editor of the government-owned New Straits Times, referring to former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir, who led the country for 22 years, has been Najib’s harshest critic, calling on him to step down over the 1MDB scandal.

Last week, he announced plans to set up a new party to challenge his one-time protégé. “They are top Umno members, cabinet members and leaders of the ruling coalition component parties,” Firdaus added.

 Former Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim said Umno is coming under “some pressure” but it would take a while for its members to jump ship. “[Umno members] are timid. It will happen but slowly. I think Najib will be charged by the US eventually and then you will see people jumping ship,” said Zaid. A source with knowledge of the investigation told the South China Morning Post that he expects criminal charges to follow. “The DOJ wants to ensure that all these dirty money do not vanish into thin air. After this civil action, the criminal indictment commences,” said the source who did not give further details.

One senior Umno member who declined to be named told the Post that the party’s supreme council supports Najib. “I wouldn’t say [everyone] but the supreme council is backing Najib,” they said. The Supreme Council is a powerful body within Umno. While Najib was not named, the US lawsuit said US$681 million from 1MDB was transferred to the account of “Malaysian Official 1”.

Last year, the Wall Street Journal said US$681 million was diverted from 1MDB into Najib’s personal account. Najib insisted the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family and denied any wrongdoing. “Our stand remains that we do not tolerate any act that goes against the law,” Najib was quoted as saying by The Star daily on Friday. “All Malaysians who can read English knows that Najib is the Malaysian official number 1,” said Kadir Jasin, a close associate of Mahathir.

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