Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud And His Family Are Accused Of Money Laundering In Canada

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An Ottawa-based real estate company, Sakto Group, linked to Malaysia’s Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud has been accused of money laundering and will face the court in Toronto, Canada

A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has recently lifted the order to seal a money laundering case linked to Taib, who is currently Sarawak Governor. Justice Frederick Myers has also ordered for the court documents to be made public.

The case was filed by Swiss NGO, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) against some of Canada’s biggest financial firms – Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Manulife Financial Corporation and Deloitte & Touche – to obtain financial records. It is seeking to get information on how money flowed “from Malaysia into the Taibs’ Canadian real estate group” to see if there are grounds for criminal case against the company.

Sakto Group was founded in 1983 by Taib’s daughter Jamilah Taib Murray, who was only 23 years old then. It was said that Jamilah had received an undisclosed amount of money for the start-up capital and that it was a gift from her father.

Here are some key points to note about the ongoing case: Continue reading

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Barring Dr M from entering S’wak would be a ‘mortal sin’

By Francis Paul Siah

COMMENT | At long last, former premier and Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be stepping onto Sarawak soil again. He is scheduled to speak at a Pakatan Harapan event in Kuching on Sept 24.

Mahathir’s visit this time is significant as he is visiting the Hornbill State for the first time as a leader of the opposition.

In the past, I paid little or no attention to Mahathir’s visit to my home state when he was prime minister. Those were normal, ordinary events – yeah, what is so extraordinary about a prime minister visiting a state within his own country? Like many others, Sarawakians or not, I must honestly concede that I didn’t really care when Mahathir came a-visiting.

This time, however, I care. Why? I had wanted to arrange a Mahathir visit to Sarawak since late last year. No, my intention was not political. I would be inviting him under the auspices of my NGO, the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS).

 

My objective? I feel that Mahathir owes it to the people of Sarawak to explain what he has been doing or intends to achieve for the nation should he be successful in unseating Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the 14th general election (GE14). There are so many questions Sarawakians would want to ask him.

It has been more than two years since he came out with his guns blazing at Najib and all throughout, the people of Sarawak were left in the dark about his intentions. A visit to the state to personally explain his goals and future plans for the nation would be in order, or so I thought. Continue reading

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Mahathir: Opposition can win in Malaysia

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is interviewed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday. Photo - AP
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is interviewed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday. Photo – AP
Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad says the opposition alliance campaigning to topple the country’s corruption-tainted leader can win the next general elections and pull Malaysia back from a slide into kleptocracy.

The energetic 92-year-old, Asia’s longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2003, has made a high-profile return to politics in a bid to oust his protege, Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has clung to power despite an epic corruption scandal that involved hundreds of millions of dollars passing through his bank accounts.

Mahathir told The Associated Press in an interview that the disparate opposition coalition he has spearheaded to contest elections due by mid-2018 is tapping into anger at the corruption scandal and the rising cost of living.

“Lots of people feel that Najib has destroyed much that has been built for this country,” he said.

“People are calling our leader a crook. That is not something I would like to see perpetuated. It must change back to the days when we were doing well.”

Najib has sacked critics in his own government including an attorney-general and deputy prime minister and muzzled the media since the corruption scandal erupted two years ago.  The U.S. and several other countries are investigating allegations of cross-border embezzlement and money laundering at 1MDB, a state investment fund set up and previously led by Najib to promote economic development but which accumulated billions in debt. Continue reading

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New president aims to ‘score big’

Triumphant: Bibi Ramjani reacting after she won the Kelantan Football Association’s presidency.

Triumphant: Bibi Ramjani reacting after she won the Kelantan Football Association’s presidency.

KOTA BARU: The country’s first woman to be elected to head a state football association will count on her business acumen to “score big”.

Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan, who won the contest for the presidency of the Kelantan Football Associa­tion (Kafa) on Sunday, said increasing revenue would be the top priority to uplift standards.

“With my many years of experience in business, I will do my best to find ways to generate income for Kafa.

“We would appreciate ideas, support and sponsorship to help ease the association’s financial burden,” said the founder of Desa Murni Batik who also runs a real estate business.

Bibi Ramjani said the success of a football team depended on smooth teamwork at every level, including the management.

“We must work together as one team,” said the 46-year-old single mother of four who will lead Kafa for a three-year term. Continue reading

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Husam believes Dr M can capture Putrajaya seat

Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Husam Musa believes former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be able to pull off what he could not in the general election – capturing the parliamentary seat of Putrajaya.

“If Mahathir contests, I am confident he will win,” said Husam.

Husam was responding to Mahathir, who in an interview with Malaysiakini revealed that he was eyeing the parliamentary seats of Putrajaya and Langkawi if he were forced to contest in the 14th general election.

Husam himself contested in Putrajaya in the last general election, when he was with PAS.

The move had been described as “suicidal” but Husam had insisted it was a symbolic necessity to slug it out for the administrative capital if the opposition was serious about capturing federal power. Continue reading

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Newsweek publishes Wolfowitz’s piece, heading reads ‘Trump meets M’sian crook’

Newsweek has reproduced an article penned by former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz on the meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The magazine published the article, which first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) website, with the headline “Trump’s meeting with Malaysian crook Najib reeks of the swamp”.

The original headline of the article published on the AEI website on Sept 12, the day Najib met Trump in the White House, read “This is not draining the swamp”.

In his article, Wolfowitz (photo) urged the US president to find out who had arranged the meeting and to send a strong signal to lobbyists attempting to sell access to him.

He described the meeting as “unfortunate” and recounted how an Australian expert on Southeast Asia was quoted as saying in the New York Times that from a public relations viewpoint, it was a meeting the White House should avoid and that a photo opportunity with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be better.

Wolfowitz also made a reference to a Washington Post editorial that said the visit was a “new low” and noted the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 1MDB-related suits, as well as the links drawn to Malaysian Official 1, which had been confirmed to be Najib.

“Did President Trump know about any of this when the Malaysian prime minister was added to his schedule?” he asked. Continue reading

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Amanah: Seems US visit didn’t help PM resolve 1MDB issue

Dzulkefly-Ahmad-donald-trump-najib-razak-amanah-1 KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah today said, based on reports and transcripts of the meeting between Prime Minister Najib Razak and US President Donald Trump, Malaysia’s leader did not make any headway in the 1MDB issue.

Amanah strategy director Dzulkefly Ahmad said everyone knew that Najib’s “pressing need” was to put the 1MDB controversy behind him with the Trump meet.

“But he doesn’t seem to have made any headway in that direction. But in all fairness, he must also be more than elated that Trump didn’t raise the issue at all. Trump could have easily embarrassed him with his abrasive way but he (reportedly) didn’t.”

Opposition politicians and political analysts have speculated that the main reason for Najib’s visit was to ameliorate the damage caused by the US Department of Justice’s probe into 1MDB transactions as well as into several people said to be close to Najib.

He added that Malaysians however, were unlikely to get to know “what really transpired” in the four-eyed meeting between Najib and Trump.

Dzulkefly asked what Najib had achieved or had really hoped to achieve by the visit. Continue reading

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