Indonesian authorities asked to investigate 19-year-old girl claiming virgin birth of ‘magical baby’ after 3-hour pregnancy

Utje Ramadani (middle) being interviewed by local government officials after her supposed virgin birth. Photo: Tribun Enrekang

© Provided by Coconuts Media Limited Utje Ramadani

If, hundreds of years from now, people around the world worship some sort of demigod from Indonesia, you heard about it here first.

In strikingly similar fashion to the Bible’s (and the Qu’ran’s) account of Mary’s immaculate conception, a 19-year-old girl named Utje Ramadani from a village in the South Sulawesi province of Indonesia claimed that she recently gave birth to a child – even though she’s a virgin.

What’s different in this story is that her family described the child as a ‘magical baby’ as Utje was supposedly pregnant for only three hours and the baby uttered “Assalamualaikum” (an Islamic greeting) right after birth.

“My uncle, who is also the baby’s grandfather, said that after birth, the baby said Assalamualaikum three times,” Utje’s cousin, Erwin, told Tribun on June 30. Continue reading

Posted in MoCS (Sarawak)

Report: Jho Low gave millions to celebs’ charities

Businessman Low Taek Jho had reportedly given at least US$200 million to charities linked to international celebrities.

The New York Post in its report noted that while celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Miranda Kerr had returned the art and jewellery they were gifted by Low, charities were keeping the money.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, for instance, purportedly received “millions of dollars” from Low.

Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys also received money from Low for the charity she co-founded, Keep A Child Alive, to fight AIDS in Africa and the We Are Here Movement.

Below is a list of charities Low purportedly donated to:Report: Continue reading

Posted in 1MDB, MoCS (Sarawak)

PAS to send memo to Agong on 1MDB RCI

PAS will submit a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong seeking a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the 1MDB issue, said its Kuala Nerus MP Khairudin Aman Razali.

“As citizens, we urge the government to immediately form an RCI to investigate allegations of leakages in 1MDB funds,” he said in a statement.

He also urged Malaysians not to jump the gun over the United States of America’s Department of Justice’s investigations, which he said, smears Malaysia.

“Don’t expect justice from a country which has been proven to be unjust to Muslims on the world stage, like in the Palestine and Iraq issue.

“We must consider why the US is acting like the world’s police. Our domestic matters must be resolved internally without involving outsiders,” Khairuddin said. Continue reading

Posted in 1MDB, MoCS (Sarawak), PAS

Liong Sik: I never received money from Mahathir while in MCA

Ling-Liong-Sik KAJANG: Dr Ling Liong Sik today said he had never received funds from Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his tenure as MCA president, adding that the Chinese-based party was capable of sourcing its own funds.

“We were rich enough to use the money we earned to mobilise our political activities,” Ling said.

Ling served as the party’s president from 1986 to 2003. He was also the transport minister and a cabinet member during Mahathir’s time in office.

He was responding to a report in Sarawak Report last month alleging that the Selangor MCA liaison committee had received RM5 million from 1MDB funds on April 24, 2013, two weeks before the 13th general election.

The whistle-blower site also claimed that Umno had received over RM100 million from 1MDB funds between April 11 and 22 the same year. Continue reading

Posted in 1MDB, Barisan Nasional, Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Miranda Kerr asked to relinquish jewels linked to Malaysian laundering case

Miranda Kerr: Malaysian financier Jho Low gifted Miranda Kerr jewellery worth millions, according to US prosecutors.© BEI/Shutterstock Malaysian financier Jho Low gifted Miranda Kerr jewellery worth millions, according to US prosecutors.

Australian model Miranda Kerr should hand over millions of dollars in gifted jewels that were allegedly purchased using money stolen from a fund established by Malaysia’s prime minister, a Malaysian NGO has said.

US prosecutors say the jewellery — including a $3.8m (£3m) 8.88 carat diamond pendant from New York-based designer Lorraine Schwartz — was gifted to Kerr by Jho Low, a financier at the heart of the corruption scandal that has engulfed the Malaysian government.

SABM Australia, a nongovernmental organisation based in Melbourne that says it advocates for enhanced governance in Malaysia, said it was “not alleging any wrongdoing by Miranda Kerr” but called for her to “hand over all jewels gifted to her”.

The US justice department says more than $4.5bn has been stolen from the 1MDB fund and is seeking to seize assets including a Picasso painting given to actor Leonardo DiCaprio and the rights to two Hollywood films — The Wolf of Wall Street and Dumb and Dumber To.

Related: US government seeks Dumb and Dumber To rights in corruption case

The films were produced by Red Granite, which was founded by the Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak’s, stepson, Riza Aziz. Continue reading

Posted in 1MDB, MoCS (Sarawak)

Dr Mahathir dares Rosmah to sue him

Mahathir-Rosmah PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today cited an allegation from the recent Department of Justice (DoJ) filings on 1MDB, urging the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor to carry out her threat of taking her accusers to court.

“Rosmah says she wants to hunt down those who slander her, and I do not fear because this is not slander. Courage for truth,” the PPBM chairman said in a short video clip posted on his Facebook today.

It comes two days after lawyers acting for Rosmah warned that they were “monitoring social media and all forms of publications”.

“Recently, more malicious and baseless attacks have surfaced against Rosmah Mansor on blogs and social media,” said a statement by law firm Messrs Noorhajran Mohd Noor, following a spike in postings linking the prime minister’s wife to allegations of embezzlement in the DoJ report. Continue reading

Posted in Dr Mahathir Mohamad, MoCS (Sarawak), Rosmah Mansor

Malaysian PM Najib’s wife linked to S$41.5m worth of jewellery bought with 1MDB funds: US Justice Department

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor arrive to attend the opening ceremony of the Asean leaders' summit in Manila on April 29, 2017.Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor arrive to attend the opening ceremony of the Asean leaders’ summit in Manila on April 29, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Nearly US$30 million (S$41.5 million) of funds stolen from scandal-hit 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was used to buy jewellery for the prime minister’s wife, including a rare 22-carat pink diamond set in a necklace, according to latest filings by the United States Justice Department in a civil lawsuit.

The filings lodged at the US District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday (June 15) did not identify Prime Minister Najib Razak or his wife Rosmah Mansor by name, but said the jewellery purchases were for the wife of “Malaysian Official 1”.

Malaysian and US government sources have previously confirmed that “Malaysian Official 1” refers to Najib.

The diamond necklace set alone cost US$27.3 million, according to the latest filings in a lawsuit that was launched in July last year.

The accusations will provide further ammunition for Najib’s political rivals, who often criticise his wife for lavish spending, and come at an awkward time for the Malaysian leader, as he had been expected to call a snap election later this year.

Rosmah’s aide did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The prime minister’s office, in a statement early on Friday, said it was “concerned by the unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals that are only relevant to domestic political manipulation and interference.” Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Continue reading

Posted in 1MDB, MoCS (Sarawak), Rosmah Mansor