9am – 5pm? Would that be convenient, sir?

Posted on May 17, 2018

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many-colours-one-dreamIMG-20180512-WA0040As law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions embarked on forensic investigations and, in some cases, in particular the US Department of Justice (DOJ), court proceedings, in relation to what has come to be referred to as a case of “kleptocracy on a scale hitherto unseen”, back here in Malaysia, where 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the subject of these international investigations, was incorporated, law enforcement agencies emphatically cleared 1MDB of any implication in this international financial scandal.

“This is kleptocracy at its worst,”, is how U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions described this scandal.

DOJ, in its court papers, makes several references to a top Malaysian government official implicated in the 1MDB scandal. He is referred to as “MO-1”.

Former UMNO / BN federal minister Rahman Dahlan has gone on to acknowledge that MO-1 is Najib.

On 26th January, 2016, AG Apandi Ali, in a press conference, cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in the matter of a sum in excess of RM2 billion transferred into Najib’s account. Apandi confirmed these monies as a donation from a member of the Saudi royal family.

The AG also directed the MACC to close its investigation on the matter.

Meanwhile, the police, said to be investigating the 1MDB scandal, began to play ping pong with the AG’s Chambers, the investigating papers shuttling back and forth.

And so, as the world over saw the biggest ever kleptocracy being investigated, nothing on this scandal was being done at home.

Two days ago, the auditor-general declassified the 1MDB audited report. This had previously been classified “Official Secret” and, as such, its contents remained inaccessible to all and sundry.

Later the same day, it was reported that the now declassified audited report, in key areas, corroborated information contained in the papers of the US DOJ.

Also, that same day, Dr M met with former AG, Gani Patail.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Dr M disclosed that Gani had informed him that the former AG was, in 2015, about to press charges against Najib, when he was immediately relieved of his office.

Pause here to note this.

That which most of us had long suspected was more and more seeming to be the case.

A conspiracy, involving AG Apandi Ali and other high ranking officers in key law enforcement agencies, appeared to have suppressed evidence of wrongdoing by Najib in the matter of 1MDB and SRC International.

How wide did this conspiracy extend?

Who might be involved in this conspiracy and, with a view to now saving themselves, if not Najib, might move to destroy any relevant evidence out there?

News of these latest revelations would have been carried the world over, and many, like most of us back home, must have watched with baited breath to see what would follow these latest revelations.

From around 10pm last night and, based on latest news reports, up to now, police are at Najib’s residence in the Duta area carrying out a search and seizure operation. Apparently searches and, possibly seizures, were carried out at 4 other locations connected with Najib, including the PM’s office.

This police operation has been criticised as being humiliating and transgressing the rights of Najib and his family, having commenced late at night.

“As former victims of early dawn police raids, I must stress my disagreement in ransacking any home at such an ungodly hour.”, complained Nurul Izzah.

The world’s biggest ever kleptocracy case has been perpetrated, starting in our own backyard, and remains covered up by high government officials for almost a good 3 years.

And then, yesterday late afternoon, evidence of that conspiracy begins to emerge.

Should the police have contacted Najib to fix a date and time suitable to him and his family when they could come a calling to search and seize?