Friday, February 5, 2016

So,Malaysia does not want to know that US$4 billion has been been stolen from its 1 MDB? : IGP Khalid has a duty to investigate the theft,as do the AG ,PM, DPM and others

by Ganesh Sahathevan

In all the excitement about the Swiss AG's discovery that some USD 4 billion has been misappropriated from 1 MDB, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, many have failed to ask why the IGP Tan Sri Khalid has not immediately commenced an investigation into a case of  massive ,record breaking theft from a government body.No, nobody needs to lodge a police report, it is his duty to investigate an obvious crime, as it his duty to so as a matter of urgency.

Similarly, no one has asked Very Learned Apandi why he has not requested  the Swiss AG hand over his  findings as a matter of urgency, but instead issued this nonsensical statement:

1. I note the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, and further remarks attributed to the Swiss Attorney-General by an American newspaper, concerning an investigation into two former officials of 1MDB.

2. I and the relevant Malaysian authorities are keen to establish all the facts about 1MDB that have led to recent allegations against the company. That is why a number of investigations - including by the Public Accounts Committee, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the Auditor General's Department - are currently on-going.

3. The Malaysian authorities, including the Attorney-General's Chambers, are committed to working with all relevant foreign law enforcement entities through the applicable international conventions and agreements. Similarly, 1MDB has from the outset cooperated with the enquiries.

4. Regarding the recent public statement by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, my office intends to take all possible steps to follow up and collaborate with our Swiss counterparts, and we look forward to receiving the findings of their investigations and materials through the normal channels. These materials will then be reviewed, alongside the findings of other relevant authorities and our own investigations, to determine the appropriate course of action.

5. Contrary to recent media reports, the investigations into donations that were made to the Prime Minister are entirely separate to those into 1MDB. The Attorney-General's Chambers exhaustively reviewed the report provided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and, as has been announced, found no evidence of wrong-doing and hence have instructed for the cases to be closed.

6. Any attempt by media organisations to conflate the two sets of investigations is irresponsible and prejudicial.


Remember, money has been stolen from a Malaysian, not Swiss ,sovereign wealth fund. If one did not know better , reading Apandi's  statement one could easily come to the conclusion that it is the other way around.

And then, there is DPM Zahid's anger at being informed that money has been stolen from his Government:
The deputy prime minister said any statement made outside of official channels could affect ties between both countries and lead to bias reporting.
"We will leave it to the Attorney-General to get details on the allegations from his Swiss counterpart," Ahmad Zahid said after closing the MITA Tourism Fair at the KL Convention Centre.
The incredulous Malaysian response is best described  in this headline from The Guardian:
Malaysia accuses Switzerland of 'misinformation' over stolen 1MDB billions
All so sadly obvious.....

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