Australians would be familiar with Malaysian lawyer Shafee Abdullah.
He is often on TV as the lawyer representing Australians charged with drug trafficking in Malaysia, the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur's go-to lawyer for all if not most drug cases.
He is well connected, his clients including former Malaysian PM Najib Razak.
However, that connection in itself should have been cause for avoiding the man , given the scandal surrounding Najib and wife Rosmah Mansor since at least 2015. Shafee not only represented Najib, he acted as his Mr Fix-It(see Sarawak Report story below) and yet he remained the High Commission's favourite. He was even called on to help secure the release of the well-connected "Budgie 9".
Today however Shafee was charged with money laundering, for having received part of the money stolen from 1MDB. The charges against Shafee require investigation of the Australian High Commission's dealings with him, and of the Australian Department Of Foreign Affairs'(DFAT) einsistence on hiring him despite the many red flags.
All this adds to the embarrassing position the Australian Government finds itself in,as the only other country apart from New Zealand that has refused to conduct any meaningful investigation into the involvement of Australian companies and individuals implicated in the 1MDB theft.