Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tony Abbott's MH370 confession has 1MDB consequences: Was the Australian Govt content to accept Najib's Arabian donation fairytale to save ANZ, and protect Sydney based interests?

by Ganesh Sahathevan

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Najib and Turnbull’s budding bromance
Despite being political enemies, both Turnbull and Abbott
seem to agree that Najib Razak was a good friend of Australia,
regardless of the1MDB theft.

Skynews has reported the following interview with former Australian PM Tony Abbott: 

“My understanding, my very clear understanding, from the very top levels of the Malaysian Government is that from very, very early on here they thought it was a murder suicide by the pilot,” Mr Abbott told Sky News. “Let me reiterate – I want to be absolutely crystal clear – it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder suicide by the pilot. “Mass murder suicide by the pilot.” MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014 after leaving Kuala Lumpur airport. It was destined for Beijing but the world lost contact over the South China Sea. Mr Abbott – who was Prime Minister at the time – has spoken in detail about his conversations with Malaysian leaders for the first time in Sky News documentary MH370: The Untold Story – which will air on Wednesday night on Foxtel. The two-part investigation reveals ground-breaking new details about the MH370 disappearance.

Abbott's confession suggests an unhealthy degree of  collusion between him and the former Malaysian PM Najib Razak, just as the theft from 1MDB was being made public. 

By Abbott's own admission the Malaysian Government then proceeded to investigate the disappearance as if it were not a murder suicide. As reported by Alan Jones and 2GB:
But crews in the first two search operations weren’t considering that when outlining which areas to cover, information Mr Abbott says he wasn’t told at the time.
He believes it was kept secret as the Malaysian government was trying to “save face” over the disaster and tells Alan Jones, “That’s why we’ve just got to keep searching until we find them.”
“Certainly, at the top levels of the Malaysian government, that was always their working assumption.
“That this guy had decided to create the most horrible crime imaginable.”
The former PM says, “We owe it to the families of those who were lost to search every possible bit of that ocean”.

“Let’s do the search! It is just unconscionable that, in this day and age, so many people could literally have disappeared off the face of the earth.”
The assertion that Abbott and the Australian Government were not aware that the search was being conducted in the wrong place is not credible; media reports about the search were extensive, and that included the issue of an error in location.
In light of the above the question must  now be asked  about the discussions between Najib and Abbott, and the Australian Government and Malaysian Government leaders at the time, about the 1MDB theft.
Certainly,  in even April 2018, just a month before Najib;s party lost control of government, the Australian Government (by then led by Malcolm Turnbull) acted as if the theft did not matter, despite action by the DOJ.
Is the Australian Government protecting ANZ,and are Sydney interests at play?
PM Najib Razak was a good friend of Australia and a voice of decency and common sense at international gatherings. On the big questions he got much right and his time in government saw strong and effective cooperation between our countries.
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