ANZ Chairman David Gonski and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
The following has been reported in The Telegraph (UK):
Bogac Ozdemir,a top trader and star performer with Australia’s ANZ bank.....was the Global Head of Rates and Credit at the Singapore office of ANZ – one of the largest Australian banks and one of the country’s biggest companies. Their most profitable individual trader, Ozdemir was promoted rapidly. He made hundreds of millions of dollars for the bank and its shareholders, and turned around unprofitable departments.
However, his star performance was not enough to save him from the rage of the CCP when in a post on LinkedIn discussing the approach of different governments to coronavirus in March 2020 he said, ““I don’t want to say anything about China because we are all in this mess because of China and I don’t believe anything from there.”
ANZ, apparently unfamiliar with Chinese government information warfare tactics or simply lacking the strength to stand by its employee, meekly threw their top performer under the bus. They issued a statement declaring that Ozdemir’s comments “showed a distinct lack of judgement”, pledging “a full inquiry” and effectively publicly buying into Chinese disinformation by branding him a racist too in asserting that “ANZ promotes a culture of respect and multiculturalism and the comment was clearly not in keeping with our standards.” Ozdemir was asked to remove the LinkedIn post and placed on “special leave”, with rumours circling in the financial world that he has been fired.
That ANZ should go to such extremes to keep the Communist Party China happy even as it withdraws from former CEO Mike Smith's Asian Expansion, is incomprehensible but it does raise further questions about the extent of ANZ's involvement in Malaysia's 1MDB theft. As readers will be aware, the Chinese Government played an active part in former PM Najib Razak's attempted cover-up of that theft. Najib's private banking account at the ANZ managed AmBank was Ground Zero of that theft.
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