The reborn paper

BN Director of Strategic Communications Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan lambasted The Edge Managing Editor Ho Kay Tat for claiming that the business paper is not political for the attacks against 1MDB and echoing the demonisation of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership.

Pro-Anwarista news portal Malaysiakini story:

I wasn’t born yesterday, minister tells The Edge

Mkini, 21 July 215

Abdul Rahman Dahlan has rained Twitter-fire on the statement from The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat regarding the financial daily’s articles on 1MDB.

Dismissing the claim that the reports were not politically motivated, he said: “The Edge said this was not political. Excuse me. I was not born yesterday. Don’t patronise.”
He argued that The Edge had no qualms “roping in the opposition to do their bidding” instead of remaining neutral.

The newly minted BN strategic communication director pointed out The Edge also admitted procuring stolen data from former PetroSaudi International executive Xavier Andre Justo.

“Finally, The Edge admitted they got stolen data from Justo! I wonder if the Thais didn’t arrest Justo, would they admit it?” he tweeted.

In his statement, Ho said early this year, the publication was informed that “someone” was willing to share information that would shed light on 1MDB’s joint-venture with PSI.

“We were not told who he was before we met him.

“This person, whom we shall not name, showed us thousands and thousands of emails and document attachments.

“We read scores of them and were convinced of their authenticity because of the sheer volume and the email trails. We subsequently had an IT forensic expert confirmed that there was no reason to worry that they were fakes,” he said.

Why IT experts called?

However, Abdul Rahman dismissed this explanation as well.

“The Edge said they used the stolen data from Justo because they were dead sure the data were not fake. How convenient!” he said.

“If The Edge is sure the data were not tampered with why then experts said they were indeed. If The Edge unsure why use it?” he added.

Despite the ‘confession’, the urban well-being, housing and local government minister warned that “the issue is far from over”.

“Questions that need to be asked: Did anyone pay for the stolen and tampered data?

“Did anyone complain about not getting paid or being paid late for the stolen data? Did anyone then ask someone to pressure the buyer to honour his commitment to pay?” he added.

Abdul Rahman also questioned who tempered with the data as acknowledged by the Thai authorities.

Justo, a Swiss national, is under the detention of Thai police for allegedly attempting to blackmail his former employer.

He is also said to have leaked the documents to several parties.

http://m.malaysiakini.com/news/305756

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It is interesting to note that The Edge has the ability to do the forensics to ensure that e mails that were obtained as ‘sources’ are ‘tampered free’. Hence, there were used as materials for their story.

Rahman is spot on. The Edge used stolen data and information. This must be a matter of breach of journalism ethics.

This was The Edge Managing Editor Ho Kay Tat’s excuse:

We could not walk away on finding out about the scheme to cheat Malaysia of billions of ringgit

Published: 21 July 2015 5:11 PM

The Edge had reported extensively on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in 2013 and 2014 as it emerged that the government-owned entity had run into financial difficulties.
Information was, however, scarce and limited because its annual audited financial reports were consistently late.

Our journalists have met various contacts and pored through whatever available information they could get hold of in search of the truth.

Early this year, we were told someone was willing to share information that will shed light on 1MDB’s joint venture with PetroSaudi International. We were not told who he was before we met him.
This person, whom we shall not name, showed us thousands and thousands of emails and document attachments.

We read scores of them and were convinced of their authenticity because of the sheer volume and the email trails.

We subsequently had an IT forensic expert confirm that there was no reason to worry that they were fakes.

What we read shocked us. What was supposed to be a joint venture that will bring economic benefits to the country was nothing more than a scheme to scam billions of ringgit from Malaysia by a small group of Malaysians and their foreign partners.

At that point, we could do one of two things:

1) Drop the matter like a hot potato and walk away, or

2) Get hold of everything so that the truth can be uncovered.

We decided we had to pursue the truth.

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Musa Hitam and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said recently, those who have information that can lead to the truth must speak out and not look the other way. Not reporting a wrong doing is a crime.

Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have said they want to get to the truth.

As a media group, we believe we have a public duty to do, no matter how difficult and dangerous it may be for us.

Meeting contacts to gather information is what media professionals do all the time in pursuit of a story. There is nothing wrong or sinister.

We were not involved in any theft, we did not pay anyone, and we did not tamper any of the emails and documents we were given.

In fact, we have secured the data so that no one can tamper with them. This can be independently verified by the authorities.

Some of the information have been used in articles we have published in the last few months. Some were just too sensitive to be used. None of the articles have been challenged by anyone named in these stories.

Indeed, we believe our articles have been of help to the various government agencies looking at 1MDB.

There is no political agenda or conspiracy in what we have done. In fact, we have engaged with various politicians and government officials who have sought our help to get a better understanding of what had happened and the situation 1MDB is in today.

The easiest thing we could have done after coming across what we found, was to walk away. Why look for trouble? But we could not do that.

We chose to take the difficult path, one that we knew will be fraught with risks to ourselves personally and to our organisation, which now faces the possibility of action by the Home Ministry.

On Monday, we handed documents, printed emails and a hard disc to Bank Negara. Today, the same set was given to the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of the Police. I also gave a statement to CCID.

We are comforted that the various investigators, the Auditor-General, the Public Accounts Committee, Bank Negara, the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney-General have given their commitment to uncover the truth without fear or favour.

It is, indeed, their responsibility and their duty to the people of Malaysia to do just that. Just as it was our duty to pursue the story.

Ho Kay Tat

Publisher & Group CEO

The Edge Media Group – July 21, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/we-could-not-walk-away-on-finding-out-about-the-scheme-to-cheat-malaysia-of#sthash.YRTkFFFT.dpuf

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The actual is that The Edge incessant stories about 1MDB was a systematic effort to echo the soundbites and plot which was started by Sarawak Report, in incessantly amplified further by Opposition Leaders like Tony Pua and Rafizi Ramli makes it a political agenda.

The collusion with Opposition Leaders very much contradicts The Edge’s statement that the business paper is not political. In fact, the paper serves as a tool if not an accomplice to the Opposition’s agenda to topple Prime Minister Najib, when they failed to do it through the ballot box.

It is very much a demonstration of the owner, Tong Kooi Ong’s affiliation towards former Opposition Leader and now a convict for sodomising his own aide Anwar Ibrahim.

The credibility, integrity and ethics of the business paper is at stake. Even an economic sabotage, which is actually a threat to national security.

Time and again it has been proven the media group under Tong is systematically looking out for trouble, with systemic provocations with the inadvertent motive to arouse sentiments and emotional reaction of the both extremes on highly sensitive issues.

This include mocking the administration of Islam such as Hudud Enactment recently passed.by Kelantan State Assembly.

That is sinister with intention to create malice.

That is the same objectives what the Opposition and Neo Con Jews controlled foreign media systematically and incessantly been up to with the plot to arouse sentiment of the  rakyat into rising on the street and topple Prime Minister Najib and the BN government.

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  1. Bro.
    In a matter of week the game is over for Najib.
    Today MACC started arresting people who are involved in 1MDB and SRC.

    I think the $700m money went to Najib account may take sometime to close but the $40 m money from SRC paid into Najib account is a vary clear cut case.
    They should be able to close the case vary soon.

    • TQVM

      Lets wait for the results of the investigations and findings.. Do not make it by guessing,

  2. BN govt and Ministers should stay out of this 1MDB and alleged transfers of funds into personal accounts. It is quite apparent that the Task Force is closing in pretty tightly already. Focus should be on the core issues in question, not on whistle blowers.

    • TQVM

      Lets the Task Force finish the work. Tilll then, let us hold our tongue.

      • You talk like a parrot, parroting other idiots in the cabinet. Who does the Task Force report to? You don’t even know, do you? Stupid fool.

      • Now, now .. why do you have to be rude, Stalker? You can disagree but politely, with decorum and decency.

        You ask in a rude manner but you don’t even give the answer. That makes you a double stupid fool.

        Note that we are a fairly decent citizenry in here. Remember that.

      • Anti Idiot, you are triple idiot if you do not know the answer. Task Force reports to the cabinet, which if you are stupid enough not to know, headed by the PM. If you expect the Task Force to be impartial, you are quadruple stupid. Many Malaysians like myself can be rude when dealing with stupidity, like yourself and this blog.

  3. Sorry, This Time We Are Going To Have To Sue!

    21 JUL 2015
    Sarawak Report takes a tough tone in many of its stories, especially when revealing corruption in high places. So we are generally phlegmatic about the often angry rebuttals we sometimes get.

    Usually, we rely on the facts to make our case against detractors and allow readers to decide by comparing those facts with the criticisms against us.

    However, over the past days, certain characters who claim to represent the government and their friendly media outlets have gone too far.

    They have paraded a sick and discredited individual, who has poured out strings of lies, which none of them have sought to check out, in order to claim this as “proof” that our research was all “forged”.

    This would be entertaining for being so ridiculous, given the mass of evidence that supports all we have written. But ministers have now used this character and these ludicrous libels as an excuse to order an internet ban on Sarawak Report.

    BN’s so-called strategic communications chief, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, a minister for housing, has on the same grounds outrageously libelled the writer, calling her “scum” and labelled our research as “blatant lies”.

    This is despite the fact that all our articles have been closely researched and substantiated.

    Moreover, numerous other publications have supported our findings and repeated our conclusions in the global media.

    Mr Dahlan has not produced a single shred of evidence that would lead anyone to believe the ravings of the mentally unbalanced bankrupt, Lester Melanyi.

    We therefore accuse Mr Dahlan of criminal libel, motivated by malicious intent.

    We are consulting our lawyers with a view to reporting him to the Malaysian police authorities and also issuing libel proceedings against him and other parties, including the New Straits Times and other publications which have deliberately promoted falsehoods designed to damage the credibility of Sarawak Report.

    We will also report Mr Melanie’s vicious criminal libel to the local police (he’s not worth suing) and we warn him and anyone who continues to promote his present and future made up stories that we will seek appropriate damages.

    • I don’t understand your comment. You don’t sound like Awang Selamat of Utusan who is a strongly pro-UMNO. Your format with just a short sentence appears to speak for SR whose words appear to be in the rest of your comment.

      It matters not. I’ll take it that you are just trying to state SR’s / Claire Brown’s position in here. I give my response as a private citizen who loves my country Malaysia and who supports UMNO/BN but have pretty strong reservations about Najib as a leader:

      1. Why SR takes a tough tone? What is it to you? You are born in Sarawak, maybe have some neo-colonialist attachment to it but what is Peninsular Malaysia to you? And why you call them angry rebuttals when you took a tough tone, especially with unproven facts to support your arguments.

      2. What facts are you talking about? Which of those you published are reliable? You don’t accept Justo’s admission of editing etc? And why compare those “facts” with the criticisms against you? Shouldn’t you be comparing Justo’s “facts” with the original PSI emails etc? You don’t have them? No, I don’t think so.

      3. You call Lester a sick and discredited individual? “poured out strings of lies, which none of them have sought to check out”? “in order to claim this as “proof” that our research was all “forged”? And you don’t provide any proof of what you said?

      More to come …

    • 4. You said, “the mass of evidence that supports all we have written.” Says who? Says you? But so many people have disputed you. Maybe only some aspects like the AmBank accounts that the Malaysian Special Task Force has started to investigate.

      5. So what if ministers have used Lester Milanyi and what he said to order an internet ban on Sarawak Report. You said what he said are libels. Have you thought what you have written/ published are a hell of a lot more libels than Lester’s?

      6. Aaaaaaaa when you come out saying A Rahman Dahlan a so-called BN strategic communications chief (he actually is, Mister) .. outrageously libelled the writer, calling her “scum” and labelled our research as “blatant lies”.. despite the fact that all our articles have been closely researched and substantiated”, these strike me as not likely to be the words of Master’s degree holder that Claire is said to be.

      7. Also the fact that you use such argument as “numerous other publications have supported our findings and repeated our conclusions in the global media.” Come on, man (whoever you re), the fact that others have quoted you does not mean what you write are correct.

      I’m afraid up to this point I find it not worth arguing with you further. I did get entertained a bit doing it though.

  4. Bro
    .some interesting fact that we need to know.
    1-Tun Musa Hitam had a meeting with Najib on Hari Raya night .
    2-Najib went for s short holiday in Singapore after Raya.
    3-KSN issue a brief press statement remainding the civic servant about the attempt by outside force to topple the government
    4-The IGP issue a similar statement.
    5-The two xIGP issue a similar statement .
    6-despite the uncertainty on Najib position ,He want to proceed with cabinate reshuffle .
    7-The arrest of Jerome Lee yesterday is an interesting development . He is part of the execution team of JLoo.

  5. When Najib goes down, all the bootlickers must also be AXED. The gangrene in UMNO has reached a critical stage.

  6. Nothing wrong for a newspaper being political or have political leanings. Other newspapers have been so, too. Not just in Malaysia, also in advanced countries like UK. But lying about it is wrong. It becomes misleading, deceptive and cheating.

    What struck me the most was the thousands and thousands of emails, documents and hard disk that the Edge said they got without paying for them. It has been clearly established that Justo has been a mercenary, did things for money. It’s unimaginable that Justo was not the ultimate source of those. And that money didn’t change hands directly or though a conduit. The Edge CEO should know better, to borrow Obama’s recently uttered words.

    And the IT forensic expert. No explanation given as to reliability of the man or woman. Or the method of verification. Mere mention of the use of one will satisfy curiosity of the Edge’s truth-verification process? I don’t think so. That’s just to justify publishing under the guise of “believing they were the truths”.

    Having said all those, I must add that the question people have been asking still remains: what are the truths? And that since nobody in authority and knowledgeable has said all in the SR and WSJ reports are lies and fabrications, there must be some truths in the wide range of allegations. We must keep asking: which of those in SR/ WSJ are the truths? And urge the Special Task Force to finalize its findings on the RM2.6 billion gone into bank accounts under Najib’s name as soon as possible.

    • Freezing of 2 bank accounts in Singapore connected with 1MDB case –

      “On 15 July 2015, we issued orders under the Criminal Procedure Code to prohibit any dealings in respect of money in two bank accounts that are relevant to the investigation,” Singapore police said in a statement today.

      • As per the report in the Singapore Business Times paper (was.business times.com.sg) today:

        “SPF (Singapore Police Force) said the investigation into possible money laundering offences comes under Section 47 of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of benefits) Act, Chapter 65A. It also cited the Criminal Procedure Code to “prohibit any dealings in respect of money in two bank accounts that are relevant to the investigation.””

        SPF also “said MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore) has been in close contact with the relevant financial institutions”.

        In a nutshell, therefore, SPF is investigating “possible money laundering” resulting from “corruption”.

        “It (SPF) added that Singapore will continue to provide its full assistance to the relevant authorities in Malaysia within the ambit of its laws and international obligations in relation to investigations across the Causeway into 1MDB probe”.

        In another SBT report “Fight continues against money laundering, terrorism financing”, the managing director of MAS said the “supervision of small banks and big banks is similar” and that MAS’s focus “is to see that our rules and regulations have been adhered to.”

        “He was responding to questions on small private banks in Singapore reported to have been involved in the unfolding scandal at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).”

      • Sorry, the link to the SBT website is http://www.businesstimes.com.sg

  7. The Edge is owned by Tong Kooi Ong who Datuk Murad Khalid, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia, said in his Statutory Declaration in 1999, opened “Master Accounts” totalling RM3 billion in his Allied and other banks for Anwarul Al Juburi when he was Finance Minister. Claiming that the Edge is not political is dubious, to say the least.

    Here is an example of statements made on Tong-Anwar links:

    “Due to his association – dating back before the millennium – to jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, local media tycoon Tong Kooi Ong is “under the uncomfortable glare of the media”, said the Singapore Straits Times, Apr 2, 2015.

    Without analysing the many statements, reports and opinions, and the often quoted “spins, twists and slants” in The Edge that appear to be favourable to Anwar’s obvious intention of weakening and ousting the UMNO/BN Government, those links alone would show they are politically based. The CEO should have omitted the words “no political agenda” when explaining their position.

    But let’s not be distracted from the need to find the truths on 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion reported to have gone into Najib’s accounts.

  8. According to Malaysia Kini, Sarawak Report will be filing police reports against Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan and former journalist Lester Melanyi for criminal defamation.

    If Sarawak Report publishing lies etc about 1MDB aimed at ousting the Government by illegal means, tell all Police Stations to arrest the woman when she show up – unless she does it by proxy, e.g a lawyer, if allowed under rules on making Police reports.

    • Maybe she is provoking the authorities to arrest her? If brought to court, she will get more publicity against the gomen and a huge can of worms will come out during the trial.

      Meanwhile, will The Edge’s license to publish be suspended or withdrawn? The CEO said that report yesterday could be their last.

      • the Edge says it is prepared to go to court.

        “We stand by what we have published,” the daily said.

        “We have also said that we are prepared to go to court to defend what we have published, but till today no one has taken us to court.”

    • The Malaysian Government can apply for an international warrant to extradite Sarawak Report portal founder Clare Rewcastle Brown to Malaysia, says veteran lawyer and politician Tan Sri M. Kayveas.

      He said this could be done if there was sufficient proof that the United Kingdom (UK)-based portal had tampered with confidential information that it had obtained from Xavier Andre Justo, a former executive of PetroSaudi International Ltd (PSI).

      • The other option, he said, was charging the portal (Sarawak Report) for defamation in the UK courts as both countries shared the same penal code.

  9. Bro
    The latest on Task force
    They have arrested two key personal who are vary close to Najib and SRC.
    The third person the CEO of SRC Nik Faisal manage to escape to Indonesia .
    He is the link man who transfer the money belong to SRC into Najib Ac.
    Anyway these two guy now singing like a parrot .
    I think MACC have enough evidence to catch the big fish .
    The whole drama will be over by end of week.
    Next week we will have new PM.
    Just wait ?


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