DAP Director of Propaganda Tony Pua is bent on being exonorated from being seen as a traitor or an unethical political cheat with just making public the Auditor General’s interim report on 1MDB.
Pro-Anwarista news portal story:
A-G’s 1MDB report to answer all data tampering claims, says Pua
BY EILEEN NG
Published: 23 July 2015 1:38 PM
The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) interim report by the auditor-general will answer all the issues raised by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, including allegations of data tampering in the state investment vehicle’s aborted deal with PetroSaudi International (PSI), DAP’s Tony Pua said today.
In urging prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make the findings of the report public to clear all the misinformation and confusion over the scandal, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP said all relevant issues raised by Sarawak Report were dealt with in the interim report.
The 1MDB interim report was forwarded to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on July 9 even as the bipartisan panel conducts its inquiry into the state investment vehicle.
Pua, a staunch critic of 1MDB, is a member of PAC.
“The interim report is going to address all issues including claims of tampering of data in the deal between 1MDB and PSI as exposed by Sarawak Report.
“So let the document be made public so that Malaysians can put the issue of tampered data and fabricated information to rest,” he said at a press conference held at the DAP headquarters.
Despite being an interim report, with a full one only to be completed by the end of the year, Pua described the report as “fairly comprehensive” containing copies of agreements, minutes of board meetings, resolutions and letters from relevant parties.
However, the DAP national publicity secretary was bound by a confidentiality agreement that prevents PAC members from revealing the contents of the report.
He said Najib can stop the ongoing “farcical circus” once and for all on speculations over whose allegations were truth or fabricated by making public the interim report.
This would also stop Malaysia’s name from being dragged through the mud, he added.
“There will be no more need for Lester Melanyi paid video confessions,” he said in referring to the former Sarawak journalist who claimed that Pua, together with a clutch of opposition politician, had fabricated 90% of documents related to 1MDB with whistleblower site Sarawak Report as part of a campaign to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“There will be no need for countless unsubstantiated allegations and insinuations by BN ministers against opposition leaders’ involvement in tampering data.”
Finance ministry owned 1MDB has come under the public scrutiny mainly because of the whopping RM42 billion debts that it has racked up in the past five years. The strategic fund has also sacked two auditors, KPMG and Ernst & Young, during the period.
1MDB has not been able to generate enough earnings to service its debts. This raises public concerns over some of its debt papers issued with the government’s letter of support – meaning the government is responsible for the fund’s debt repayment should it default.
Consequently, the investment fund is currently stepping up efforts to hive off its assets, namely power generation plants and land, to ease its extremely tight cash flow.
The Edge was previously issued a show-cause letter by the Home Ministry regarding its reporting on 1MDB. – July 23, 2015.
How come only with just ‘an interim report’? What about the full blown report? Wouldn’t it would have more and complete information of everything that actually happened?
Pua again is jumping the gun and benefitted from the advantage of a first strike impression. He already used the limited circulation of the interim AG report on 1MDB to project that what ever Sarawak Report published and the materials and angles echoed and amplified by Opposition Leaders like himself and Rafizi Ramli is true and credible.
The Petaling Jaya MP is a member of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC). PAC has been asked to look into the 1MDB, which has been portrayed, echoed and amplified as being ‘scandalous’ in a strategic effort to demonise Prime Minister Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and government.
Pua has often demonstrated of conduct of unbecoming as an esteemed member of PAC, by the continuous and venomous attacks of 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib as the Minister of Finance, way ahead before Auditor General and PAC have completed their investigations.
The former technopreneur also admitted that he met Sarawak Report chief editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown several times, which very much affirm that the Opposition is working in cahoots with organisations from abroad in the attempt to topple the Federal Government.
It is clear the tag-team combo used manipulated and distorted information and carefully concocted them with lies. to antagonise the emotions of Malaysias and getting tehma roused and eventually create a revolution of the people.
This model was clearly seen in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya where legal government were ousted by the people through revolution with started as street demonstration and it became more intense.
That makes Pua a criminal.
Pua’s name was implicated when Thai Police revealed that former Petro Saudi executive Xavier Justo had meet 10 Malaysians including Pua and The Edge media group owner and staunch Anwarista Tong Kooi Ong.
On another note, the tai chi by Dow Jones which owns global business paper Wall Street Journal that published an unsubstantiated story about a total sum of USD700 million which was deposited into Prime Minister Najib’s personal Ambank account issued a statement. It is clear that they wanted the UMNO President to sue WSJ.
The Malay Mail online story:
No need for us to confirm, WSJ’s 1MDB articles are clear enough, Dow Jones tells PM’s lawyers
BY CLARA CHOOI
Thursday July 23, 2015
01:55 PM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Dow Jones & Company has told lawyers acting for Datuk Seri Najib Razak that there was no need for them to ask if Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had meant to accuse the Malaysian prime minister of misappropriating funds as the business daily’s reports provide a clear answer to their questions.
In its reply to Najib’s lawyers signed off by Dow Jones’ counsel and chief compliance officer Jason P. Conti, the US publisher that owns WSJ said that the two articles in question— a July 2 news report titled “Malaysia leader’s accounts probed” and an opinion piece on July 6 titled “Scandal in Malaysia” – were based on available facts.
“In your letter you ‘seek confirmation as to whether it is [our] position as taken in [The News Article and The Opinion] that [your] Client misappropriated nearly USD700 million belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad’,” Conti wrote in his reply for Dow Jones, referring to the July 8 request for confirmation from Najib’s lawyers in Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak Advocates & Solicitors.
“We believe your request is unnecessary as The News Article and The Opinion speak for themselves,” he added in the letter that was emailed to Malay Mail Online today.
Conti also urged Najib’s lawyers to explain to their client the difference between the two articles they had highlighted, pointing out that the July 2 piece is a news article, which means it is a report on facts, while the July 6 article is a commentary on facts that have emerged in the course of unfolding events.
Explaining further, Conti noted that the July 2 article had also expressly mentioned that the original source of the funds was unclear and that the money trail did not show how the funds were spent.
WSJ in the July 2 article, reported Malaysian investigators had traced nearly US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) of deposits into what is believed to be Najib’s personal bank accounts.
The July 6 opinion piece, on the other hand, had been based on the facts available and presented in the July 2 article, the lawyer said.
“As a result, it is quite clear The News Article is a fair and accurate summary of current events, and The Opinion includes reasonable commentary based on those facts.
“Any suggestion otherwise is misplaced and baseless,” Conti said.
The Dow Jones lawyer also confirmed that the firm has yet to appoint its legal representatives in Malaysia to deal with the matter, telling Najib’s lawyers that there was no need to do so as they have yet to identify any cause of action against WSJ.
“If and when you do so, we will consider the appointment of appropriate solicitors in Malaysia,” Conti wrote before referring Najib’s lawyers to a representative in Singapore who he said advises Dow Jones on international matters.
Instead of the usual letter of demand, Najib’s lawyers had on July 8 written to WSJ’s publisher Dow Jones, giving the firm a 14-day deadline to confirm if the two articles had meant to accuse their client of misappropriating US$700 million (RM2.6 billion).
When defending the unusual move, Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Wan Harun, one of the prime minister’s lawyers, conceded that his firm could have immediately accused WSJ of defamation but chose not to because the offending articles were “neither here nor there”, thus making the letter seeking clarification necessary.
Dow Jones’ reply was sent on Tuesday, exactly 14 days from July 8. Najib’s lawyers have since remained silent on the matter and are believed to be mulling over the prime minister’s next step.
After WSJ’s July 2 bombshell, Najib immediately responded by saying that he has never taken 1MDB money for “personal gain”.
The embattled prime minister also categorised the allegations as “political sabotage” and accused his former mentor-turned-chief critic Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of colluding with foreign media to unseat him.
A special taskforce — comprising Bank Negara Malaysia, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Attorney-General’s Chambers — are currently investigating 1MDB and the claims in the WSJ report.
There are so many persons finding comfort in incomplete. They collude to ensure the collapse and destruction of administration which by, for and with the people for the day this nation earns its sovereignty.