Thursday, December 29, 2016

Oldest Man in the world - age 256 years old

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

NAJIB DRAGS SINGAPORE INTO 1MDB MUCK

NAJIB DRAGS SINGAPORE INTO 1MDB MUCK: BIG-TIME CORRUPTION EXPOSED IN HSIEN LOONG’S ‘SQUEAKY CLEAN’ CITY STATE

The naughty list for Singapore financiers has rarely been so long.
From the 1Malaysia Development Bhd.-linked scandal to a 333-count front-running case and the largest market-manipulation prosecution in Singapore’s history, this year’s allegations of moneymen behaving badly have put the city-state’s image as a squeaky-clean financial hub to the test.
Regulators have responded with their busiest year of enforcement actions, shutting the local units of two Swiss banks, fining some of the world’s biggest lenders and seizing S$240 million ($166 million) of assets. Ravi Menon, the head of Singapore’s central bank, summed up the city’s mood as the 1MDB-related cases escalated in July: “We can do better.”
“2016 was the year of significant crackdown in Singapore,” said Hamidul Haq, a lawyer at Rajah & Tann LLP and author of ‘Financial Crimes in Singapore.’ “Companies, financial traders and bankers are being kept on their toes.”
The stakes could hardly be higher for a city that relies on finance for 13 percent of its economy and has 200,000 jobs tied to the industry. With exports sliding and the local oil services industries in a slump, Singapore needs to protect the reputation of its financial sector as it grapples with the weakest economic growth since 2009.
Ravi Menon
Photographer: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

Strengthening enforcement functions under a new department is a strong signal of its commitment to uphold Singapore’s reputation, the Monetary Authority of Singaporesaid in an e-mailed response to questions. The regulator said it will continue to boost its enforcement and surveillance capabilities to deter criminal behavior and poor controls.
“This will ensure that any wrongdoing is swiftly detected, thoroughly investigated and firmly dealt with,” the MAS said.

Least Corrupt

Singapore, which prides itself on having a clean and trusted system, is rated by Transparency International as the least corrupt nation in Asia and consistently ranksamong the top 10 globally. That reputation was forged 51 years ago when Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore, and politicians from his People’s Action Party dressed in white to show they couldn’t be corrupted. That image helped to lure foreign investment to the city, where more than 200 banks have since set up shop.
The island emerged unscathed from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International global money laundering scandal in 1991 after MAS refused to grant it a license, though it isn’t immune to financial wrongdoing. In 1995, Nick Leeson’s $1.5 billion loss from unauthorized trades brought down Barings Plc, the U.K.’s oldest merchant bank. In 2004, China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corp. revealed a $550 million derivatives fraud.
While Singapore has undergone significant change in tackling money laundering since 2008, “moderate gaps” remain in the city, Paris-based Financial Action Task Force saidin September.
MAS chief Menon vowed to take stern action after the city’s reputation took a hit following revelations that money linked to 1MDB went through Singapore. The fund, at the center of global money-laundering and corruption probes, has consistently denied wrongdoing.
The city is the only jurisdiction to charge and convict bankers in connection with 1MDB. Yak Yew Chee, an ex-banker at Swiss firm BSI SA, pleaded guilty in November to charges including forging documents and failing to disclose suspicious transactions, while Yvonne Seah Yew Foong, who reported to Yak, was sentenced to two weeks in jail for aiding in forging documents. A former wealth planner at BSI, Yeo Jiawei, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and faces further charges of money laundering and forgery, among others. Yak and Seah didn’t appeal their convictions and sentences. Yeo is considering an appeal, according to his lawyer.
“There’s no doubt about the tone that we take,” Singapore Law Minister K Shanmugam said at a media lunch earlier this month, adding that the rule of law is the city’s life blood. “It’s got to be understood that the MAS will be very tough if you don’t follow the rules.”

Bigger Stick

The MAS was given a bigger stick to wield in 2015 after a penny-stock crash in 2013 mysteriously wiped out S$8 billion over three trading days, an event seen contributing to lower subsequent trading volumes. Lawmakers granted the regulator enhanced powers including being able to search premises, seize items and order financial firms to monitor customer accounts.
The alleged “masterminds” in the penny-stock case were charged in November after MAS investigators and white-collar crime police sifted through two million e-mails, thousands of phone records and financial statements and 180 trading accounts to solve the largest securities fraud in the city’s history. Previously, the regulator had to refer criminal probes to the Commercial Affairs Department and could only fine culprits.
“Hopefully, the MAS will continue to focus on catching the bigger fish like they have done in 2016,” said Lan Luh Luh, a professor at the National University of Singapore Business School. “It’s always a dilemma between tightening the reins too much, going after the very little guys and staying open for business.”
Crowdfunding and financial technology may come under scrutiny in 2017, according to Lan. The two areas aren’t heavily regulated and may be open to abuse, she said.

More Scrutiny

Singapore’s enforcement actions this year have made it one of the most active financial regulators in Asia. In rival Hong Kong, the Securities and Futures Commission has been settling probes and creating specialized teams under new enforcement chief Thomas Atkinson.
Other countries have also seen heightened supervisory focus. Indonesia started a tax amnesty plan aimed at repatriating cash stashed overseas while giving evaders a way to come clean. China has placed regulatory curbs to rein in shadow banking and contain debt risk.
“That’s the global trend — it’s going to become harder to hide illicit money,” said Andre Jumabhoy, a Singapore-based lawyer who advises on government enforcement at K&L Gates LLP. “There’s a real emphasis in making sure that if you want to be a serious global financial center like Singapore wants to be, you’ve got to abide by the rules.”
Here’s what the Monetary Authority of Singapore was busy with in 2016:
Banks and bankers
* Fined Standard Chartered Plc, Coutts & Co., UBS Group AG and DBS Group Holdings Ltd. over breaches related to 1MDB. The banks have said they cooperated with authorities
* Said it plans to bar former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. star banker Tim Leissner from the securities industry for 10 years. Leissner’s lawyer had said he intends to respond to allegations raised by MAS
Falcon Private Bank Ltd. was fined and ordered to shut over weak controls; local branch manager arrested by police. The bank had said it welcomed the completion of investigations
BSI SA was fined and directed to close after “serious” money laundering breaches; six senior executives referred to prosecutors. BSI said it cooperated fully with investigations.
Alleged errant traders
* Three people were charged for orchestrating largest market manipulation case in Singapore’s history
* Three former traders were charged with 333 counts in Singapore’s first front-running case
* Man charged in the city’s first spoofing case, which was also the first case that the regulator and Commercial Affairs Department jointly brought to court.
Fined a former chief financial officer of Sinomem Technology Ltd. and asset manager Triumpus Assets Management Pte for insider trading. Both had admitted to the contravention
Barred a former trader for two years and fined him S$110,000 for insider trading
Other enforcement efforts
* Joint announcement with Attorney-General’s Chambers and police that S$240 million in assets have been seized, including from Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho. Two calls to Low’s Jynwel Capital Ltd. in Hong Kong weren’t answered.
* Set up units to centralize and further boost enforcement as well as target money-laundering activities
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Jho Low’s time is running short

Super-Yacht Summit?

Super-Yacht Summit?

Still living it up on the 1MDB Superyacht - Jho Low
Still living it up on the 1MDB Superyacht – Jho Low
Malaysia’s de facto Deputy PM, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister, Jho Taek Low, deputises for Najib Razak across many fronts, according to widespread information.
He was observed over several weeks in China before Najib’s East Coast Rail bail-out was announced with the state-owned construction giant CCCC, for example
However, one of many places he does not feel safe to go is Malaysia itself, given the notoriety of his brainchild 1MDB, designed to raise billions in slush money for the Prime Minister from public funds.
Hong Kong and Singapore, which have both frozen 1MDB related bank accounts, are also places where Jho Low is not sighted these days.
According to sources, the young billionaire fraudster has instead focused on Thailand and Taiwan as core safe havens over recent months and his super-yacht, Equanimity, has floated around the South China Sea as a key base for his activities.

Watch the yacht!

So, it was with interest that yacht-spotters have recorded that Equanimity (after an extended stint off China) has spent nearly the whole of the past two months moored in and around the main marina on the popular tourist island of Phuket, Thailand.
Furthermore, for several days in December (roughly a fortnight) Jho Low’s boat (at 91 meters it is the 50th largest in the world) was pulled up alongside yet another of the world’s most enormous yachts, the even longer and more expensive vessle Radiant.
Yacht summit? Is this how the 1MDB / IPIC dilema is being resolved?
Yacht summit? Is this how the 1MDB / IPIC dilema is being resolved?
The owner of Radiant is none other than the powerful Abu Dhabi billionaire businessman and major player Abdullah al Futtaim.  Al Futtaim is close to the imprisoned former Aabar boss, Khadem Al Qubaisi, say those in the know, and there is considerable speculation that these two figures linked to the 1MDB/IPIC mega-arbitration issue aren’t just kicking their heels together in the sand.
“Jho Low is still the trusted fixer for Najib. There are not many the PM can trust and he is still trying to get 1MDB and himself together with his boss out of this mess”
one Malaysian insider with his ear close to the ground has told Sarawak Report.
Certainly, a deal to settle the arbitration issue, where Abu Dhabi is understood to have been awarded an initial $3.5 billion dollar settlement, pending criminal proceedings over a further $3 billion in dispute, is a key target for Najib.
The Prime Minister wants this done as quietly as possible and he needs to find the money to do it.  Chinese money is being pumped through the grossly inflated East Coast Rail deal with precisely this purpose in mind, according to papers leaked to Sarawak Report earlier this year, and the two billionaire yacht owners would appear to present a perfect interface.
Significantly, on Wednesday, the official Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani announced that 1MDB had somehow managed to finally cough up the money to meet its own debt repayments due in the third quarter of this year.
“I believe 1MDB and IPIC are trying to find a resolution to their dispute,” Johari said, though he did not give further details of the payment. [The Business Insider:]

Abu Dhabi is asked to pretend it was paid!

Malaysia’s bargaining position appears to be that it wants Abu Dhabi to lie, in order to cover up a major embarrassment for Najib, in return for a settlement of the billions 1MDB owes.
It has been widely reported that whereas 1MDB’s own accounts registered that some $3.5 billion was paid from 1MDB to the Abu Dhabi Aabar/IPIC fund, there was no receipt of that money registered in the IPIC London Stock Exchange reports.
Evidence from the US FBI investigation; the Malaysian Auditor General’s report and the Singapore court cases related to BSI Bank have all confirmed that this money was instead sent to a series of bogus off-shore accounts, set up with similar names to Aabar by its now imprisoned CEO and Chairman, who were working in collusion with Jho Low and Najib.
This stolen money was then transfered on to Najib Razak’s personal account in KL and to Aabar Chairman Khadem Al Qubaisi’s account in Luxembourg.
How the bogus Aabar BVI account was used to siphon 1MDB money - the official IPIC accounts never registered the phoney deal
How the bogus Aabar BVI account was used to siphon 1MDB money – the official IPIC accounts never registered the phoney deal
After the FBI report in July confirmed this state of affairs, Deloittes, who were 1MDB’s auditors, resigned their position, having acknowledged that they could no longer stand by their figures.
Nevertheless, in his interview with The Business Insider, Johari implied that Malaysia is attempting to get Abu Dhabi to publicly claim that it was paid the money that went missing from 1MDB after all. In return Malaysia will apparently settle the debts it owes the Abu Dhabi fund.
“If IPIC could just acknowledge that they received the $3.5 billion payment made to them, then this matter could be easily resolved,” Johari said.
He said arbitration talks were still at the “case management stage.”
So, all Abu Dhabi needs to do is tell some lies relating to the misappropriation of billions of dollars and Najib will cut the deal they want! The message could not be clearer from this staggeringly frank interview and it sums up Najib’s typical modus operandi, which is paying people to lie (using other people’s money).
Is the Gulf state willing to see its reputation besmirched with the same moral reputation as the present Malaysian government or will it insist on doing things properly?  There is much speculation that Jho Low and his wealthy counterpart from the Emirates will not have been sitting next to each other in Thailand for two whole weeks without negotiations in mind.

Time to arrest the men behind the crime

However, Jho Low’s time has to be running short. Singapore’s BSI Bank case has now exposed even more fully the criminal money-laundering of 1MDB’s stolen funds by bankers at his behest (three are now jailed).  It would seem, therefore, that neither Singapore, nor indeed the United States and Switzerland, can credibly hold off much longer from  issuing a warrant for the man behind the cime and behind him Najib.
Radiant finally floated off from its lengthy engagement in Phuket last week and is has been visiting ports in Malaysian waters.  Having mysteriously turned its transponder off for periods over the past few days (thereby hiding its positioning) it moored near the holiday resort of Langkawi. [Update – it has now returned to Phuket]
Likewise, shortly after the news of Xavier Justo’s release on 13th December, Jho Low’s Equanimity also went out to sea and dangerously turned off its transponder for several days, meaning no one could track its movments or spot its position.  On the 19th it reappeared in Phuket and again has moored next to another mega-boat, named Lady D.
Lady D - not for charter, but always at the side of Equanimity
Lady D – not for charter, but always at the side of Equanimity
Lady D has followed round after Equanimity for weeks, say yacht spotters, even tracking it to China. It is not officially known who owns this converted frigate (which is presently believed to be up for sale) or why it is now the companion ship for Equanimity.
If there has been any outcome from the Yacht Summit, we should hear of it soon.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tun Dr Ismail - The medical student who helped change Australia


Ismail bin Abdul Rahman’s graduation from the University of Melbourne sparked a cultural shift that contributed to the end of the White Australia Policy

When Ismail bin Abdul Rahman (MBBS, 1945), the first graduate of the University of Melbourne from Malaya, arrived in Australia in 1940, he did so with considerable uncertainty.

His memoirs detail his adjustment to a foreign culture, but also the enjoyment of participating in events at his residential Queen’s College and studying for his medical degree. The outbreak of the Pacific War and the invasion of his home country created additional anxieties. Ismail bin Abdul Rahman’s experience as an international student was to be profound, fostering a self-resilience and drive that underpinned his outstanding career in medicine and politics on his return.
Tud Dr
Today, one-third of students at the University of Melbourne are from overseas, including an increasing number with Malaysian citizenship.
Ismail bin Abdul Rahman. Picture: University of Melbourne
Ismail bin Abdul Rahman. Picture: University of Melbourne
Australia has also transformed into a culturally diverse nation in ways that were unimaginable in the 1940s. But it is not well-known that the presence of international students at the University of Melbourne, and their interactions with local students, contributed to the breakdown of the White Australia Policy and strengthened Australia’s ties with the Asian-Pacific region.

This is an important story in the history of the University’s international connections and worth retelling.

In the immediate post-war years, increasing numbers of international students from Asian countries arrived in Australia. By 1950 there were 214, half of whom were from Malaya or Singapore. This was a time when the Australian Government defended immigration restriction on racial grounds under the White Australia Policy.

But there was an increasing recognition of Australia’s economic and cultural position in the Asia-Pacific region. Prime Minister Robert Menzies acknowledged these connections, helping to establish the Colombo Plan for Economic Development in South and Southeast Asia in 1951.

The Colombo Plan offered scholarships to Asian students and many more students privately funded their Australian tertiary education. By the early 1950s, Australian universities were enrolling 3-4,000 students from Asia annually, mostly from Indonesia and Malaya.

Their presence transformed university campuses, encouraging a culture that embraced cultural diversity and cosmopolitan values. The University of Melbourne’s lecture halls and laboratories provided a relaxed atmosphere for Australian and Asian students to form friendships and exchange views. The 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne also fostered the welcome of international visitors to Australia, and stressed the importance of social interactions across national boundaries.
Ismail bin Abdul Rahman, pictured back row with his arms folded, with international students. Picture: Supplied
Ismail bin Abdul Rahman, pictured back row with his arms folded, with international students. Picture: Supplied
The University of Melbourne appointed a Warden of Overseas Students in 1950 to address reports that Asian students could feel isolated and experience discrimination in the wider community. After an extended period of fundraising, International House opened in 1957 to provide residential accommodation for international and Australian students. On the campus, student organisations such as the Australia-Indonesia Association, or Volunteer Graduates Abroad, hosted international students and supported student delegations to Indonesia.

The University curriculum reflected Australia’s increasing economic, political and cultural relations with the Asian-Pacific region. The influential Professor of Political Science, W. Macmahon Ball, and Norman Harper, Lecturer in American History, incorporated studies of Asian politics and geography into their courses. In the Faculty of Law, Hans Leyser introduced the teaching of Indonesian customary law. The University also appointed an Indonesian diplomat, Zainu’ddin, to teach Indonesian and Malay Studies.

The combination of government and University support for Asian students, teaching and student-led programs that promoted Australia-Asian social exchange, were to have an impact on many Australian students. As Howard Nathan QC, and subsequently Supreme Court Justice, recalled about his student experience: “It all fell apart — the old conservative ideas — in this environment that was free and progressive, and wildly stimulating.”

White Australia policy

In this climate of change, the continuation of Australia’s policy of immigration restriction was a focus for campus activism and student politics. Objections accelerated after 1955, the year the first group of Colombo Plan students graduated and were compelled by the conditions of their temporary visas to return to their home countries.

Across Australia universities’ student representative councils conducted referenda to determine how students felt about Asian immigration into Australia. At the University of Melbourne, 77 per cent of students were opposed to immigration restriction based on a ‘colour bar’, and 88 per cent favoured a uniform application of immigration policy regardless of race.

This consensus that the White Australia Policy was no longer acceptable was to energise a group of Melbourne graduates and staff, including Jamie Mackie, who taught Indonesian and Malayan Studies and Sir James Gobbo, later Governor of Victoria. In 1959, they formed the Immigration Reform Group. They produced a highly influential pamphlet: Control or Colour Bar? A Proposal for Change in the Australian Immigration System, which became an unexpected best-seller and was read avidly by those in government, politics and the public service. It is now regarded as a key intervention in public debate over immigration in Australia, and as contributing to the dismantling of the White Australia Policy.

In the pamphlet, and the more substantial academic book that followed, the Immigration Reform Group argued that the White Australia Policy was out of step with contemporary Australian attitudes and the immigration policies of comparative nations. In presenting this compelling case, the authors drew upon the their first-hand experiences of working alongside Asian students at the University of Melbourne.

*Ismail bin Abdul Rahman was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from September, 1970–August, 1973. He was awarded an LL.D. (Honoris Causa) by the University of Melbourne in March, 1973.
For further reading, see Kate Darian-Smith and James Waghorne, Australian-Asian Sociability, Student Activism, and the University Challenge to White Australia in the 1950s, Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 62, no. 2, 2016.
In 2013, a Witness Seminar was convened with key participants in the events in the 1950s. Extracts can be viewed here.
Banner Image: Students at Orientation Week. Picture: University of Melbourne

Monday, December 19, 2016

How Najib Handed Multiple Cheques To UMNO Man From His 1MDB Funded ('Donor') Account!


How Najib Handed Multiple Cheques To UMNO Man From His 1MDB Funded ('Donor') Account!

How Najib Handed Multiple Cheques To UMNO Man From His 1MDB Funded ('Donor') Account!

Just RM500k out of that RM2.6 billion?
Just RM500k out of that RM2.6 billion?
An UMNO Division Chief, Zaharin Mod Yasin from Bandar Tun Razak district in KL, has openly acknowledged on Facebook how Najib personally handed him so many fat cheques that he can’t remember how many he received or presumably how much they added up to!
Posting on his publicly accessible page just a few days ago on December 14th, Zaharain even included photographs of two of these cheques.
Both are signed with the by now very familiar signature of the Prime Minister and are for the princely sum of RM200,000 (cUS$70,000). One was dated in 2011 and the other in 2012.
The money wasn’t for himself, claims the UMNO man, it was for his party.  So he reasons that made it OK. However, given he has himself admitted the shoddiness of his own book-keeping, it would appear he cannot account for how the money was actually spent, so we just have to take his word for that!.
Neither does this political figure appear to have the slightest appreciation of the blatant corruption entailed in a situation where the ‘President of the Party’ i.e. the Prime Minister of the day, is handing out personal cheques from a hidden account to party members.
To Zaharin Mod Yasin it is plainly the normal state of affairs as he sees it and so he prepared to be quite public about the fact that this is how UMNO is presently run!
Facebook translation: I dunno how many times stating that I received money from the president of the party because my interests and not umno for myself, my barisan nasional preparation for the election officials and ubahsaui barisan nasional, umno to pay the debt by the ancients. I never call in my interview on tv named will pas received money from imdb or umno. This is actually a leader dinaikmuat pan.. anyway he apologised, then consider this a slander.
Based on Facebook translation: “I dunno how many times I received money from the president of the party because it was not for my interests but for UMNO and  my barisan nasional preparation for the election officials and to pay for earlier debts……

UMNO don’t even understand what corruption is?

What Zaharin Mod Yasin has publicly displayed on Facebook in this way is evidence of a shocking mentality, where it appears that certain UMNO officials no longer understand what is corrupt as opposed to acceptable practice.
Cheques from the same bank account that received RM2.6 bn and more from 1MDB
Cheques from the same bank account that received RM2.6 bn and more from 1MDB
Worse still, the bank account number shown on the cheques is the same at that of the AmPrivate Bank account belonging to Najib, which it is now known received numerous dubious payments between 2011 and 2015.
These payments included the notorious RM2.6 billion made 21st/23rd March 2013, which the FBI confirmed in July was stolen from 1MDB just three days previously and was then funnelled through intermediaries to reach Najib’s account.
Investigators have also traced several other earlier payments into the same account, including RM170 million in November 2011, which was traced back to the 1MDB subsidiary SRC International, itself funded by money borrowed from the pension fund KWAP:
An earlier transfer into the same Najib Razak account
An earlier transfer into the same Najib Razak account
The Prime Minister has, of course, denied the money came from 1MDB, despite the mass of accumulated evidence. In true UMNO style he has claimed it came from a minor young Saudi Royal, whom he refuses to name, but whom bank documents suggest is AbdulAziz Al-Saud, a minor figure without that sort of money.
Nevertheless, the dubious origin of the money doesn’t appear to worry Zaharin Mod Yasin if it doesn’t worry his “boss”.  When Facebook commentators questioned the matter, he told them it “wasn’t his business” where the money came from!
I don't know
I don’t know… not my business!
“Did that RM2.6 billion come from the Arab Billionaire?” asked one comment?
“I don’t know… I received it from Najib Razak on his personal account.. where the money came from is not my business”
replies the UMNO leader with devastating frankness.
Sarawak Report begs to differ with this admittedly extremely open politician. If he suspects or has been warned that he may be in receipt of stolen public money via his President, it is his legal duty and moral responsibility to act immediately to report the fact and to take appropriate action as a representative and guardian of public trust.
Given the entirely inappropriate nature of this funding Zaharin Mod Yasin should have long since denounced his leader and sacked him.  He should not shrug his shoulders in such a fashion.
At least this particular UMNO member has been public with the information on his Facebook page, unlike legions of other UMNO political figures who are also believed to have received slush money from Najib.
Each and every one of these supposed representatives of the people have one over-riding duty, which is to the public and not to the person who is clinging on to the Presidency of their party.  Since he is paying out stolen public money to keep senior officials loyal they are all now in danger of being sucked into the criminal case themselves.
Unless such people act, instead of shirking their responsibilities and accepting yet more of these cheques, the reputation of their party may never survive this global public disgrace. And they themselves may have to face charges for their own part in this plunder of public money.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

IT Executive ? - Justo's Real Role At 1MDB

IT Executive ? - Justo's Real Role At 1MDB

IT Executive ? - Justo's Real Role At 1MDB

Justo was not an IT exec
Justo was not an IT exec
Numerous news outlets have over the past few days retailed the Malaysian news agency Bernama’s deliberate belittling of Xavier Justo, with regard to his role and status when working with PetroSaudi.
As news of his impending planned release has come out of Thailand, Justo has once more been labelled an ‘IT executive‘ with the company in a repeat of the false stories that were circulated at the time of his contrived arrest.
This was a fabrication orchestrated by PetroSaudi in its elaborate bid to discredit the now proven information about thefts from 1MDB, in which the company had played a pivotal role before Justo joined its London operations.
Justo was in fact a Senior Vice President and Director of the company. However, he was not involved in the 1MDB negotiations, which were between PetroSaudi Shareholders Tarek Obaid. Prince Turki, Patrick Mahony and 1MDB’s Jho Low and Najib Razak.
Justo’s key role came subsequently when he took over the company’s management of the Venezuelan operations, which were funded by money received from its role in the 1MDB heist.
To prove this point, we remind readers of documents from PetroSaudi’s own database including their own company structure (featured above).
Numerous other papers confirm Justo’s senior position in the company, including official public documents filed in London’s Companies House:
Director of the London related company PSA Energy, along with other companies in the group as well as registered Director of PetroSaudi at Companies House in London for a year in 2010
Director of the related company PSA Energy, along with other companies in the group as well as registered Director of PetroSaudi at Companies House in London for a year in 2010
It is simply not credible and totally inaccurate to describe Justo as a hired IT executive – in fact he had no expertise in IT, as PetroSaudi’s own biography of their fellow Director makes clear:
Justo was a banker - no IT qualifications in sight
Justo was a banker – no IT qualifications in sight
It is also clear from PetroSaudi’s own internal documents (eg the one below) how their scoop from the 1MDB heist was the $300 million share that went into their company.
No mention of the $700 million that they claim was repaid as a ‘loan’ to their ‘subsidiary’ Good Star Limited.  Because, as the FBI pointed out in their 136 page investigation document laid before the US courts, Good Star belonged to Jho Low and that remainding $700 million of the first 1 billion dollars paid out by 1MDB went straight into that account:
Yipee! $300 million in cash to invest in our brand new business, in return for acting as a front for 1MDB and Jho Low!
Yipee! $300 million in cash to invest in our brand new business, in return for acting as a front for 1MDB and Jho Low!
PetroSaudi has been caught out telling endless lies. The lies and belittling of Justo, participated in by Malaysian official news agencies, are just part of their now fully exposed sham attempts to continue to portry themselves as an honest company, innocently caught up in 1MDB.
PetroSaudi’s remaining directors will not be happy to see Xavier Justo back in town.  In fact, they together with Najib Razak will be doing everything within their powers to bribe and bully whoever they can in order to prevent it.
Official documents for all to see at London's Companies House.
Official documents for all to see at London’s Companies House.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Cerpen 'REVOLUSI CANGKUNG' oleh Fudzail (Mingguan Malaysia 11 Dis 2016)




Biodata:
Fudzail berkelulusan sains komputer & matematik dari New Zealand, pernah menjadi pengurus IT di TV3 dan ekspatriat Malaysia yang bermastautin di UAE sejak tahun 2000. Terlibat dalam pembinaan projek mega seperti Dubai Internet City, Palm Jumeirah dan pengurus Yusuf Islam. Kini beliau menjadi CEO dan pengarah beberapa syarikat antarabangsa di Dubai, selain sukarelawan yang pernah ke Gaza, Palestin.
Pernah memenangi hadiah sastera sebanyak 16 kali termasuk 4 kali Hadiah Sastera Perdana Malaysia.

Beliau boleh dihubungi melalui emel fudzail@gmail.com dan blog 1426.blogspot.com

Cerpen: Revolusi Cangkung

Oleh: Fudzail
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Shahid pun masuk. Ramai sudah berbaris. Dengan pelbagai wajah. Reaksi untuk melepaskan hajat. Ada bau menerpa dan menusuk. Bau yang menterjemah realiti. Gambaran satu keadaan yang tidak berubah. Bau itu lambang tahap kemajuan yang beku.
Lantai seakan berkulat juga memaparkan simbiosis sumbang. Tidak bersih. Lembab. Tidak mengundang kemesraan. Suram suasana. Tidak ceria. Merimaskan.
Dia menjenguk ke arah dalam. Ada sepuluh orang berbaris didepan. Dari fizikal, tujuh pelancung yang sama-sama tiba. Banyak penerbangan awal pagi. dibelakangnya sudah ada yang berbaris. Merangkai satu himpunan yang berdisplin dalam menahan asakan dari dalam diri.
Sabar menanti, bisikan hati Shahid. Hanya lima pintu. Tertutup. Manakala yang berbaris sudah melebihi 20 orang. Penerbangan tujuh jam dari Doha meletihkan. Perut pula memulas.
Pelancung Arab yang beratur didepannya menoleh. Wajah mencemik. Mahu sahaja dikatakan, selamat datang ke negara kami, maaf tandas dilapangan terbang ini tidak bertaraf dunia, tidak sebagaimana iklan dan propaganda yang diwarwarkan diseluruh planet.
Tidak mesra pelancung.
Shahid mahu terus melontar perasaan, tandas yang tidak diselanggara sebaiknya ini bukan lambang kemiskinan etika kami, hanya sebuah kesilapan. Jangan jadikan tandas busuk ini sebagai pengalaman terburuk untuk yang pertama kali melawat negara kami.
Mungkin lelaki berkulit putih itu dapat membaca apa yang berada difikiran Shahid. Melontar senyuman pahit. Sepahit penantian dalam ruang berbau dan suram.
Mungkin dia dalam keadaan kecemasan, sama seperti Shahid. Kalau tidak sudah lama keluar dari perangkap sebuah keadaan. Keluar daripada buana penantian yang menyeksakan.
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"Duduk atau mencangkung yang lebih baik?"
Tanya Kushairi sambil mata terus kepada skrin telefon pintar. Berada didunia maya yang merentas ruang dan masa.
"Mana yang sunnah?" Tanya pula Rashdan yang sama menatap skrin telefon pintarnya. Berinteraksi dengan pelbagai rakan-rakan maya melalui media sosial. Hampir setiap masa mata didepan skrin, termasuk diwaktu memandu. Dia tahu berbahaya, tetapi sudah menjadi tabiat yang sukar diluputkan.
Shahid menggeleng. Dia melihat dua rakannya yang duduk bersama tetapi tidak bersama secara peribadi disatu ruang. Masing-masing sibuk dengan sembang dari Whatsapp dan Facebook. Atas talian lebih mesra dari berdepan secara fiikal.
"Apa masalahnya?" Tanya Shahid.
"Sudah viral di media sosial yang mencangkung adalah lebih baik dari kajian perubatan, ini menepati sunnah!" Jawab Rashdan sambil menaip diskrin. Jari jemarinya begitu cepat dan laju memetik huruf-huruf diatas skrin.
"Begitulah perkara itu menjadi isu dan viral. Padahal yang lebih penting, yang kita kena cakna, kebersihan tandas terus menjadi tabu dan keadaan tandas terus jelek!"
Shahid bersuara dengan wajah serius. Dia baharu membaca statistik yang lebih 61 peratus dari tandas awam diseluruh negara dalam keadaan terburuk. Hanya 3 peratus mendapat taraf lima bintang dan 10 peratus terus tidak boleh ditarafkan apa-apa, tidak berfungsi!
Cukup memalukan.
Kedua rakan baiknya itu sama sahaja dengan majoriti yang lain, tidak peduli, tidak cakna, dan tidak ambil kisah mengenai kebersihan tandas. Semenjak sama-sama di asrama ke universiti. Sama sahaja status pemikiran walau sudah beranak pinak.
Rashdan dan Kushairi sudah bergelar Datuk, jutawan atau golongan kelas menengah, masih sama tahap sikap dan taraf nilai kebersihan. Sekadar ada, sekadar nampak bersih dari sudut makro. Tidak peduli secara mikro.
"Kau tahu berapa puluh juta setiap tahun dibazirkan kerana tandas yang kotor?" Tanya Shahid, kali ini suara agak tinggi untuk menarik perhatian dua rakan yang terus fokus dengan skrin telefon masing-masing.
Tiada respon. Mungkin sekadar emoji atau emotikon berwajah senyum. Isu politik semasa mengepung minda.
Shahid memahami yang topik kebersihan tandas tidak pernah menarik minat majoriti mereka yang setiap hari menggunakan tandas. Dari awal pagi kesebelum masuk tidur. Tandas menjadi destini kerap yang wajib.
"Dalam berpolitik pun, orang Melayu dengan ‘sikap tandas’ kegenerasi abad ke 21 ini. Politik kita dipenuhi dengan hasad dengki, caci-mencaci, fitnah, jatuh menjatuh, politik wang dan sanggup buat apa saja untuk jatuhkan lawan. Jijik seperti tandas-tandas awam kita!"
Kata-kata Shahid itu secepat kilat menarik minat Kushairi dan Rashdan.
Memang sebut sahaja politik, boleh sembang 24 jam sehari dan tidak pernah menjadi!
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"Kau harus memahami mengenai perbedaan antara kawasan pedalaman dan bandar, mengenai penggunaan tandas. Di kawasan bandar memang ada kesedaran untuk kebersihan tandas. Tidak sebegitu di kawasan pedalaman, bukan sahaja kerana persekitaran, tetapi keadaan tanpa fasiliti yang sewajarnya!"
Profesor Nizarulail berkata sambil melepaskan asap rokok ke udara. Semenjak lama mahu berhenti merokok, semakin banyak menghisap dengan tekanan daripada KPI dan tuntutan kerja serta dilema alam pendidikan. Perubahan prioriti dan ranking universiti menambah stres.
"Kita sudah sepatutnya mengubah rekabentuk hiasan dan keadaan tandas menjadi lebih ceria, cantik dan berwarna-warni. Lihat barangan komersial yang kelihatan cantik mudah untuk dijual. Anggap tandas sebagai satu produk komersil dengan teknoloji canggih seperti telefon pintar kita ini, tentu ramai menghargai!"
Shahid mendengar sepenuhnya. Sesekali berbincang dengan tokoh ilmuwan memberi banyak pengetahuan. Walaupun dia tahu, banyak yang hanya teori semata-mata.
"Aku tidak bersetuju dengan perbedaan antara pedalaman dan bandar. Kita telah enam puluh tahun merdeka, kau pergilah ke masjid misalnya, sebagai contoh tempat ibadah, sama sahaja pedalaman atau bandar, masih tidak memuaskan tahap kebersihan tandas!"
Keduanya merokok diluar bangunan pejabat. Cuaca mendung memberi udara nyaman. Seperti biasa, kebiasaan merokok tidak mudah untuk ditinggalkan. Walau amaran tentang bahaya merokok siap dengan imejan di kotak rokok, tidak pernah memberi apa-apa kesan kepada perokok tegar. Letaklah berapa mahal harga sekotak rokok, tetap menjadi menu harian untuk paru-paru mengepam asap rokok yang dipenuhi pelbagai bahan kimia.
"Kau lihat di beberapa negara kafir, seperti New Zealand, tandas-tandas yang terletak tepi jalan tercorok di ulu, tempat jin tendang pun bersih dan terjaga. Manakala kau pergilah ke banyak negara-negara Islam, tandas-tandas masjid pun kotor, walhal kebersihan itu salah satu ciri wajib dalam feqah. Kalau kau pernah berkereta di Arab Saudi dari Riyadh ke Makkah misalnya dan berhenti di tempat-tempat R & R, nak masuk dalam tandas pun tak jadi dengan bau dan keadaan menjijikan!"
Shahid melepaskan pengalaman yang dilaluinya. Tandas menjadi sebahagian dari titipan kembara yang merentas sempadan dan budaya. Tandas menjadi lambang dan simbol kehebatan komuniti, bukan sekadar kekayaan material dan bangunan-bangunan tinggi tersergam. Bukan siapa menganut agama apa dan mana bangsa yang lebih mulia kalau tandas tidak terjaga sebersihnya.
"Persepsi mengenai tandas yang kotor, berbaur busuk dan suram mesti diubah. Patut menjadi terang, berwarna-warni dan menceriakan. Menjadi tempat yang boleh bersantai. Aku pernah ke Dubai dan tandas di merata kompleks membeli belah seperti taman dan boleh tidur dalamnya!"
Sambung Profesor Nizarulail dengan nada serius. Banyak kali dia menyuarakan isu tandas dan sebagai profesor bidang sains sosial, dia mempunyai agenda sendiri dalam pembangunan tandas tempatan sebagai fasiliti bertaraf dunia.
Shahid tahu yang tidak banyak yang boleh dilakukan untuk menjadi negara maju selagi kebersihan tandas tidak menjadi satu kewajiban setiap orang. Kerana itu dia tertarik dengan pendidikan di Jepun yang mana pelajar-pelajar sendiri membersihkan tandas memberikan asas yang kuat. Tetapi Jepun telah membina budaya tandas semenjak beberapa generasi.
"Sepatutnya, kita tidak perlu ada pekerja yang mencuci tandas kalau setiap orang tahu menghargai tandas dan tahu tahap kebersihan yang sepatutnya!"
Sekali lagi, Profesor Nizarulail menghembus rokok. Bagai melontar seribu kemelut dalam fikiran. Tandas menjadi isu yang boleh membawa implikasi ekonomi. Ada efek kepada persekitaran dan kesihatan.
"Kita tidak mungkin mencapai apa-apa dengan bersembang sahaja. Kita mesti melakukan sesuatu. Bermula pendidikan dari rumah dan sekolah. Apabila individu berubah, barulah ada transformasi yang lebih berkesan!"
Shahid mengangguk. Entah mengapa dalam keadaan ekonomi kurang memberangsangkan dia melihat semakin teruk pula tahap kebersihan dikebanyakan tandas awam. Tidak pasti ada pertalian dan korelasi. Sesuatu yang menyebabkan dia disambar oleh semangat perjuangan sebagai orang tua. Jihad sikap untuk lebih fokus kepada kebersihan tandas.
Seakan satu perjuangan yang lebih bermakna daripada pelbagai perjuangan yang pernah dilakukannya sepanjang kehidupan. Dalam usia yang semakin diambang senja, tahap usia bonus, Shahid tahu yang dia perlu ada legasi sebagai aktivis masyarakat sebelum pencen. Sebelum jasad menjadi jenazah dan sekadar tulang temulang dalam tanah.
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"Bertuahnya generasi millennial abad ke 21. Apabila mahu membuang air besar, boleh lintang pukang lari balik ke rumah atau mana-mana tandas awam. Zaman pakcik dahulu, apabila mahu buang air besar, terpaksa lari lintang pukang kedalam semak, ke tepi paya atau sungai dan laut. Atau dibelakang pokok. Asal ada tempat untuk melepas!"
Anak-anak muda yang mendengar pun tergelak. Hirok pikok.
Lucu mendengar cerita era enam puluhan. Era filem P.Ramlee. Era filem hitam putih. Era tanpa tandas dikebanyakan kampung dan juga bandar kecil. Era yang mudah dan ringan-ringan. Tiada ekstrisme. Tiada Wahabi. Tiada Shiah. Tiada Liberalisasi. Tiada LGBT. Yang ada hanya muhibbah. Pembangunan pasca kemerdekaan. Seperti filem-filem P.Ramlee yang merentas zaman, tiada hipokrasi terlampau. Realiti yang sureal.
Era yang penuh kesusahan, tetapi berisi kebahagian. Era yang menggamit rindu buat Shahid setiap terjengah dalam ruang deja vu.
Shahid tahu nostalgia tentang era tanpa tandas sukar difahami oleh generasi alaf ke 21 yang hidup dengan kemewahan, Internet dan gajet. Mungkin tiga atau  empat dekad nanti mereka para millennial pula bernostalgia tentang gajet-gajet yang semakin menjadi nilai peribadi seseorang. Gajet-gajet yang sepatutnya mendekatkan mereka kepada kebersihan tandas. Kepada tanggungjawab sebagai pengguna tandas yang bukan sekadar stereotaip.
Shahid teringat sewaktu kecil dia sering membuat tandas terbang. Terutama ketika waktu malam. Gelap. Takut untuk turun rumah. Juga kalau hari hujan. Tiada pilihan. Meneram atas kertas bungkus barang. Lempar sejauh mungkin dalam kegelapan. Yang pasti, esoknya sentiasa bersih kerana bungkusan keramat itu dimakan ayam. Atau dimakan kura-kura.
Sekali sekala mengguna tandas pusing. Curi peluang untuk buang air besar dibelakang pokok. Kalau ada sesiapa lalu, segera lari keliling pokok untuk bersembunyi, itulah tandas pusing.
Shahid teringatkan tandas angkut diawal tahun tujuhpuluhan. Ramai saudara mara yang bekerja angkut najis dan dipanggil pelbagai gelaran menjijikkan walaupun mereka sekadar mencari rezeki halal dan bukan merompak wang rakyat. Menghina pekerjaan mulia walau kelihatan menjijikkan. Bukan nampak mulia tetapi melakukan jenayah yang menjijikkan.
Teringat cerita ayahnya dizaman tahun lima puluhan ke enampuluhan. Menetap di kampung dipersisiran pantai timur. Kebiasannya melepaskan hajat di tepi pantai. Bersantaian. Angkat kain pelikat dan cangkung. Sambil menikmati hembusan angin Laut Cina Selatan. Mendamba jiwa dan berlatar lagy sentimental. Bau pun hilang dibawa angin lalu.
Kalau mencangkung di tepi pantai, ada pula sistem semulajadi. Shahid terbayang auto flush dan auto wash. Luncuran ombak laju yang berfungsi dua dalam satu. Ada bahayanya kerana ramai yang tidak biasa atau tersalah masa, terus tubuh ditarik ombak masuk ke dalam laut.  Basah kuyup. Boleh lemas. Dan ada yang tertanggal kain sarong dibawa ombak. Bogel dan terkapar. Terkonteng-konteng menutup kemaluan.
Tidak lupa tandas serkup. Meneram dan serkup dengan tempurung. Buang dalam semak dan belukar. Kalau nasib malang, ada yang terambil dan menemui bahan organik paling asli. Lantas menjadi sengketa.
Pernah Shahid cuba mencangkung di atas batang pokok kelapa condong. Sekadar berkain pelikat. Goyangan batang kepala yang dihenjut-henjut mengkhayalkan budak-budak seperti dia yang selalu berangan-angan jauh. Melebar impian. Mahu jadi superman. Atau jadi askar. Nikmat tandas bergoyang memberi banyak inspirasi. Dan selepas mencangkung, bergegas mencari perigi untuk membersihkan diri. Sungguh bahagia. Tiada konflik antara penghuni oleh sebab remeh temeh.
Tidak dapat dibayangkan oleh anak-anak muda yang mendengar, tidak terjangkau imaginasi mereka yang sentiasa asyik dengan permainan komputer. Dari permainan bola Fifa ke mencari Pokemon. Dunia hayalan rekaan yang mencantas banyak kreativiti.
Mereka hanya ketawa sambil membayangkan betapa kartunnya kehidupan tahun-tahun filem hitam putih. Selamba sahaja Shahid membawa cerita-cerita yang tiada di Facebook. Menyebabkan ceramah mengenai tandas menjadi hiburan dan Shahid seakan peserta paling lawak dalam siri Maharaja Lawak. Boleh menjadi selebriti dan idola.
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Pengalaman buruk sewaktu lawatan ke negara China sedekad lalu masih menjadi igauan. Tandas sebagai fasiliti asas hampir tiada langsung untuk pelancung. Beberapa kali dia cuba menahan hajat di Beijing walau terasa tidak tahan, akhirnya terpaksa mencangkung secara terbuka. Tandas tanpa pintu kubikal. Terbuka. Mengikut budaya tempatan. Masuk kandang rimau mengaum, masuk tandas negara Cina, mencangkung tanpa malu secara terbuka.
"Kalian tahu tak kerajaan China telah memulakan revolusi tandas tahun lalu untuk membina 33,000 buah tandas baharu di kawasan-kawasan pelancungan dan membaik pulih 25,000 lagi diseluruh China?"
Pertanyaan Ishak melalui grup Whatsapp alumni universitinya memberi ilham. Diskusi yang dibawa oleh Shahid mendapat pelbagai respon. Majoriti bersetuju mengenai keadaan tandas awam masih tidak berubah.
Meleret-leret diskusi sehingga mencecah ribuan komen. Para siswazah tua dan muda yang sepatutnya lebih berilmu, lebih kehadapan bukan sahaja sebagai profesional, ahli perniagaan, politikus, ahli akademik, malah sebagai pengguna tandas yang bertaraf negara maju.
"Kalian tahu, lebih separuh dari penduduk India tidak mempunyai akses untuk menggunakan tandas?" Komen Mustapha Kamal, arkitek yang banyak kali ke India atas urusan bisnes. "Itu dalam 600 juta manusia tanpa tandas!"
"Islam mengutamakan kebersihan dan dari sudut feqah, kalau tidak bersih, ibadah tidak diterima. Kalau kita tengok keadaan tandas di banyak masjid, rasanya kita tidak cukup mematuhi feqah!" Komen Matlan, jurutera minyak yang selalu menulis mengenai hukum agama dan dipanggil Lebai Google kerana sering menyalin apa sahaja dari carian Google.
"Satu pertiga dari penduduk dunia tidak menggunakan tandas secara betul. Itu belum dikira dari segi kebersihan!" Komen Datin Ani, isteri politikus yang sesekali menyampuk.
"Tandas boleh menyelamatkan nyawa kerana banyak wabak penyakit tersebar melalui tandas yang kotor, apalagi kalau pembuangan najis dibuat secara terbuka dan dimana-mana!" Sampuk Dr. Rohana.
"Penggunaan tandas yang kotor boleh mengundang pelbagai penyakit seperti jangkitan pada salur atau pundi kencing yang disebabkan oleh kuman Eschericha Coli atau E. Coli!" Sambung Dr. Norzi, cuba menguatkan hujah Dr. Rohana.
"Bisnes kumpul najis memang menguntungkan!" Jenaka Azmi, seorang pegawai bank, memeriahkan diskusi. "Siapa kata najis tiada nilai? Najis boleh memberi kekayaan!"
"Kalau murid-murid kita kena cuci tandas sebagai aktiviti ko-kurikulum, tentu ibu bapa mengamuk. Penuhlah status Facebook dengan pelbagai maki hamun. Memang susah untuk mengubah minda kita yang menganggap pendidikan sekadar lulus peperiksaan cemerlang dengan semua A untuk subjek semata-mata!"
Membaca komen-komen yang terus masuk itu menyegarkan fikiran Shahid. Ternyata ramai yang memahami apa yang ingin dilakukan. Kesimpulan yang bukan sekompleks belajar sains nuklear. Realitinya, kesedaran sivik dan mentaliti majoriti warganegara terhadap kepentingan penjagaan kebersihan tandas awam masih lagi di takuk lama.
"Memang memalukan sekiranya tandas awam yang berbau dan kotor terus dianggap sebagai perkara biasa. Bukan sahaja keadaan tandas yang kotor, malah tidak dapat berfungsi dengan baik kerana pelbagai kerosakan akibat perbuatan vandalisme!"
Shahid menulis dengan lebih bersemangat. Menjadikan grup Whatsapp alumni itu lebih meriah, walau semua tahu, tidak banyak yang boleh dilakukan kalau sekadar bersembang atas talian. Omongan wira papan kekunci. Kata-kata yang tidak bermakna apa-apa.
Shahid telah lama memulakan kempen kebersihan tandas dirumahnya sendiri. Anak-anaknya mesti mencuci tandas setiap minggu. Walau anak-anaknya terus komplen mengenai keadaan tandas di sekolah yang tidak terjaga. Komplen mengenai kawan-kawan yang tidak peduli pun walau ditegur. Sehingga mereka ke universiti dan bekerja, masih komplen.
Lantas Shahid terus melontar satu anjakan pradigma kepada kawan-kawan di Facebook dan disemua grup Whatsapp termasuk grup kariah masjid. Bergema bagai halilintar. Masanya telah tiba untuk bangkit dan meredah ruang ignoran para warga maya dan warga luar maya.
Sambil mencangkung, Shahid menaip dengan bersemangat.
"Jom! Demi masa depan generasi millennial, Kita mulakan revolusi cangkung!"
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