Source: LSS Report
Today’s Malaysian headline was dominated by an article by The New York Times that PM Najib is apparently under investigations by a federal grand jury for allegations of corruption.
The New York Times was also the same newspaper that published Tun Mahathir’s interview back in June 2015 which slammed PM Najib, UMNO and the Malaysian Govt and was published on the same day that Foreign Minister Anifah Aman was supposed to attend and address the United Nations Security Council meeting. This lead to Anifah Aman writing an open letter to the New York Times and slamming Tun Mahathir for his indiscretion saying it is regrettable to sere Tun M undermining Malaysia in the foreign press.
Amazingly, today the UN Security Council is again in session – the first time since June. In fact, PM Najib is on the way to New York now for the UN’s General Assembly and their 70th anniversary celebrations.
The timing.of the publication of this article is very suspicious and seems designed to embarrass PM Najib and Malaysia at the UN.
Why I came to this conclusion is based on the following points from today’s New York Times article:
1. The persons investigated are Najib’s step-son (Rosmah’s natural son from her previous marriage) Riza Aziz and also his buddy Jho Low.
New York Times are saying that Najib is also investigated because presumably Reza is related by marriage to Najib while Jho Low is presumably also Najib’s friend.
It is important to note that Najib is not personally being investigated himself for corruption as he has no known properties in the USA.
At this point, it is important to note that Jho Low has been listed companies in Malaysia since the year 2007 and 2008 – before Najib became Prime Minister and 1MDB was not even in existence. He was already wealthy then and also had access to serious Middle-Eastern money via his friendship and partnerships with the various royal families even then.
On the other hand, Riza has been producing movies since 2010,
And before this, Riza holds a BS degree in Government & Economics and an MS in Politics from the London School of Economics. He is also a registered authorized person with the UK Financial Services Authority and worked as an investment banker for many years in London.
As a producer, Riza is also in charge of getting investors for their movie projects. It does not mean he himself funded the entire project – that is not what a producer does. Riza had said that there are quite a list of investors who funded his film projects.
But Riza has indeed been successful in producing the Wolf of Wall Street, which grossed more than USD400 million in worldwide ticket and DVD sales – one of the top 200 most commercially successful films of all time and beat out films such as Superman Returns, Ice Age, Mad Max Fury Road, Batman Begins and many others.
Riza’s next firm Dumb and Dumber II was also commercially successful and grossed USD170m in ticket sales.
It is clear that Riza has the means and the smarts to make money too and we should not begrudge him this as he is playing in the biggest game of all – Hollywood.
2. The property purchases in questions date back to Oct 2012. But somehow, the New York Times links this to the USD681m (the famous RM2.6b) deposited by a Middle-East campaign contributor to Najib’s accounts – which was only deposited in March 2013 – a month before GE13.
Therefore, it is weird for New York Times to link this later deposit with the earlier purchase of apartments much earlier – unless you can hutang first (buku 555 style) when buying properties in the USA.
3. This property purchase was then exposed by the New York Times on February 8 this year around the time that Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to jail for sodomy. Amazingly, New York Times also took the trouble to translate their article on their website to Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia – presumably because there must be a large population of Malays staying in New York.
This is very strange because not a single other article in the New York Times have a Bahasa Malaysia version.
The investigations in the USA appears to have been started by Sarawak Report making a complaint in the USA in March 2015 where Sarawak Report seems to be accusing the USA authorities of not taking things seriously and letting these “criminals” like Jho Low and Najib run free and not taking any action. Continue reading