Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MACC's ORP Finds Itself in a Fix

On Wednesday, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s eight-member Operations Review Panel said it had perused all pertinent documents on the RM2.6 billion donation received by PM Najib Razak and the alleged discrepancies of SRC International, a former subsidiary company of 1MDB, and that it made recommendations to the MACC on their next course of action.
First, the Commission have been told to resume their investigations into the said matters because the probes were incomplete. Second, the MACC are to seek assistance from the A-G’s Chambers to get them to issue a “Mutual Legal Assistance” document to enable the Commission to obtain evidence from overseas financial institutions.
This is in spite of A-G Apandi Ali having exonerated Najib. In fact, The Malaysian Insider went further.
Citing an insider, the news portal reported that the MACC were told to resubmit the two investigation papers on SRC International Sdn Bhd to the A-G, even saying there was credible evidence to frame charges against Najib. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the panel member explained they arrived at that conclusion because the ORP was influential as members could review investigation papers classified as "delayed" and "no further action".
This was vehemently denied by the ORP chair Hamid Bugo and another panel member Mohamed Jawhar Hassan the following day.
Note: The other panel members are Zamani Abdul Ghani, Azizah Arshad, Wan Abdul Wahab Abdullah, Normah Omar, Sundramoorthy M Pathmanathan, and Lim Chee Wee.
One can rightly assume that the anonymous source who informed The Malaysian Insider was one of the six.
On Thursday itself, TMI was blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, the country’s Internet regulators.
Screenshot of the blocked website of The Malaysian Insider
This was not the first time. Regional news site Asia Sentinel was blocked in January 2016. And in July last year, it was Sarawak Report.
Also socio-political blogs OutSyed The Box, Din Turtle and Minaq Jingo Fotopages were similarly blocked since January this year.
The government’s actions appear to be part of a concerted and intensified effort to shut down dissenting views, particularly those questioning the integrity and leadership of Prime Minister Najib Razak. This is clearly an assault on media freedom, freedom of information and Malaysia’s promise for a free Internet.
Didn’t I say that the country has gone to the dogs Oh, and these mutts are just lapdogs.
Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to win the League Cup. The game finished 1-1 following extra time – Philippe Coutinho equalizing for Liverpool in the 83rd minute after Fernandinho had put the former ahead in the forty-ninth minute.

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