Friday, June 9, 2017

An Invite to Clare Rewcastle-Brown

According to Malaysiakini, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had invited Sarawak Report’s London-based editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia to assist police in investigating her claim that Prime Minister Najib Razak had paid lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 million.
 

In an email response, Rewcastle-Brown told the news portal: “These documents must surely have crossed his desk and he must still have copies despite the decision… to close the investigations”.
 
She correctly reasoned that Khalid must have the same documents which Sarawak Report quoted from as he was a member of the high-level special task force which investigated the 1MDB case.
 
In fact, he is the only remaining member of the special task force who is still in office. The others had been replaced, resigned or retired.
 
In July 2015, attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail was replaced, following which the task force’s investigations into 1MDB came to an end.
 
Last year, then Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head Abu Kassim Mohamed stepped down as the commission’s chief. He continues to serve as an anti-corruption service officer until his mandatory retirement on Dec 6, 2020. He is currently attached to the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria that comes under the auspices of the United Nations.
 
Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz retired after her tenure ended last year.
 
It was an innocent request. But I see entrapment.
 
Anyway, Rewcastle-Brown is no fool.
 
She gave notice that she was not able to comply with Khalid’s request to assist with police enquiries because there are outstanding arrest warrants for her over “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy” and “spreading false news” in Malaysia.
 
She did say that Khalid was welcomed to send his officers to the UK where she would be happy to meet them and assist Malaysian police. LOL!
 
On Thursday, I was at the IJM Toastmasters meeting in Jalan Yong Shook Lin in PJ – where I presented my CC#7 speech titled “Fear is a State of Mind”.
 
I actually enjoyed the other speech CC#8 titled “India’s Heritage” – which was about sarees! That traditional garment was of course, one of 3 visual aids the IJM Toastmaster used for her speech.
 


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