Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Story on the 1MDB Audit Report

Najib Razak (left) is in hot soup again!

Utusan Malaysia first reported on Friday citing an unnamed source that the original audit report on 1MDB that was to state in no uncertain terms that Najib had knowledge of the mismanagement in 1MDB had been significantly altered – on the orders of Najib himself.

A day later, Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad (right) revealed that, indeed, this report had some paragraphs expunged. The two important omissions were the 2014 financial statement and the specific mention of Jho Low’s presence at a meeting of the 1MDB board of directors. 

She said the directive to tinker the said report and make amendments and deletions to conceal the above-mentioned facts came from Shukry Salleh, the former principal private secretary of former prime minister Najib on February 26, 2016 – on the grounds that this was a sensitive issue as well as the need to prevent it from being exploited by the then political opposition. 

This disclosure contradicted her predecessor Ambrin Buang (left), who on October 30, 2018, had stoutly insisted that nobody had tampered with his final report, as he had full authority over it. And former Public Accounts Committee chairperson Hasan Arifin supported Ambrin's stand on the matter. 

Put simply, the final audit report that was presented differs from the original audit report that was prepared.

The MACC and police have now started investigations. 

If Madinah was telling the truth, it would mean that Najib had knowingly abused his position to erase the inconvenient truths from the 1MDB audit report. 

Alas, his laundry list of wrongdoings just got longer. 

On Monday, I attended the SJMC Toastmasters meeting in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Only because I had a speaking slot, thanks to Wong Keng Lan and Ler Kiat See. 

And so, I delivered a CC#5 Your Body Speaks speech titled Silence is Golden. I was also the General Evaluator.

There were two speakers  both presented assignments on 'body language'  one was theatrical and the other a lot more restrained. 

Hmmm, I'm actually relieved to know I was controlled. After all, public speaking is not acting.

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