Australian PM’s son says he was sidelined for blowing whistle on 1MDB scandal

Source: The Edge Markets

Alex Turnbull, son of the Australian Prime Minister, has claimed he was sidelined at Goldman Sachs after he had blown the whistle on billions of dollars of questionable deals involving 1MDB.

The Australian reported that while Alex was working with Goldman Sachs in Singapore in 2012-13, the bank had raised US$6 billion in bonds for 1MDB. Read more

New CID director ‘naive’ about Australian law, says Zahid

Source: Free Malaysia Today

The deputy prime minister says he accepts Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd’s explanation about his funds in Australia.

zahid-1PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says Bukit Aman CID director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd may have been “naive” about Australian laws concerning remittances to fund his children’s education.

“This issue of remittance surfaced back in 2016. Wan Ahmad has already given me his explanation on the matter, and I am confident of his honesty.

“However, he might have been naive about laws surrounding the remittance, because although the money was acquired from the sale of a house, it exceeded A$10,000, which is the limit set by the Australian government,” Berita Harian quoted Zahid as saying. Read more

Human rights don’t matter in our public debate, but they should — Simon Rice

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY SIMON RICE

JUNE 24 — Human rights is largely absent from public policy debate in Australia. Quite simply, human rights don’t matter when public leaders and commentators assess the merits of policy and laws. That is both remarkable and entirely understandable.

It is remarkable for two reasons. One is that human rights do matter in public debate in nearly every other country. The US is an exception – its “rights” discussion refers almost exclusively to its own arcane, idiosyncratic and irrelevant-to-Australia “Bill of Rights”. Elsewhere, public debate is informed by international human rights guarantees, translated into local law.

That leads to another reason why the absence of human rights in public debate in Australia is remarkable. Australia has signed up to those same human rights guarantees and it reports regularly to the United Nations on its compliance with its international obligations. So, Australia declares to the world its support for human rights, but it scarcely refers to the idea in its own affairs. Read more