Only supporting documents from AG’s report will be classified under OSA, minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KLUANG, March 5 — Only support documents from the Auditor-General (AG) that accompany the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on the administration of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).

The PAC’s summarised report can be tabled in Parliament said Deputy Home Minister I Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“The report classified under the OSA is the AG’s report. It must be made clear to avoid any misunderstanding,” he said attending an Excellent Service Awards presentation for the Prison Department’s Intan Kampus Wilayah Selatan (IKHWAS), here today.

What is important is that the PAC report need the consensus of all panel members to ensure the report from the committee has credibility, said Nur Jazlan. Read more

Final 1MDB audit report under OSA to prevent info leak, PAC chief says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) disclosed today the government’s move to classify the final federal audit report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) was done to prevent information from being leaked.

PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin added that the Federal Audit Department sought to classify the final report after its previous preliminary report was leaked to the media after it was tabled before the panel last year.

“The PAC concedes and understands the need by the Federal Audit Department to classify its audit report on 1MDB as an official secret under the OSA 1972 and the Auditor General has the power to do so.

“The decision was made after knowing that information from the preliminary report on 1MDB that was tabled before the PAC July last year had been leaked selectively by irresponsible parties to create negative publicity which ultimately affected the credibility of the Federal Audit Department and this panel itself,” Hasan said in a statement. Read more

Najib tidak serius perangi rasuah, kata Transparency International

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Akbar Satar berkata sepanjang tempoh 6 tahun menjadi perdana menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak memenuhi janji untuk memerangi rasuah. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 27 Januari, 2016.

Pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak serius dalam memerangi rasuah walaupun sering berjanji berbuat demikian, kata Transparency International (TI).

Presiden TI Malaysia Datuk Akbar Satar berkata, Najib tidak mengotakan janji tentang usaha memerangi rasuah apatah lagi janji-janji lainnya sepanjang tempoh 6 tahun menjadi perdana menteri.

Ini katanya, termasuk cadangan mewujudkan undang-undang untuk membuat syarikat bertanggungjawab ke atas pekerja yang korup dan pengisytiharan aset ahli-ahli politik kepada awam.

Pentadbiran Najib juga berkali-kali mengabaikan permintaan daripada kumpulan-kumpulan anti rasuah untuk menjadikan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) lebih bebas. Read more

Ministries show decline in financial performance last year, says audit

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Auditor-General's Report 2014 - pic taken from The Star Online

Auditor-General’s Report 2014 – pic taken from The Star Online

The Third Series of the 2014 Auditor-General’s Report released today said there was an overall decline in the financial performance of ministries last year compared to previous years, with fewer ministries getting the excellent rating.

However, the report also said that federal departments showed an improvement in financial management.

More than half of 51 departments were rated excellent in 2014 compared to previous years.

“In 2014, only 20 ministries were rated as excellent as compared to 23 ministries in 2013 and 22 ministries in 2012,” said the final installment of the report. Read more

Malaysia gets ‘D’ in global watchdog’s survey on defence corruption

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File photo of TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar. TI-M today called for the establishment of a parliamentary committee to oversee the defence and security sector in order to curb the risk of political corruption. — Picture by Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Malaysia scored a “D” in a Transparency International survey this year that indicated a high risk of corruption in the defence sector, worse than Singapore’s “B” grade.

The Malaysian chapter of the global anti-graft body, Transparency-International Malaysia (TI-M), expressed concern with Malaysia’s score in the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI 2015), despite the country doing slightly better than the previous GI 2013 survey in which Malaysia scored a “D-”.

“With formal regulations governing the actions of military personnel and independent investigative organisations like the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Malaysia is in a good place to build its anti-corruption framework,” TI-M president Datuk Akhbar Satar said in a statement today.

“But significant vulnerabilities to corruption persist as a result of a weak legislative scrutiny, opaque budgets, weak whistleblower protections, and insufficient anti-corruption training in institutions,” he added.

According to the GI survey, Malaysia scored an “E”, which means a “very high” risk of defence corruption, in the operations risk category.

Malaysia’s best-performing category was personnel risk, in which the country scored a “C”.

Malaysia was graded “D” in the other categories measured—political risk, financial risk and procurement risk. Read more

Bersih 2.0 mahu jumpa Pandikar bincang undi tidak percaya

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah berkata, pihaknya berhasrat bertemu speaker Dewan Rakyat bagi berbincang mengenai usul undi tidak percaya terhadap Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 2 November, 2015.

Kumpulan pembaharuan pilihan raya (Bersih 2.0) berhasrat menemui Speaker Dewan Rakyat Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia bagi menggesa beliau membenarkan usul undi tidak percaya ke atas perdana menteri dibahas dan pengundian dijalankan.

Bersih hari ini menghantar surat kepada speaker di Parlimen dan memohon satu perjumpaan dengan beliau, susulan kenyataan Pandikar yang mengatakan usul tersebut hanya akan dibincang pada sidang Dewan tahun depan.

“Kami berada di sini untuk menghantar surat kepada Pandikar untuk bertemu beliau dan berbincang mengenai undi tidak percaya ke atas Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Kami mahu pujuk beliau supaya usul ini diluluskan dan untuk ahli Parlimen mengundinya,” kata Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah di lobi Parlimen selepas mereka menghantar poskad dan surat atas talian kepada wakil rakyat pembangkang pagi ini. Read more

Bank Negara revokes 1MDB foreign transfers, orders RM7.5 billion sent home

Source: The Malaysian Insider

1MDB has been ordered by Bank Negara to repatriate its overseas investments totalling US$1.83 billion. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 9, 2015.

Bank Negara Malaysia today said that its investigations showed troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had secured permissions for investments abroad based on inaccurate or incomplete disclosure of information.

In a statement, the central bank said it had revoked three permissions granted to 1MDB for investments abroad totalling US$1.83 billion (RM7.53 billion) and directed the company to repatriate the funds to Malaysia.

Bank Negara had recommended to the attorney-general (A-G) to initiate criminal prosecution against 1MDB for breaches under the Exchange Control Act 1953 (ECA) and added that the decision lay solely with the A-G.

“On its part, the bank concluded that permissions required under the ECA for 1MDB’s investments abroad were obtained based on inaccurate or without complete disclosure of material information relevant to the bank’s assessment of 1MDB’s applications,” the statement said.

Bank Negara also requested 1MDB to submit a plan detailing the repatriation of funds.

The statement comes a day after the A-G said it had reviewed the report of a central bank investigation into 1MDB and decided that fund officials had not committed any offence. Read more

Ambiga anggap derma RM2.6 bilion pengakuan campur tangan kerajaan asing

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Presiden Persatuan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan bercakap pada forum 1MDB: Will Najib or Malaysia Survive di Petaling Jaya, malam tadi. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Ahmad Muslim, 30 September, 2015.

Aktivis hak asasi manusia Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan menganggap kenyataan kerajaan berkenaan wang RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun peribadi perdana menteri sebagai satu pembohongan yang menjerumuskan kerajaan ke dalam masalah lebih besar.

Penafian kerajaan yang ia bukan satu rasuah sebaliknya merupakan derma dari Timur Tengah ibarat satu pengakuan ia satu campur tangan dalam sistem pilihan raya Malaysia, kata presiden Persatuan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) itu.

“Adakah mereka tahu apa yang mereka lakukan?

“Mereka sebenarnya menyatakan yang mereka membenarkan kerajaan asing dalam pilihan raya kita.

“Bukankah ini tidak masuk akal? Mereka tidak sedar pembohongan itu tidak mengeluarkan mereka daripada masalah tetapi ia menjerumuskan mereka ke dalam lebih banyak masalah,” katanya pada forum 1MDB: Will Najib or Malaysia Survive di Petaling Jaya, malam tadi. Read more

MACC RM2.6 billion probe states the obvious, yet says nothing – Jahabar Saqid

Source: The Malaysian Insider

COMMENTARY BY JAHABAR SADIQ

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

The Malaysian Insider filepic, August 4, 2015.

Malaysians wound down their first working Monday of August only to be wound up by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) confirming that RM2.6 billion or nearly US$700 million had indeed been found in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts in 2013.

But the vast sum of money was from donors, which it did not identify, and not the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Here’s the thing. The original Wall Street Journal (WSJ) expose on July 2 never said that amount of money ever came from 1MDB. Read more

Crossroads of integrity — Transparency International – Malaysia

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AKHBAR SATAR

JULY 30 — Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M) is deeply concerned that the entire 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) episode so far sadly displays a complete lack of governance, integrity and submission to the rule of law. 29 July 2015, will go down as one of the most interesting and eventful days in the leaf of Malaysian history.

The services of the Attorney-General (AG) and a few Cabinet members were terminated. Even the AG was not aware of the decision and the reason given for the termination was due to ‘health reasons’. The services of the Special Branch Chief at Bukit Aman were also not extended. Ironically, a fire broke out destroying ‘old and unimportant documents’ at the corridor of Level 10 of Menara Dua in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur.

The big shocking news was the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister. This is due to him allegedly breaching the principle of collective responsibility of the Cabinet. His successor accused him of attempting to engineer a rift within the party and wanted the then DPM to have stood by the leadership.

Equally, surprising are the developments regarding the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which was in the middle of probing into scandal-ridden 1MDB and which suddenly have four of its thirteen members were appointed into the new Cabinet. Not one but four! Read more