My Anthem

Thursday, July 13, 2017

from fabm.wordpress.com -- Getting Closer to Seeing the End of 1MDB Big Shots!

For A Better Malaysia Sourcing Bloomberg News:___

Malaysia’s 1MDB a ‘Victim’ of Jho Low, Prosecutors Say

 
  • Low is a central figure in city-state’s investigations
  • Ex-banker Yeo Jiawei agrees to help prosecutors with the probe
Prosecutors in Singapore said that Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho is the central figure in probes linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd. and that he used money traceable to the state fund for his own benefit.
Low received “huge” sums of money, the prosecutors said in court filings made public on Wednesday. About $1 billion that 1MDB was purported to invest in a joint venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd. was diverted to a bank account beneficially owned by Low, according to the filings.
“The main victim in this case is 1MDB,” prosecutor Nathaniel Khng said in a Singapore state court. “Jho Low has gone missing from the public eye.”
Singapore’s investigations into 1MDB-related activities have so far led to five convictions and with four people sentenced to jail. The city-state is the only country so far to have criminally charged bankers.
The probes are part of a worldwide effort to track how much of the $6 billion that 1MDB raised for development projects was used to pay for luxury real estate, art, lavish parties and more. The U.S. and Switzerland are among the countries also investigating the roles played by banks and individuals. Low has been characterized by U.S. investigators as the controller of a plan to drain billions from the Malaysian fund.
A request for comment sent via the website of Low’s Jynwel Capital Ltd. wasn’t immediately answered, nor was an email sent to 1MDB, which has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Low has previously described his role with the fund as informal consulting that didn’t break any laws.
Low issued a statement in June in response to a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit that sought to recover $540 million in assets that it said were purchased with funds misappropriated from 1MDB. “We look forward to the court being presented with the actual facts which demonstrate that the DOJ’s case is completely without foundation,” he said at the time through a representative.
A probe by a Malaysian parliamentary committee identified irregularities in 1MDB’s joint venture agreement with PetroSaudi in 2009, when $700 million was transferred to an account at RBS Coutts Bank Ltd. held by a company that had nothing to do with the project.

Secret Profits

At Wednesday’s court hearing, Yeo Jiawei, a former banker serving the longest jail term in Singapore’s 1MDB investigations, admitted to charges including money laundering. Yeo played a role in the transactions involving the fund and made secret profits on the side, prosecutors said.
Yeo, who also pleaded guilty to cheating his former employer, agreed to help with Singapore’s money-laundering probes, which prosecutors described as the largest in the country’s history. He was sentenced to 54 months in jail by the state court on Wednesday. The former BSI SA wealth planner was handed a 30-month term in December on charges of trying to tamper with witnesses in the probe.
Principal District Judge Ong Hian Sun said on Wednesday that the courts must take an “uncompromising stance” to safeguard the integrity of Singapore’s financial system.
Yeo had referred to Low as “boss” and spent at least one night at his house, according to earlier court proceedings. Yeo previously said it was a misunderstanding that he worked for Low. His admission of guilt came after the Monetary Authority of Singapore wrapped up a two-year probe into flows related to the Malaysian investment fund.
Singapore has imposed a total of S$29.1 million ($21 million) in penalties on eight banks as part of its 1MDB probes. Credit Suisse Group AG and United Overseas Bank Ltd. were among the firms that paid penalties, while BSI and Falcon Private Bank Ltd. were also ordered to shut their local operations.
Yeo accumulated a net worth of S$23.9 million through “secret profits” in the 15 months after he left BSI in June 2014, prosecutors said in an earlier hearing. Yeo had said the money was earned legitimately.
Yeo’s lawyer Derek Kang said Wednesday that his client came from a humble background and had “no chance” of working again in the finance industry. Yeo will give up the profits he made from the offenses, Kang said.
Yeo had no knowledge that “the background transactions connected with 1MDB were in any way illicit” or that there was any illegal diversion of money from the Malaysian fund, Kang said in court. Yeo is remorseful and has agreed to be a witness for the prosecution if needed, Kang said.
The criminal case is Public Prosecutor v Yeo Jiawei, Singapore State Courts.

AP for not Updating Desi's Blog -- Had to go MIA like 1MDB RM... eh?!

IF ONLY I HAD 10% of what 1MDB once owned but plunderred by the Pagar2 or 3X over that were appointed to jaga the paddy/lembu/sheep. Thank you Shepherd at 1MDB, Similar thanks on behalf of Felda settlers -- hey, they don't have a Blogger's Voiz OK! -- who followed their Masters' Voix, bought FGV saraes HIGH, sold LOW -- worst yet, some still holding on an desperately hoping thngs will get BADder. Yeah, that's how Desi pronounces "better" ala the Beatles in "Hey Jude"..:(

I have been trying to write a blockbustiers The Malaysian Tale ala "An American Tail" --started a year ago, still stuck at Chapter 2, or should it read MINUS 1?!

Hence, please enjoy the NEXT theme song to rep[lace The Rose s I work on my sextChapter!:~~~~~

You wanna hear Desi sin' his unique version, come to Furong seek out De Miang Corner -- best yet, bling steadyakuORakau from Down Under. who lives dangerously, knot Desi, he's a KOW.ard:( -- YL, Desi, knottyasSssssssetc,usual


James Ingram Lyrics

Play the James Ingram Quiz
"Somewhere Out There"

Somewhere out there
Beneath the pale moonlight
Someone's thinking of me
And loving me tonight

Somewhere out there
Someone's saying a prayer
That we'll find one another
In that big somewhere out there

And even though I know how very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky

Somewhere out there
If love can see us through
Then we'll be together
Somewhere out there
Out where dreams come true



Meanwhile, go to THIS LINK below to listen to another versioon featuring the song composer BARRY Mann:---
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlz89zqlw_k

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday's Rumination: Silences Interruptus

UPknighted @830 July 13, 2016+one:

When Simon&Garfunkel's Friend "Hello Darknurse" visits at the the midnight hours, sometimes creative juices would flow up my veins into my brain cells, nourishing the often dry landscape. The nues that JK ROWLING has become the FIRST BILLIONAIRE AUTHOR is another INCENTHIEF.


So let the silences flow.
Stream won is 
The Silence of the intervals between thy heartbeats
and the long periods preceding  "that first kiss" of your latest love encounter

Stream too is when the EsteemedReaders' appettite for aMORE details are whetted. But the knotty writer keeps 'em suspended in unfulfilled anticipatience.

Silence fro the author to stimulate but not deliver, making the reader angry, sometimes to the point of bursting. Hey, silence is AU most times, just listen to the olde grandfather clock go tick-tock, tick tock. Learn the pleasure of rhthm. Also when the rain starts in a trickle, graduating quickly into  a tropical monsoon, with streaks of lightning and roaring thunder that prefaced some coming of Apocalypse if thou believeth the soothsayers. Desi's not one. To me, a storm is the meilody breaking up unexpected silences.

Sorry matey, I take leave here Cos my silence is broken
By the rinnnngiiiing of the room belle
Ah, my Satisfaction cometh first
Homo sapiens are a selfish lot, don't believe only the Rolling Sones, for Desi often gets los of Satisfuction from "angrying" my ER, especially those who appreciate My sweet words and sweAty tongue. For beginners here/hear, indulge Desi's usagae of DDC since he can't rise up to the Bard's. Not Bast... OK, there's a www of difference!

And words are all I have to dsah your heART away, plagiarising the BGies. My anthem once "When I was small..." how I wish today I could replaz the "was" wit' "IS"!

:::Please come back for More when I break the long silences in between
Panting breaths
and two bods tryimg to merge into Won
Victory is knot at hand
Not yet. Nyet, says Putding.And TrumpedOne says: Lets' united
And it almost trips Ivanka as she tiptoes into the BlackHouse
Holding untold secrets taht LeakyWeaks won't share, I'm an ahLEE


It has been a long while since Desi walketh into Thinksville maybe the petrol in my Think tank is close to empty, maybe the mind is too disturbed.So excuse Desi if his efforts appears nonSENsical! Hey, don't connplain, it's free, or flee!

Reality can be disturbing. Often you do learn that the BRASH and POWERFOOL get away with ILL LOGIC and STUPIDITY. Think Donald Trump.. I call him the aMO1. He has disciples in Russi, North Korea. Closer to home is what matters. and should CONCERN us all who love Malaysia.

So back home NegaraKu has its most stupidest MO1. Double superlatives are sometimes loud here, hear!A few bus of Desi often exchange greAtings ending wit': Has that plane fallen out of the sky?

Desi will give thee the meaning and details BUT you have to make some efforts, cme down to Furong, badder steal, bling staedyAKU&AKau along! I\m often at De Miang Conner sipping newsdogs brew, and once a while when I feel capitalist, gobble down 7 steaks of satay. "Chow"! which can mean....

From Sarawak Report: MO1 In State of Panic...

Anwar Reconciliation Has "Brought Panic" To Najib Camp

Anwar Reconciliation Has "Brought Panic" To Najib Camp

Reports were emanating from KL of panic within government circles yesterday as it became clear that cosy expectations that the opposition would remain fractured, had proved false.
“Najib was ringing everyone asking what to do”
one insider source has told Sarawak Report, following the publication of an interview by the Guardian newspaper, in which the former premiere indicated he believed that the jailing of Anwar was unjust and that he would support his release and pardon.
In a shocking or galvanising statement, despending on your political viewpoint, Dr Mahathir also said that he would support his former deputy to become Prime Minister, as soon as it became possible for him to do so following such a release.
He made plain that he did not believe that this could happen unless and until the opposition won the next election, but that such an eventuality would prompt an immediate application to the Agong for a pardon, which he personally would support.
Few had imagined that years of famous emnity between the two former political allies could ever be so reconciled and at a stroke Mahathir’s statements, made to the paper in London, have re-drawn the political landscape.  It makes possible far closer collaboration within the present opposition coalition that had up to this point found itself unable to agree on its structure and leadership.
Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzar, who confirmed that she also met with Mahathir during the London visit, went on record saying that the meeting had gone well and they had established joint commitments on future reforms. It opens the way to an agreement at the upcoming crucial meeting tomorrow, Sunday, at which it is expected agreement could finally be reached on the line up of key office holders in the coalition. Mahathir has been mooted as Chairman, which would see the giant of Malaysian politics formally returning to an active role as one of the leading figues of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
Given that both sides have now agreed to campaign for Anwar’s release and reinstatement as the opposition leader and eventual Prime Minister, Mahathir would then be a possible contender for that interim leadership role, which could have an electrifying effect on the political mood of the country.
The meeting between the nonegenarian and the daughter of the man who was first sent to jail on sodomy charges during his own premiership was said to be extremely warm in London.  Nurul Izzar is believed to be especially close to Mahathir’s wife, who also attended the private meeting and posed for pictures afterwards.

Panic Response?

The level of panic engendered in the circle around Najib appears to have been reflected in a rare personal statement made by the Prime Minister in direct response to the Guardian article, in which the Prime Minister in turn accused Dr Mahathir of panicking in response to his calling of a Royal Inquiry into the so-called Forex crisis over twenty years ago.
This is widely viewed to be an attempt to deflect attention from Najib’s own present scandals around 1MDB, FELDA and Tabung Haji and to assert an equivalence between a scandalous foreign exchange trading debacle and the straight theft by the Prime Minister of billions of dollars, much of which ended up in his own bank accounts.
Najib accuses Mahathir of panic, but has been calling widely for advice on how to handle the developing cohesion in the opposition
Najib accuses Mahathir of panic, but has been calling widely for advice on how to handle the developing cohesion in the opposition
In his statement Najib also accused Mahathir of “putting Anwar in jail”, when in fact there has been no evidence that the former premier was directly involved in Anwar’s original trial.  By contrast, Najib has been consistently and directly implicated in the latest case against Anwar, interviewing the plaintiff in his own house just two days before the allegation of sodomy was made.
The latest development in what has been widely denounced as a heavily flawed prosecution, beset by political pressure from Najib, came when Sarawak Report pubished MACC documentation which shows that the Chief prosecutor in the case (unusually brought in to push an appeal against Anwar’s original High Court acquittal) was paid RM9.5 personally by Najib shortly before the conclusion of the case.
The lawyer, Shafee Abudullah, had earlier controversially claimed that he had conducted the case for free.  The High Court has now required that Shafee and the government explain this payment by July 12th, which is Wednesday next week.
When Mahathir arrived home he was reported as having further stated that he believes the case against Anwar was fixed, a viewpoint that Najib hims appears to have clumsily confirmed in his statement by suggesting that the previous case itself was likewise fixed, even though political interference nominally does not exist in Malaysia’s supposedly independent legal system and prosecution service!
Najib’s retaliation has been accompanied by a flurry of supportive statements from key cheerleaders. Minister, Salleh Said Keruak, immediately claimed that Mahathir was implying that judges were not to be trusted, threatening the veteran politician with jail for contempt. Deputy PM Zahid Hamidi has also come out to threaten Mahathir to ‘watch his mouth’.
Najib’s own statement continued in what appeared to be an unusually hysterical tone, also threatening his revered predecessor that he may receive a jail sentence following the outcome of the Forex Inquiry, which he has only just called (thus pre-determining the outcome before it has even been convened).  He launched a personal attack on the character of the most popular political figure in the Malay community, who successfully ran the country for over 20 years:
“Mahathir’s crusade is motivated not by the national interest, but by selfish personal interest. He is obsessed by saving his family legacy and making his son Mukhriz Mahathir Prime Minister….He has no principles and will do anything – including allying with those he jailed, calling for foreign intervention in our sovereign democratic nation, sabotaging our economy, and making 100 U-turns if so required to manipulate people’s minds.” [Najib’s Statement on Friday]
Najib also accused Mahathir of having lobbied to remove the intervening prime minister Abdullah Badawi, whilst neglecting to mention that he and his wife Rosmah Mansor had been more active than anyone in the campaign to oust Badawi in-between elections, so that he himself could replace him.
“Najib more than anyone was urging the party to remove Badawi, but now he complains that any similar move to get rid of him, after all this theft, is somehow unconstitutional. What rubbish!”
one former UMNO supporter and erstwhile confidante of Najib today told Sarawak Report.
Najib, on the other hand, has made no formal response to the allegation by the US Department of Justice that his wife received a $27 million pink diamond and a long list of other gems paid for from money stolen from 1MDB, except to imply that the legal proceedings in the United States, Switzerland and Singapore are part of an unspecified ‘global plot’ against Malaysia.
Apart from yesterday’s statement Najib’s camp of supporters appear to turn to the pro-Government mainstream media to ‘manipulate people’s minds’ and create some confusion themselves.  Whilst on the one hand the attacks were continuing, The Star today has on the other hand reported that Dr Mahathir has actually withdrawn his remarks about supporting Anwar altogether. It means he has been simultaneously criticised for opposite things, presumably in the hope of convicing the population that the old fox of Malaysian politics has become senile.
Disinformation campaigns are a speciality of UMNO, as Sarawak Report has documented on many occasions, and Najib will be doubtless be setting about commissioning more of the same. The challenge for the opposition is to show their unity can hold and strengthen in the face of it.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

TIME has arrived to bring down TRUMP -- as did happen to "CROOKED" Nixon!



CONSIDER this Post as PART 3 of the series last writ:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

D UNRAVELLING of the Arrogant aMO1's Administraion of USA! PART 2

This important message is directed at ALL Americans, from a CONcerned Malaysia who salutes the greAt US System of Democracy until Trump came along....You will be doing a SERVICE to the w.w.w and to THYSELF...YL, Desi

From the independent uk news online:--

James Comey fired: Donald Trump sacks FBI Director leading investigation into his team's Russia links

Democrat Senators raise concerns over possible constitutional crisis following Mr Comey's dismissal

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FBI Director James Comey  - who was leading an investigation into alleged links between Donald Trump's team and Russia - has been fired by the US President. 
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that Mr Comey has been "terminated and removed from office." Mr Trump was said to have acted on "clear recommendations" from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in a move that has shocked Washington. 
However, Democratic Senators were quick to point out the constitutional crisis that has been created by Mr Trump removing a man in charge of investigating him. Senator Dick Durbin said on the Senate floor that the firing of Mr Comey raises questions "as to whether the Russian interference in the last presidential election... will also be investigated by the FBI."
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Mr Durbin called on the White House to clarify whether the investigation will continue, adding that any "attempt to stop or undermine the FBI probe would raise grave constitutional issues".
Mr Trump's statement indicated that a search for a new director of the FBI "will begin immediately." 
In Mr Trump's letter formally informing Mr Comey of his termination, he was appreciative of Mr Comey "informing [him] on three separate occasions" that the president was not under investigation by the agency. 
However, Mr Trump "concur[s] with the judgement of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau." 
"It is essential we find new leadership...that restores public trust and confidence," Mr Trump said. 
In addition to the Senate and FBI investigations, the House Intelligence Committee is also conducting one. Democratic Representative Eric Swallwell, the ranking member on the committee, said that Mr Comey's firing "should send a chill down the spine of every American, no matter who they voted for." 
“The administration of justice must remain free of political influence, and President Trump has just leaped over that line," Mr Swalwell said. 
Calls from several members of Congress, including Republican Senator John McCain, about having an independent, bipartisan commission to conduct the Russia investigation have been amplified in the wake of Mr Comey's dismissal.
Mr McCain expressed his "disappointment" in Mr Trump's decision, calling Mr Comey a "man of honor and integrity" in a statement. 
Several Democrats have also called the firing “Nixonian," referring to the Saturday Night Massacre – when former President Richard Nixon dismissed Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal. That night, the attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest to the firing of Mr Cox. 
"Today's action by President Trump completely obliterates any semblance of an independent investigation into Russian efforts to influence our election, and places our nation on the verge of a constitutional crisis," said Representative John Conyers, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Mr Conyers and other Democrats have echoed Mr McCain's calls for an independent commission or a special prosecutor to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election - with Chuck Shumer, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate calling for a "fearless" special prosecutor to take on the Trump-Russia probe, wondering whether the firing of Mr Comey meant the various Russia probes were "getting too close to home for the President".
News that Mr Comey made inaccurate statements to the Senate, while under oath, surfaced recently and could also point to another possible reason for his dismissal. 
Mr Comey made headlines in July 2016 with a letter to Congress detailing the end of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send classified emails while she was serving as Secretary of State. A further letter in October of that year - mere days before the presidential election -said further emails would be investigated, while accusing her top aide, Huma Abedin, of sending classified information in a similar manner. 
Mr Comey said in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that Ms Abedin “forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails” that contained classified information to the laptop of husband and erstwhile Congressman Anthony Weiner.
On Tuesday, the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that only “a small number” of the thousands of emails found on the laptop had been forwarded there while most had simply been backed up from electronic devices. Most of the email chains on the laptop containing classified information were not the result of forwarding, the FBI said. 
Robert Cattanach, a partner specialising in cybersecurity at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney and a former trial lawyer at the DOJ, told The Independent that perjury is “tough to prove." 
“It requires a knowing misstatement of fact,” he said. 
Mr Cattanach said any letter sent by the FBI to correct the record would have needed to explain “why [Mr Comey] said what he said,” because if it was just an honest mistake Mr Comey did not actual commit perjury in the legal sense. 
There is no apparent language in the FBI letter indicating why Mr Comey made the error in his testimony on Ms Abedin's email. 
In his memo to the Attorney General about the dismissal, Mr Rosenstein called the way Mr Comey handled the entire Clinton email investigation "wrong." 
He wrote that Mr Comey undermined the agency and entire DOJ when he said he had to make a decision whether to "speak" about the Clinton email investigation or "conceal" it. 
"When federal agents and prosecutors quietly open a criminal investigation, we are not concealing anything," Mr Rosenstein wrote. It has been a longstanding policy of the DOJ not to publicly comment on investigations with "non-public" information. 
Mr Cattanach said that "if Comey had not promised Congress that he would ‘get back to them if anything changed’ he would almost certainly have been safe in relying on standard FBI policy." Instead Mr Comey put himself in a "lose-lose" situation, following the letter sent in July and that led to the second letter in October that said a number of further emails from Ms Clinton would be investigated. 
In his testimony on 3 May, Mr Comey said knowing he had an impact on the US election because he spoke about the Clinton investigation and not the one regarding Russian ties to the Trump team, made him "nauseous."