Marked “For Internal Use Only” an Appendix to a Term Sheet due to be approved by the Malaysian Cabinet tomorrow (27th July) lays out in detailed figures how Najib plans for over US$7 billion in accumulated 1MDB/Jho Low company debts to be wiped out by taxpayers in a secret deal between his Ministry of Finance and the Chinese state company CCCC (China Communications Construction Company).
The scandal surrounding Malaysia’s state development fund 1MDB has gripped the country for years. Now the US has said it is moving to seize more than $1bn (£761m) in assets, ranging from plush properties to a private jet, from people connected to the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. The asset seizure by the US would be the largest ever by the Justice Department’s anti-corruption unit. This is how the story has played out so far.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday judgment should be withheld until all the facts are known after the U.S. government filed lawsuits seeking to seize $1 billion in assets bought with money stolen from a state fund he oversaw. The U.S. Justice Department lawsuits filed in a federal court on Wednesday did not name Najib, instead referring to “Malaysian Official 1.” Some of the allegations against this official were the same as those in a Malaysian investigation into a $681 million transfer to the premier’s personal bank account.
Malaysia’s sovereign fund scandal has exposed shortcomings in Goldman Sachs’ post-crisis overhaul of its business practices. Five years ago, the Wall Street firm led by Lloyd Blankfein went to great lengths to assure regulators, investors and clients that it was tightening up standards. But its dealings with the now disgraced 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) cast doubt on the depth of Goldman’s changes.
Sarawak Report is an investigative journalism online news resource that offers “an alternative vision of justice, transparency and a fairer future in Sarawak.” It is based in London. Sarawak Report’s website was blocked by Malaysia’s internet regulatory body, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in the summer of 2015, approximately two weeks after the website started to reported on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. Sarawak Report continued to reach the Malaysian public through Medium.com, but that was also blocked in January 2016
FAQ About 1MDB
Q1. Is 1MDB a sovereign wealth fund?
No. 1MDB is a strategic development company, wholly owned by the Government. However, unlike sovereign wealth funds, which are funded by and act as investment holding arms of the Government, we raise and invest our own capital.
1MDB’s mission is to drive the sustainable long-term economic development and growth of Malaysia by forging strategic global partnerships and attracting foreign direct investment into the country. 1MDB also participates in strategic sectors that ultimately help drive the country’s socio-economic growth.
Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib today says that MACC has cleared him on corruption charges over a $700 USD million or RM 2.6 billion that was transfered to his personal account over an UMNO division meeting at Bandar Tun Razak Today.
PUTRAJAYA – Certain individual or group in some places in Malaysia has created the negative perception on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and this had become the reason behind the public suspicions about the state investment arm said by Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The perception spread via the social media has made Datuk Seri Najib felt upset on the news.
PETALING JAYA: The 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) has issued a statement denied falsifying financial statements that was submitted to banks. In the statement 1MDB also regretted the allegations by Opposition Lawmaker Tony Pua quoting that the action could cause a default. 1MDB has questioned on how Pua could allege the audited account was tampered since it’s company internal dealing. 1MDB also noted that the confidentiality of financial agreements cited by Tony Pua were protected by law.