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25 June 2012

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From Asia Sentinel

Leaked prosecution documents show a pattern of official misdeeds in two countries

A two-decade campaign by the French state-owned defense giant DCN and its subsidiaries to sell submarines to the Malaysian ministry of defense has resulted in a long tangle of blackmail, bribery, influence peddling, misuse of corporate assets and concealment, among other allegations, according to documents made available to Asia Sentinel.

Some of the misdeeds appear to have taken place with the knowledge of top French government officials including then-foreign Minister Alain Juppe and with the consent of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, according to the documents, comprising 133 separate files and hundreds of pages. They were presented to the French Prosecuting Magistrate at the Court de Grand Instance de Paris in May and June of 2011. French lawyers have begun preparing subpoenas for leading Malaysian politicians including Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, the current Defense Minister, Ahmad Zaki Hamad and several other figures.

The documents were sent anonymously to Asia Sentinel via a circuitous route that took them to Brussels, Belgium; Lagos, Nigeria; Brazzaville,Congo; Libreville, Gabon; then to Leipzig, Germany and finally to Hong Kong. The documents, written in French, can be found in a collection in Asia Sentinel’s Scribd account.

The documents were compiled as a result of a raid on April 7, 2010, when scores of investigators from the anti-organized and financial crime unit of the French Directorate of Judicial Police swooped down on DCN’s offices at 19 rue du Colonel Pierre Avia in Paris’s 15th Arondissement, and four other locations, demanding that stunned officials give them access to safes, files and computers. They collected thousands of documents that form the bulk of the files delivered to Asia Sentinel.

Together, they present a damning indictment of Malaysian officials whose goal was to steer a €114.96 million (US$114.3 million at current exchange rates) payment through a private company called Perimekar Sdn Bhd, wholly owned by Abdul Razak Baginda. Razak Baginda was then the head of a Malaysian think tank called Malaysian Strategic Research, which was connected with the United Malays National Organization, the country’s biggest political party.

The payment appears to have been in violation of the OECD Convention on Bribery, which France ratified on June 30, 2000. On Sep. 29, 2000, according to document D00015, DCNI, a DCN subsidiary, “took corrective actions” after France joined the bribery convention. Contracts concluded after that date were to be routed to Eurolux and Gifen, companies held by Jean-Marie Boivin, DCN’s former finance chief, and headquartered in Luxembourg and Malta respectively Boivin is being investigated for having played a central role in the “corrective actions,” with what were described as “outlandish commissions” traveling through the welter of companies that he established in tax havens around the world. Among the documents is one that shows Boivin paid to send Razak Baginda on a jaunt to Macau with his then-girlfriend, Altantuya Shaariibuu, a Mongolian national who was later murdered by two of Najib’s bodyguards.

“A separate agreement sets other compensation consisting of a fixed amount independent of the actual price of the main contract,” one document reads in reference to the payment to Perimekar. “This has been made to be consistent with [DCN’s] internal rules and [its subsidiary] Thales and those of the OECD. The beneficiaries of these funds are not difficult to imagine: the clan and family relations of Mr. Razak Baginda. In addition, these funds will find their way to the dominant political party.” Malaysia’s dominant political party was and is UMNO.

Malaysian Defense Spree

The story in essence began when Najib Tun Razak was appointed defense minister in Mahathir’s cabinet in 1991 and embarked on a massive buildup of the country’s military, arranging for the purchase of tanks, Sukhoi jets, coastal patrol boats – and submarines. That kicked off a stiff competition between French, German, Swedish, Russian and Dutch manufacturers, who in turn went looking for the most effective cronies of the Malaysian leadership to help them out. By 1995, according to document DC00078, DCN’s subsidiary Thales was losing out to the German manufacturer Kockums AB, which was represented by Amin Shah, dubbed “Malaysia’s Onassis” because of his business and shipping interests, who was close to then-finance minister Daim Zainuddin and was suspected of being a front man for Daim’s interests.

French authorities seemed to counter by paying a “consultancy fee” according to a handwritten document called a “Consultancy Agreement” signed in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 1, 1996 between DCN International representative Emmanel Aris and a Malaysian Army major named Abdul Rahim Saad. The purpose was “to reintroduce DCNI in the short list of tenders after it was rejected by the Government of Malaysia” on Dec. 14, 1995, according to the French documents.

The remuneration was to be paid in two lots, US$20,000 before Jan. 31, 1996, and US$80,000 after acceptance. Apparently it was successful. Rahim is now managing director of a company called ARS Sehajatera Sdn Bhd., which supplies logistical equipment to the Malaysian armed forces.

However, there are questions whether Rahim was ever paid. A memo found in the DCN files said he “expresses discontent and proclaims his support for the Agosta [the Spanish manufacturer of the Scorpenes for DCN] submarines since 1996 but he ‘has not had any news from DCNI to date.’ He says he organized shady activities to promote the French bid…He complains of not having been paid for his services.”

Eventually, according to the documents, Amin Shah began to lose his influence with the government after Daim Zainuddin left his position as finance minister. DCN and its subsidiaries began casting around for other sources of influence within the Malaysian government.

An attempt to woo Tan Sri Razali Ismail, one of Malaysia’s most distinguished diplomats, failed. “It was ultimately unsuccessful and Mr. Abdul Razak Baginda was chosen in his place,” the documents note. “The role of the latter was to facilitate the submission procedure to the Malaysian government and the responsible ministers, in particular the Minister of Defense, with whom he claimed to have a close relationship.”

According to Document D000112, “…Razak Baginda has maintained excellent relationships with the Defense Minister and Prime Minister. Moreover, his wife, Mazlinda Makhzan, is a close friend of the Defense Minister’s wife. Thus, Baginda has become the center of the network. Both companies are at the center of this network: Terasasi, related to Baginda, and Perimekar, which was initially controlled by Mohamad Ibrahim Mohamad Nor,” who was also close to Daim Zainuddin. However, with Daim stepping down as finance minister after a spat with Mahathir, Razak Baginda took over sole proprietorship of that company through his wife.

“The major defense contracts in Malaysia as in other countries require substantial money transfers to individuals and/or [political] organizations,” the document noted. “In Malaysia, other than individuals, the ruling party [UMNO] is the largest beneficiary [rather than Perimekar, the company to which the commission was directed]. Consultants [agents or companies] are often used as a political network to facilitate such transfers and receive commissions for their principals.”

The Heart of the Deal

Over the next few years, the documents show, as the contract came closer to fruition Razak Baginda and Najib maneuvered in France to get the best possible deal for themselves and UMNO, establishing a tangle of companies through which funds would ultimately pass.

Their activities included the founding of several companies including Perimekar in 2000 as a vehicle to funnel the €114.9 million commission to Razak Baginda and others, with Razak Baginda’s wife the principal shareholder. The plan appears to have had the approval of Mahathir. A diplomatic cable to Foreign Minister Juppe said, “The company chosen by the government for the submarine project is…Perimekar. This choice is the subject of an official notification from the Malaysian Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Defence… Note that this decision of the Ministry of Finance was taken while the Prime Minister himself held the post of Minister of Finance, after the departure of Tun Daim.”

The French company appears to have had no illusions as to Perimekar’s function. Documents note that “Perimekar was a limited liability company with a capital of MR5 million (€1.4 million) of which 1 million is available. It was created in August 1999 … it has no record of sales during 2000. Its ownership is in the process of restructuring.”

As Asia Sentinel has previously reported, document D00087 shows that Najib demanded a US$1 billion “condition” for Perimekar Sdn Bhd’s “stay in France.” The notes, however, don’t make it clear exactly what that means. The information is contained in a note faxed from Francois Dupont, the Asian representative of Thales International Asia, to his bosses but the notation in the documents presented to the court doesn’t elaborate. Dupont indicated that a meeting with Najib on July 14, 2001 would take place with the above mentioned “condition” but it was not known if the meeting transpired.

Along the way, Jasbir Singh Chahl, one of Razak Baginda’s associates at Perimekar, decided he hadn’t been paid enough. In several memos to DCN, Jasbir Chahl demanded a full fourth of Perimekar’s total €114.96 million. Despite several demands, there is no indication that Chahl has ever been paid. He has been subpoenaed as a witness in the case, but after first indicating to French lawyers that he would cooperate, he has since said he knows nothing of the affair. He is said to be extremely ill and suffering from some form of cancer.

Other documents made public by Asia Sentinel earlier show that at least €36 million flowed from the DCNS subsidiary to Terasasi Hong Kong Ltd., whose principal officers are listed as Razak Baginda and his father. Najib was defense minister from 1991 through the time when the submarines were delivered in 2002. Terasasi only exists as a name on the wall of a Wanchai district accounting firm in Hong Kong.

25 June 2012

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Photo Ihsan Yus Suara Keadilan

Photo-photo menarik sepanjang sesi #meetanwar edisi ke 6 di Ipoh Perak pada 23 Jun 2012. Program ini dianjurkan oleh Anwar Ibrahim Club (AIC) dan ia menjadi program utama kelab tersebut. Konsep Program berbentuk diskusi ini bertujuan membuka ruang pada anak muda untuk bertemu dan berinteraksi secara terus dengan tokoh itu. Sila Klik ke web kelab http://aicmalaysia.blogspot.com/ untuk mengetahui maklumat lebih lanjut tentang Anwar Ibrahim Club.

 

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24 June 2012

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Pelancaran & Wacana buku Islam & Melayu: Martabat Umat & Daulat Rakyat Dato Dr Siddiq Fadhil.

Isnin 25 Jun jam 8 pm di Hotel De Palma Ampang.

Pidato khas Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Panelis Dato Kamarudin Jaffar ,
Prof Dr Mohd Nor Nawawi.
Moderator Hj Ahmad Azam Abdul Rahman.
Deklamasi sajak Rozan Azen Mat Rasip dan wakil Pkpim. Isnin 25 Jun jam 8 pm di Hotel De Palma Ampang.

24 June 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle

Hit by a slew of scandals, the largest and potentially most damaging being his own Scorpenes illicit kickbacks debacle, Prime Minister Najib Razak has been finally forced to admit that the 13th general election might be held in 2013, bolstering widespread public suspicion and opposition claims that he and his BN coalition were on shaky ground.

Reports that came out late last week had said a former ally of his close aide Razak Baginda had agreed to testify in the Scorpenes trial. The reports turned the Umno universe topsy-turvy, with its media and bloggers given strict instructions not to allow the news to percolate to the public.

Then a day ago, Najib’s minister Nazri Aziz admitted to Parliament that the BN federal government was contemplating completing its 5-year mandate, which expires in March next year. “Five years means five years so people understand that the representatives they voted for will serve five years,” said Nazri.

Explosive details

This is the first strong hint from the Najib administration that it will scupper snap polls which it previously indicated would be held in March/April of this year and then shifted down to June/July. But all windows of opportunity began closing as Najib tripped on landmine after landmine due to the barely-hidden mountain of corruption scandals within his Umno-BN coalition.

The most recent election indications leaked out by his camp were for September polls and then November after an outcry from worried Muslims that Najib might even hold the national ballot during the October Haj or pilgrimage season.

“We weren’t expecting Najib to delay further than June/July. This is quite shocking because it shows that he is politically much weaker than expected. There is scandal and corruption everywhere in BN. The most serious is of course the Scorpenes case. This is being tried in the French court and is a time bomb with explosive details to be revealed very soon. The trial is an official finding, not like the RM3billion master account allegations Umno is now throwing at Anwar to deflect attention,” PKR vice president and Batu MP Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

“You can tell the difference, Anwar welcomes an RCI into the accusation he has RM3 billion salted away in 20 master accounts. Will Najib dare to establish an RCI to probe Anwar or will he fear that the true dark hands involved would be exposed as these could include himself and of course Mahathir Mohamad. Also, if Anwar can wlecome an RCI, why doesn’t Najib dare to call for a Scorpenes RCI?”

No matter which date, he will lose

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli echoed these views at a ceramah – or political talk – in Kuala Lumpur later on Thursday night. According to Rafizi, there was no point for Najib to delay as the consequences were too grave.

“There are interesting developments in France which Najib won’t be able to handle if it blows up,” Rafizi told a crowd of about 2,000.

“That is why he is delaying polls. No matter what date he calls for he will lose.”

Indeed, the allegations against Najib are very serious, touching on treason. French cops have uncovered documents that indicate that both he and his close aide Razak Baginda had sold naval secrets to submarines vendor DCNS.

Najib ordered the submarines for the Malaysian government in 2002 when he was the Defense minister. Baginda brokered the deal, with submarines vendor DCNS allegedly paying a ‘bribe’ of at least 114 million euros or RM570 million to Malaysian officials, including Najib, for sealing the acquisition.

Even at that time, there was public outcry as the RM7.3 billion submarines were deemed too expensive and unsuitable for Malaysia’s shallow coastal waters. But Umno, which is also accused of taking a share in the illicit kickbacks, hammered the deal through.

Traitor

SUARAM, the Malaysian NGO filing the civil complaint against DCNS on behalf of the Malaysian people, finally made headway when the French authorities ruled that there was sufficient evidence to take the case into open trial. SUARAM filed the complaint in 2010 after years of trying to get the Malaysian authorities to probe the deal but without success.

Last week, SUARAM announced that the French court would summon Jasbir Singh Chahl to testify. He has denied this but SUARAM is sticking with its claim. However, the NGO acknowledges that Jasbir may not have received the summons yet, which could be on the way still.

“It is not just Jasbir, there are a host of other evidence. I spoke to SUARAM lawyers when they were in Bangkok earlier this month. They are very confident there is more than enough evidence to show illicit commission were paid out,” said Tian.

If DCNS is found guilty, it may have to compensate Malaysian taxpayers for the inflated pricing caused by the bribes. It would also finally expose Najib if he was indeed involved and force a full-scale investigation by the Malaysian government into the acquisition.

“What do you call someone who does that (sell naval secrets)? A traitor!” Rafizi told the crowd, which roared and cheered the PKR leader on.

24 June 2012

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24 June 2012

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Harakah

Biar pun Datuk Seri Najib Razak dianggap pewaris akhir kuasa Umno, namun budaya fitnah yang berlaku di bawah kepemimpinannya paling teruk dalam sejarah kemerdekaan negara.

Timbalan Presiden PKR, Azmin Ali berkata, berbanding perdana menteri sebelumnya termasuk Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, budaya fitnah di era Najib paling ketara sekali.

“Budaya fitnah paling teruk berlaku sekarang berbanding di era perdana menteri sebelum ini,” katanya pada ceramah isu semasa di Medan Ilmu, Kedai Peringat malam tadi.

Hadir sama Naib Presiden PAS, Datuk Husam Musa, Pengerusi Majlis Pimpinan PKR Kelantan, Abdul Aziz Kadir, Adun Melor, Wan Ismail Wan Jusoh dan pegawai penerangan PAS Kelantan, Abdul Hamid Derani.

Azmin berkata, beliau dan keluarga diserang dengan dakwaan fitnah selama dua bulan secara berterusan melalui media Umno.

Menurutnya, Utusan Malaysia dan TV3 mencerca isteri dan anaknya dengan begitu mengaibkan sekali apabila mengungkitkan isu lama kira-kira 14 tahun lalu.

“Sedangkan laporan DNA daripada pakar perubatan di Hospital Kuala Lumpur dan Singapura mengesahkan anak saya bersama isteri, Shamsidar.

“Anak saya ketika itu berusia tiga tahun dan sekarang sudah berumur 17 tahun. Tetapi pemimpin Umno tidak mohon maaf kepada saya dan keluarga sehingga sekarang.

“Ini secara jelas menggambarkan Umno tidak reti masalah dosa dan pahala sehingga isu seks serta moral menjadi mainan bagi mereka,” ujarnya.

Beliau yang juga anggota parlimen Gombak berkata, pemimpin Umno boleh melakukan apa sahaja sekarang selagi ada sisa-sisa kuasa, biar pun melemparkan tuduhan yang tidak berasas.

Bagaimanapun dalam masa yang sama kerisauan Umno nampak semakin jelas sekarang apabila Dr Mahathir membuat kenyataan supaya Pakatan Rakyat tidak memfitnahnya sekiranya berlaku perubahan di Putrajaya pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Azmin berkata, beliau dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bersilih ganti menjadi mangsa fitnah secara rakus oleh pemimpin Umno tanpa menghiraukan fakta dan kedudukan sebenar.

Sementara itu Husam mengesa kerajaan mewujudkan Suruhanjaya Diraja bagi menyiasat dakwaan kononnya Anwar menguasai 20 akaun induk berjumlah RM3 bilion.

Katanya, sekiranya Suruhanjaya Diraja itu diwujudkan beliau akan menyerahkan bukti bertulis daripada tulisan tangan bekas Penolong Gabenor Bank Negara, Datuk Murad mengenai salah laku pemimpin Umno.

“Tulisan tangan itu ada dalam simpanan saya dan beberapa hari lepas saya telah serahkan kepada Anwar. Tulisan itu ada menyebut bekas perdana menteri membawa banyak duit ke luar negara,” ujarnya.

Beliau juga mencadangkan perjumpaan anak-anak perantau dengan pimpinan kerajaan negeri pada Hari Raya Aidilfitri tahun ini diadakan di tapak pembinaan lebuh raya rakyat bagi membolehkan mereka melihat sendiri projek dilaksanakan.

22 June 2012

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KeadilanDaily

KUALA LUMPUR 21 JUN: Mustahil Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang terkenal sebagai pendendam, akan melepas peluang mengheret Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke mahkamah jika akaun RM3 bilion benar-benar wujud.

“Ingat Mahathir boleh bagi peluang saya hidup jika akaun itu betul wujud? Sedangkan dulu tak ada kes pun beliau boleh belasah dan penjarakan saya,” kata Ketua Pembangkang itu.

Ketua Umum KEADILAN itu, berkata tindakan pasti diambil Mahathir sejak 12 tahun lalu jika akaun berkenaan, terbukti wujud.

Berucap depan lebih 2,000 rakyat di Setiawangsa, beliau memberi penjelasan betapa siasatan kes itu sudah lama ditutup kerana ternyata tiada bukti.

Katanya, ia disokong akuan sumpah dari bekas Pengarah Siasatan Badan Pencegahan Rasuah (BPR), Abdul Razak Idris yang mengetuai siasatan kes itu.

Akuan bersumpah itu dibuat setelah sepasukan pengawai BPR menjalankan siasatan terperinci hingga ke Singapura dan United Kingdom.

“Tapi sekali lagi, bila terbukti tiada kes terhadap saya, Mahathir mengarahkan Razak jangan beritahu sesiapa.

“Di Parlimen, ada beberapa ahli parlimen BN mengganggu perbahasan dengan menjerit ’3 bilion’ lalu saya duduk dan minta mereka bangun untuk bertanyakan soal itu.

“Tak ada pula yang nak bangun. Kamu guna media seperti TV3 dan Utusan untuk hina saya tapi bila saya cabar berdepan, semua ‘kelu lidah’ tidak berkata,” katanya.

Anwar juga menolak fitnah kononnya Mahathir akan dituduh dengan tuduhan palsu sebagai membalas dendam apabila Pakatan Rakyat menawan Putrajaya.

“Saya tak pernah berniat jahat. Sekalipun untuk heret sesiapa ke penjara jika Pakatan menang pilihan raya. Tak kiralah Mahathir, Najib mahupun Rosmah.

“Saya cuma mahu buktikan kita boleh tadbir negara dengan baik,” katanya yang disambut tepukan gemuruh.

22 June 2012

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Merdeka Rakyat

24 Jun 2012 (Ahad)

1)    2.30 ptg – Santai / Teh Tarik Di Taman Pauh Jaya, Seberang Jaya

2)    5.00 ptg – Hi-Tea

       Lokasi: Dewan JKKK Simpang 3 Kubang Ulu , Kuala Mengkuang

3)    7.15 mlom – Solat & Tazkirah Maghrib Serta Pelancaran  

                         Masjid  Berkembar Gaza Dan Kubang Semang

        Lokasi : Masjid Kubang Semang

4)    9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana – Merdeka Rakyat

      Lokasi:  Padang Awam Taman Bersatu, Nibong Tebal

                    (Hadapan Sek Tuanku Abd Rahman)

5)    Penceramah:

i.                    YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim

ii.                  YB Dato’ Mansor Othman

iii.                YB Law Choo Kiang

iv.               YB Maktar Shapee

v.                 YB Tan Beng Huat

vi.               Sdr Che Gu Bard

21 June 2012

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Merdeka Rakyat

23 Jun 2012 (Sabtu)

1) 2.00 – 6.00 ptg – Majlis Dailog AIC “Anak Muda Bersama Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim”

Lokasi: Hillcity Hotel, Ipoh

Penceramah:
i. YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (4.30 ptg)
ii. Sdr Saifuddin Shafi Abdullah
iii. Sdr Rafizi Ramli
iv. Sdri Siti Aishah Sheikh Ismail

2) 8.00 pg – 6.30 ptg – Konvensyen Keadilan Negeri Perak

Lokasi : Dewan Chin Woo, Jalan Hussein, Ipoh
Ucapan Penutup oleh Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim (5.30 ptg)

3) 7.30 mlm – Solat & Tazkirah Maghrib

Lokasi : Surau Muhamadiah, Kg Ahmad said Tambahan 2, Manjoi, Ipoh

4) 9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana

Lokasi: Markas Pakatan Rakyat, Kg Bendang Kering, Kuala Kangsar

Penceramah:
i. YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
ii. YBhg Dr Muhammad Nor Manuty
iii. YM Dr Raja Al Hiss Raja Iskandar
iv. YB Chang Lih Kang
v. Ustaz Zulkifli Ibrahim

5) 9.00 – 12.00 mlm – Ceramah Perdana – Merdeka Rakyat

Lokasi: Taman Ria, Simpang, Taiping

Penceramah:
i. YB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim
ii. YB Dato’ Seri Nizar Jamaluddin
iii. YBhg Dr Muhammad Nur Manuty
iv. YB Tien Chua
v. YB S. Kesavan
vi. YBhg Che Gu Bard
vii. YBhg Haji Ismail Yusof

21 June 2012

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I refer to the NST front page report today relating to the false allegations against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the RM 3 billion monies claim. It is reported that Anwar had ordered former ACA director of investigations Abdul Razak Idris to make a Statutory Declaration clearing him of the allegations. The UMNO-owned newspaper has once again made false suggestions and insinuations against Anwar without producing any real evidence against him. The SD was made voluntarily under oath by the former ACA director Abdul Razak Idris in 2009. It is plainly absurd and utterly irresponsible for the NST to suggest that in 2009 Anwar had somehow compelled Abdul Razak Idris to make the SD. In fact today’s NST report admits that no charges were brought against Anwar because there was no evidence against him to sustain any charge. A similar admission that there was no evidence to support any charges against Anwar was made in the earlier NST front page report on June 12 2012. Yet the NST and other UMNO media have repeatedly and irresponsibly alleged that Anwar is guilty of some kind of wrongdoing. Despite weeks of relentless attacks in the UMNO-owned media, not an iota of believable evidence has been produced against Anwar in relation to the RM 3 billion false allegation.

Under the instructions and encouragement of UMNO, Malaysia’s parliamentary opposition leader is being subjected to a trial by hearsay and insinuation in the UMNO-owned media. Baseless, misleading and unsupported statements are being given front page coverage under blatantly defamatory headlines. The allegations are then repeated by the BN controlled electronic media, without affording Anwar the opportunity to defend himself. Protected by the massive resources of the ruling coalition, the UMNO-BN media continue their attacks regardless of defamation suits. It is unthinkable that the BN-owned media can carry out these attacks without Najib’s personal approval. This Najib-inspired campaign of vilification and character assasination against the opposition leader is unprecedented in the history of our nation. We call upon Prime Minister Najib to call off these baseless personal attacks upon Anwar by the BN-owned media, and instead engage the Opposition leader in televised debates on national policies and issues.

Issued by,
N SURENDRAN
VICE PRESIDENT
KEADILAN

21 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

The 25-year-old son of a former minister has been found to be involved in the supply of an allegedly defective 26.05 million euro (RM128.4 million) air traffic control system to the government through a closed tender.

In addition, his Italian partner in the project is already plagued with a series of corruption scandals.

PKR leaders have claimed that the system supplied to the National Air Traffic Control Centre (NATCC) on Dec 13 last year was defective-on-arrival, but Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha denied this in a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat.

Not satisfied with the response, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar questioned whether it was the norm of the government to award important projects to the family members of cabinet ministers.

A closed tender is where only selected parties are invited to bid for the contract.

The air traffic control system was installed by Advanced Air Traffic Systems (AAT) Sdn Bhd, in which Ikhwan Hafiz Jamaludin is a significant stakeholder and alternate director.

Ikhwan is the son of Rompin MP and former science, technology and innovation minister Jamaludin Jarjis (right), who is seen as a close ally to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

After his tenure, Jamaludin served as an ambassador to the United States, and is now a special envoy to the US with ministerial powers.

Former DCA chief also on the board
Also on AAT’s board as its chairperson is Zolkipli Abdul, who was director-general of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) until 1997.

He and Ikhwan Hafiz were appointed to the board on Aug 1, 2011, according to the company profile obtained from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).

AAT is a joint venture between Italian radar systems provider Selex Sistemi Integriti SpA and two relatively obscure local companies, Tirai Variasi Sdn Bhd and Tahap Harmoni Sdn Bhd.

Google searches on Tirai Variasi Sdn Bhd and Tahap Harmoni yielded very little information.

Ikhwan and Zolkipli are also owners of Tirai Variasi, which holds a 50 percent stake in AAT, with Ikhwan holding a whopping 90 percent, while 70-year-old Zolkipli has the remaining 10 percent.

Tirai Variasi was incorporated in 2003, and Ikhwan has served on its board since August 2008, when he was aged 21.

Little is known about Tahap Harmoni and its owners Muhamad Munip and Puteh Muhamed.

According to a press statement issued in September 2009 by Selex’s parent company Finmeccanica, Selex has been in Malaysia since the 1990s, supplying civilian radar systems.

In 1994, the AAT joint venture was formed, “with the aim of know-how and technology transfer to Malaysia, especially in the air traffic control systems field”.

On the other hand, Selex, which owns 30 percent of the venture, is no stranger to controversy.

According to an AFP report, Selex has been investigated since 2010 over allegations that it had been given no-bid contracts by the Italian civil aviation agency Enav.

Most recently, the probe led authorities to search the home of the Vatican’s former de facto bank chief Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on June 6 for documents pertaining to the case.

Selex is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, a defence company that is facing its own set of corruption allegations.

These range from claims that its former chairperson had created false invoices and slush funds to pay off politicians to allegations that its current chairperson had greased helicopter deals with India when he was the head of its subsidiary, AgustaWestland.

Finmeccanica and Selex have consistently been denying any wrongdoing.

No response from the Italian companies

Repeated attempts by Malaysiakini since June 8 to contact AAT, Selex, Finmeccanica and Zolkipli for comment have not yielded any response.

However, Malaysiakini visited Ikhwan’s listed address yesterday, where his aide Siti Zubaidah confirmed that he is the son of Jamaluddin Jarjis.

She also offered to get Ikhwan to contact Malaysiakini to respond to our questions.

When Malaysiakini visited the AAT office in Shah Alam about 12.30pm today, a spokesperson, who declined to be named, said the company was aware of the allegations and had issued a directive to staff not to comment on the matter.

Malaysiakini has also visited Tahap Harmoni’s office in Ampang, Selangor and Tirai Variasi’s office in a residential area in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.

On both visits, Malaysiakini was met by clerical staff, who said they were unfamiliar with the issue and the person in charge was not present.

Two weeks ago, PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, N Surendran and Tian Chua had disclosed purported documents leaked from the DCA and NATCC.

They claimed that the air traffic control system that had been installed suffered some 68 defects that had led to an increase of workload and stress among the air traffic controllers,

As a consequence, senior officers of the controllers had told controllers to be “extra careful” and had lobbied the director of the NATCC for an immediate remedy, or for the older system to be restored.

One of the documents, purportedly a letter of undertaking from Selex, promised to make the repairs in March this year.

When Nurul Izzah raised the issue in Parliament, the transport minister wrote back saying that the system “is performing well” and that “there has not been any incident until now”.

21 June 2012

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Sapina untuk saksi pertama kes skandal penyelewengan kapal selam Scorpene – Jasbir Singh Chahl sudah diperolehi dari Mahkamah Perancis dan dalam proses penyerahan.

Sekretariat Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata, penghantaran sapina tersebut dalam proses dan memerlukan beberapa hari untuk dilaksanakan.

“Kami tidak ada maklumat yang tepat bila jangka masa sapina itu akan diserahkan,” kata kenyataan itu dipetik Harakah Daily.

Suaram mengulas kenyataan Jasbir yang merupakan pembantu kanan Abdul Razak Baginda sebelum ini yang menafikan kaitannya dengan kes pembelian Scorpene.

Jasbir berkata, sehingga kini beliau tidak menerima sebarang sapina dari mana-mana mahkamah.

Menurut Suaram, peguam mereka di Perancis, William Bourdon dan Joseph Breham mengesahkan Jasbir adalah salah seorang saksi kes ini dan mahkamah telah mengeluarkan sapina untuknya.

Suaram adalah pihak pelapor dalam kes rasuah pembelian Scorpene kepada mahkamah Perancis kerana ia melibatkan syarikat negara itu.

Sebelum ini, Pengarah Suaram, Cynthia Gabriel telah memaklumkan saksi pertama kes skandal penyelewengan kapal selam Scorpene akan hadir ke mahkamah Perancis kerana sapina terhadapnya telah dikeluarkan.

Saksi berkenaan katanya, adalah Jasbir Singh Chal, bekas Pengarah Perimekar Sdn Bhd yang juga pembantu kanan Abdul Razak Baginda.

Cynthia mengumumkan perkara itu di akhir Majlis Makan Malam Kutipan Dana Ops Scorpene anjuran Suaram yang dihadiri kira-kira 1,000 orang, 16 Jun lalu.

“Kita patut merasa gembira dengan perkembangan kes ini kerana saksi pertama iaitu Jasbir Singh, saksi yang terlibat dan mengetahui banyak maklumat akan dipanggil ke mahkamah (Perancis) kerana sapina sedang dalam perjalanan ke rumahnya,” kata Chynthia.

Selain Jasbir, individu lain yang akan turut dipanggil sebagai saksi termasuk Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak; pemilik Perimekar Sdn Bhd dan Terasasi (HK) Limited, Abdul Razak Baginda serta isterinya, Mazlinda dan bapanya.

Menteri Pertahanan, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi juga dinamakan sebagai saksi oleh peguam Suaram.

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