TTF: Many opposition leaders will have a lot to lose the minute the government brings into effect laws to curb the spread of disinformation (see news item below). One of those leaders is none other than Tony Pua, Member of Parliament (MP) for Petaling Jaya Utara. Since 2013, the DAP parliamentarian repeatedly falsified truths to impress upon Malaysians that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak was complicit with 1MDB officials to siphon billions from the wealth fund.
Just for that, Pua was promised USD15 million by a Third Party Group (TPG) associated with billionaire-anarchist George Soros and former British Premier Tony Blair. The MP was tasked with turning voters against Najib by having them believe that the Prime Minister dragged 1MDB to the brink of collapse. While that happened, Blair worked from behind the scenes together with bankers, media reps, politicians and wealthy businessmen – both local and foreign – to saddle the Malaysian wealth fund with debt before preventing it from reducing its debt to equity ratio.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin became the first government leader to be approached by members of the TPG. The group informed the then deputy premier’s aide in June 2013 that an international conspiracy to sabotage 1MDB had begun. Muhyiddin was promised USD30 million (not RM) to convince Malaysian authorities that Najib was responsible for dissipating billions from the wealth fund into thin air. To make sure everything went as planned, the former deputy premier roped Pua into the picture by telling the DAP MP that Soros was spending billions to bring Najib down.
A month later, a series of multi-channeled communications commenced between officials from Bank Negara, Maybank, CIMB, AmBank, Bank Muamalat, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Securities Commission. They were told to “deprive 1MDB of oxygen” and depict the fund’s board as having abetted the Prime Minister siphon billions “belonging to Malaysian taxpayers.” The communications were facilitated by Muhyiddin and his aide who went by the name of ‘Tamareen’.
Everything was perfectly timed. On the 19th of July 2013, days after Pua came into the picture, the Chairman of IPIC, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, disposed of his shares in Barclays that Khadem Al-Qubaisi transferred to him in February 2010. Mansour deliberately withheld the 10% commission he promised Qubaisi from the proceeds of the sales by demanding that the latter return all of IPIC’s interests – worth some USD20 billion – held in the BVI.
Mansour was complicit with Qubaisi the whole time in robbing 1MDB of its worth. However, feeling threatened that he would be played out, he demanded the return of the USD20 billion that Qubaisi held ‘on behalf’ of IPIC in the BVI. The IPIC chair needed a portion of that money to pay off businessmen, bankers (including one from Bank Negara and another from Muamalat), writers (including Clare Rewcastle Brown) and politicians (including Muhyiddin and Pua) that Blair and the TPG hired to sabotage 1MDB. Everything seemed to go as planned until Qubaisi threw a bomb neither Mansour nor Blair saw coming.
On the 30th of July 2014, the Emirati conman informed Mansour that he had no plans to return the company’s BVI interests as there was no proof suggesting that those interests belonged to IPIC. Qubaisi’s shock decision prompted Blair and Mansour to defer an announcement that was planned for the 15th of August 2014. On that day, the IPIC chair was supposed to declare that 1MDB had defaulted its obligations to the UAE fund and had caused the Government of the Emirates to lose faith in Najib.
By then, Clare had already met Dr Mahathir Mohamed to seek his assistance in sabotaging 1MDB. The former premier agreed to pay her RM20 million per article for two publications that were meant to tarnish the reputation of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansour, the wife of the Prime Minister. Thinking that the planned announcement by Mansour would go ahead as scheduled, on the 14th of August 2014, Soros facilitated the transfer of some USD30 million to two financial institutions based in Johannesburg that belonged to a former Malaysian minister, Daim Zainuddin.
Both Pua and Muhyiddin were paid a portion of that money, as was Clare, who, following Qubaisi’s shock decision, was told to put the spotlight on Jho Low instead. To raise more funds, both Mahathir and Daim chaired a roundtable in London sometime in December 2014 to seek RM2 billion from four Malaysian tycoons. The money was meant to bankroll a world media campaign against Najib and to grease the palms of some 50 parliamentarians.
Then, early in March 2015, a decision was made to implicate Qubaisi in a non-existent scheme involving officials from 1MDB and the Prime Minister’s department. Mansour knew that the then IPIC Managing Director had tricked him by dissipating money originating from the wealth fund through offshore entities linked to the bogus Aabar-BVI. He decided to force 1MDB to remit sums already paid to the BVI company by pretending not to know that the offshore entity was tied to IPIC.
There is a whole lot more to this story which you can read about by clicking here. Suffice to say, both Pua and Muhyiddin made millions upon millions of ringgit assisting Mahathir and a group of international saboteurs put a spoke in Najib’s wheels. Despite being a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that cleared the Prime Minister of wrongdoing, Pua partook in a disinformation campaign designed to imply that Najib siphoned billions upon billions from 1MDB.
The clock is ticking Pua….
KUALA LUMPUR: The government does not intend to control or restrict the freedom of speech, which goes with responsibility and accountability, through the proposed formulation of a law to curb fake news , said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said freedom of speech, if used in an irresponsible manner, including to spread false news and touching on racial sensitivities, could affect harmony and prosperity in the country.
“Our leaders have always strived to ensure continuous harmony, unity and development in the country, and if (we) allow someone who is irresponsible to play up sensitive issues and spread fake news, this will worsen will be bad for the country, “ he told reporters after attending the Tunku Abdul Rahman university College convocation ceremony here yesterday.
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said the proposed law, if enforced, would not curb the people from voicing out or criticising the government but it should be based on facts and with basis.
Meanwhile, in Alor Setar, PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi supported the government’s move to formulate the law in order to restrict the spread of false news.
“PAS Youth welcomes this proposal… In fact, we are also ready to give suggestions to improve the law, if allowed (to do so),” he said at the Tea Session with PAS Leaders at Taman Budiman here yesterday.
On Jan 30 this year, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, in a statement, said the government had set up a special committee to study a new law to curb the spread of false news in the country.
She also said the government hoped the new law could be brought to the Parliament in the next session.
Source: The Malay Mail Online