Within 12 hours, crowds of Icelanders were on the streets of Reykjavik, outside their Parliament building, demanding the resignation of their PM.
Because, this individual in high office had been found to have a wife with an off-shore bank account.
Although there was no proof of tax evasion or illegally obtained cash (the usual story behind so many off-shore accounts), Icelanders disliked the lack of transparency.
They also detected a conflict of interest, in that the company held shares in local banks, whose bankruptcy issues the Prime Minister was over-seeing.
The PM, it was established, had not declared this potential conflict, on behalf of his wife, when he took office. Clearly, this could not be acceptable, in the view of the public.
Faced with such a loss of popular confidence, within 36 hours their Prime Minister resigned – after all, public office is all about respect and confidence.
Meanwhile, more than a year after outrageous, billion dollar misappropriations were revealed to have taken place from 1MDB, which is headed by the Malaysian Prime Minister, an arrest has taken place – also in front of the Parliament building, this time in KL.
Except, the arrest in question was of an opposition MP, who has challenged the management of the 1MDB development fund and revealed secret documents (just like the Panama Papers) to back his arguments.
The MP remains, at the time of writing, in detention, without access to a lawyer – allegedly under the provisions of the Malaysian Official Secrets Act.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Report can confirm that not one of the journalists, who has embarrassed and undermined the former Icelandic Prime Minister with regard to his wife’s affairs, has been banned, faced a warrant for arrest (for “attempting to topple a ‘democratically elected’ Prime Minister”) or indeed been slapped with an Interpol terrorist Red Alert notice…. or any such thing.
So, what is going on?
Prime Minister Najib must find himself exasperated by the lack of stamina of his Icelandic colleague. On the other hand, he must also be hugely relieved that the good citizens of KL are plainly too nervous to stand outside his own Parliament building and demand the obvious from him.
So, perhaps this is not the moment to reveal documents we have recently received, which are embarrassing to the Prime Minister, to say the least.
Or, perhaps to the contrary we will begin by refreshing minds as to the bank account and credit card numbers referred to on the charts waived by the loyal AG Apandi, at the time he “cleared” the PM?
With this information to hand, we invite readers to continue to peruse some of the investigation documents which, according to ABC Four Corners, caused the former Attorney General, the former Deputy Prime Minister and the Agong (amongst other officials contacted under the correct and lawful procedures that until recently existed in Malaysia) to sign a warrant to detain the PM last July.
What such expenditures show, for example, is that around RM3 million was spent on just one day’s jewellery shopping at one flash store in Sardinia, during the Najib Razak family August holiday in 2014 – all on the PM’s platinum credit cards.
Malaysians also now know that this money originated from the 1MDB subsidiary company SRC, managed by Nik Faisal Arif Kamil (who also for some reason had authority to manage the PM’s accounts).
The Prime Minister himself has now himself admitted to all this – given the evidence what else could he do?
However, the AG (whom he appointed after sacking the earlier one who had issued the warrant for his arrest) has, as we know, “cleared” him, after accepting the excuse that Najib didn’t know that his pal, Nik (now a fugitive in Jakarta) had done any of this jiggery pokery with his accounts.
Malaysians also know that this SRC money all originated from a loan obtained from the public pension fund KWAP, which has never been properly accounted for.
Such stuff would be enough to bring those tetchy Icelanders out on the streets in a considerable temper, one would assume. Their PM would have lasted less than 5 minutes!
After all, there is lot’s more of this annoying evidence, which has been coming out over the past few days, including statements, which show that much of this money from KWAP via SRC was used by the PM to pay cheques to various individuals during this periods in 2014:
Najib has, of course, through his spokespeople, over the past days clarified that all these payments were intended for ‘charitable purposes’ via his good offices. Specifically, he has mentioned poor orphans and flood disaster victims (admittedly he must have felt a bit guilty, having taken so long to realise their plight in the middle of playing golf with Obama and spending another fortune at Cartier in Honolulu).
So, jewels for them! He has also mentioned he forked out for silk carpets at unspecified mosques.
As we say, he is lucky he is peddling these excuses to his sweet fellow Malaysians… because, goodness knows how those Bugis Icelandic Viking types would have reacted to excuses of this nature.
We can probably guess!