25 May 2016

BSI shut down, Najib's 1MDB causes pain to the international financial fraternity.

Ravi Menon, the Managing Director of Singapore Monetary Authority (MAS) is taking tough actions against BSI the Lugano based private banking in Singapore and ordered the branch to be shut down for serious breaches on money-laundering rules in its dealings with our Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, 1MDB the brainchild of our PM Najib Razak. Swiss financial regulators announced on Tuesday that they have agreed to take over the desolation of Singapore BSI Bank which has been encroaching severely on money-laundering acts. Prime Minister Najib Razak has been in the heart of the 1MDB financial scandals which was rated to be the biggest in the history of the world.

The Swiss financial regulators have approved the takeover of the merchant bank by EFG International on one condition that BSI is integrated and dissolved within twelve months from now on. The Singapore and Swiss authorities are working together and have decided to seize the 95 million Swiss francs on illegal profits and now probing on at least on 2 former top managers of the bank.

The office of Switzerland Attorney General  had early  yesterday opened the criminal proceedings against BSI based on the information revealed by the criminal proceedings on 1MDB.  Ravi Menon the MD of Singapore Monetary Authority the wrong doings of BSI in dealing with 1MDB as the worst case of control lapses and gross misconduct that we have ever seen in the history of Singapore financial sector.

BSI CEO Stelano Coduri resigned abruptly yesterday as the dealings on the troubled 1MDB reverberate throughout the banks (BSI) international operations. It’s now obvious that 1MDB has brought down the international financial sector seriously and the infections that 1MDB is contracting is too contagious to the extent that any bank or party that deals with the Malaysian State sovereign funds will eventually faces predicaments and distress.  

The question now is why Najib is keeping mum on the issue swirling 1MDB and the serious consequences faced by many individuals in the banking system internationally when dealing with 1MDB? Doesn’t one agree that Najib’s 1MDB has been seriously putting the international banking system in jeopardy? In most cases it spins around the money that was transferred in his personal account which in the end was transferred to Singapore bank.

Najib has been denying that he has done no wrongdoing while everyone that put the 1MDB deals through are now under serious investigation and many have even been fired from the banks and referred to the investigation authorities in five advanced nation. The heinous 1MDB issue has gone global and why Najib is still loitering in power without shame and embarrassment?   Najib’s 1MDB dealings have been putting the nation to shame and it’s very important that Najib quits his job immediately.

Sooner or later Najib is going to face the litigations at global courts and we cannot afford to stomach a leader who is perceived like criminal to the international community especially within the financial fraternity. Najib is seen as an orphanage leader among the leaders of the world and he still acts with his poker face to the world leaders, even though all leaders that he meets have such low impressions and regards towards him. Najib is truly the man of the world but for negative imageries and we just don’t understand how the Cabinet members can withstand with their positions in the Cabinet without qualms and guilt.

Najib is not a deserving leader for us and he should instead find ways and means to leave with some reasonable face saving devices and leave the nation to be managed by someone who is in the capacity to institute structural and institutional changes and that kind of aptitude is not in the leaders of the current line of Najib’s Cabinet lineup.

As I have said it umpteen of times changing the leadership from within the Cabinet lineup is not a change. To change it through alternating it with political parties is also not a change. The nation needs a leader who has the experience and with high magnanimity to take on the mantle. Usually with the current bad culture of the ruling and the oppositions a true leader of that attribute stays outside the Cabinet and the party lineup.

The ordinary Malaysians are just too impatient to wait for the moment of change, a real change.  

11 May 2016

Stop resting your laurels on Sarawak Elections victory, Najib should leave

It has been two months that I have not touched this writing machine for reason personal to me. There were lots of happenings politically that need to be mitigated with full accountability and assurances; some need true sacrifices by those people in power to get the nation back on proper and appropriate track of democratic nation. We are in slaking and in thirst of living in a nation that is decorously managed like we used to experience in the seventies.

We have been living in a wrongly cultured nation in almost every turf and arena and that has become the norms of the day. Corruptions have been the culture in our multiracial society and this practice seems to be accepted as part of live in the country for more than two long decades. Any attempt by like minded and leaders to address this dangerous culture will be deemed as anti-national. Saying a right thing is forbidden and those who were openly in support of the struggle for change were apprehended and not a small number have been unfairly be brought to courts of justice.

Some have been sacked and fired from their jobs and taken over by the hunger sycophants around the leadership for their personal monetary and social prominence. This situation is very normal for any distraught and distress of government and leadership. Najib has destroyed all democratic institutions and to rebuild all these institutions is needed as instantaneously as possible.  

Today will be another day that is interesting to observe. We want to see whether there will be a second default of payment of the coupon on the $ 1.7 billion bonds on 1MDB. This is a very crucial observation and if it’s going for another default any logical mind will conclude that we are on the fast track to devastation. 1MDB is the brainchild of Najib the PM, an investment arm for the Ministry of Finance that Najib leads with initial paid-up capital of RM1 million with initial amount RM42 billion loans and debts of various forms.

Now the amount has climbed up to RM52 billion with 5.99 percent coupon rate for today’s scheduled repayment. We were made to believe that the amount will be no less than $52.24 million as the bond is traded with higher yield these days. Whether IPIC will pay as agreed in the back to back agreement with 1MDB is yet to be seen today and by next week all of us will be able to know the whole story line on this issue.

Somehow by the end of the day the government is put at a great risk of bailing out the whole loan and debts in various forms that we have in hands. While Najib is resting his laurels on the Sarawak State election victory everyone knows that he was just riding on the popularity of the Chief Minister Adnan Satem. It was Adnan Satem’s marvelous presentation that it has very little contribution from Najib for the big win.

Najib must own up the fact that he has done too much debauchery compared to all mistakes and misadventures of all previous PMs lumped together. He has to quit without delay as he is able to untie all his misadventures that will ultimately bring Malaysians to disaster.

We have to be conclusive in our opinion that Najib has proven to be too undeserving to lead the nation any longer. He has momentously failed as a leader of our grand nation noticeably. He has been destroying the country to an unimaginable magnitude to an extend that his misappropriation of public funds is now under global investigations.