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Malaysia's media propaganda war

By Murray Hunter - posted Wednesday, 27 January 2016

The Sarawak Report a couple of days ago released a damming report on the 1MDB scandal, murder of Kevin Morais, and stated that Malaysia's premier Najib is planning to retreat from office.

According to the Sarawak Report, several sources have indicated that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) report on the 1MDB scandal to Attorney General Mohamad Apandi Ali recommend no less than 37 charges against Premier Najib. Something the MACC has denied.

The Sarawak Report also inferred that Kevin Morais was kidnapped and brutally murdered because he was involved in the original investigation of the 1MDB and 'political donation' scandals, and responsible for drawing up charges against Premier Najib on behalf of sacked Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail.


The Sarawak Report went on to say that Premier Najib received much more than RM2.6 Billion into his personal bank accounts. The account by Sarawak Report also stated that most of these funds were not used to fight the last election but rather used for personal affairs, such as shopping trips and credit card payments. According to the Sarawak Report most of these funds were transferred into Najib's personal accounts in Singapore.

Sarawak Report goes on to say that there were a number of meetings between members of the top echelons of UMNO over the new year break in New York, Tokyo, and Dubai, where the departure of Najib from the Prime Minister's position was discussed.

The report continued on saying that there were three issues preventing Najib's immediate departure.

Firstly, there is the issue of succession to Najib. According to the report the current deputy Prime Minister Zahid wants the position, but former deputy Muhuddin Yassin is still deputy president of UMNO and the natural successor.

Secondly, Najib and his wide Rosnah want immunity from prosecution and a 'royal goodbye' on departure from office. Many UMNO stalwarts now want to see both of them in jail the report comments.

Thirdly, with international investigations underway about the financial scandals it is very difficult to find a 'safe haven' for Najib. According to the Sarawak Report, Turkey has rejected possible asylum, as has most of the Middle East. Kazakhstan is also off the list due to the poor reputation of their in-laws.


The Sarawak Report article goes into some detail about how the upper echelons of UMNO were very dissatisfied with being lied to and are seeking Najib's removal. This issue has been taken up by both the Asia Sentinel and Malaysian Chronicle which posted a number of articles about how Najib is facing his final days in office.

Enter Malaysia Today, the blog run by Raja Petra kamarudin. Many have claimed that he has changed sides and under the influence of Rosnah, wife of premier Najib. Malaysia Today was once the bastion of news for the opposition in Malaysia until as many claim, the slant changed to defending Najib against his Memphis Tun Dr Mahathir.

However Raja Petra made a number of valid points about Claire Rewcastle Brown and the agenda of Sarawak Report, maybe enough to discredit the 'bombshell' released a few days before.

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Murray Hunter is an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis. He blogs at Murray Hunter.

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