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Monday, March 2, 2015

Homeless Man Just Killed by LAPD Police in Downtown LA. Warning : Graphic Images!




LAPD fatal shooting of man caught on tape



Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.

Smith said the officers approached the man and made contact with him, at which point he "began fighting and physically resisting the officers." The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was "ineffective."

The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.

"At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred," Smith said. "At that point an officer-involved shooting happened."

Two officers and a sergeant fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear how many times the officers fired, although at least five shots can be heard on the video recording that captured the shooting.

No other gun was recovered at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear if the man had any other weapons among his possessions — investigators were still combing the scene late Sunday night.

The man has been tentatively identified, but Smith said it was unclear if he was homeless.

Two officers were treated and released for injuries sustained in the struggle, Smith said. The extent of those injuries was unclear.

The woman seen in the video recording picking up an officer's baton was detained and is expected to be arrested, Smith said. She had not been booked as of 9 p.m. Sunday, and it was unclear what charges she would face, but Smith said the arrest would stem from her picking up the baton.

Smith said that, based on the video recording, it was unclear what the officers told the man before they fired. He said investigators would use audio enhancement software to determine what exactly was said and when.

"Of course we're aware of the video," he said. "Any video that shows someone losing their life in an altercation with police is going to be disturbing. It's disturbing for police officers to watch."


"It's always tragic when there's a loss of life in one of these situations," Smith continued. "It's not an incident taken lightly by any police officer. But we are committed to everyone involved and to the public to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."

Smith said investigators were looking for any other video that captured the incident, including footage from the body cameras some of the officers may have been wearing. Officers assigned to the Safer Cities Initiative were part of the LAPD's pilot program for the new technology and are equipped with the devices.

At least one officer involved in the incident was wearing a body camera, Smith said.

The dramatic confrontation was caught on video, which was later posted on Facebook (the video contains foul language). It shows a group of officers getting into a scuffle with a man standing on a sidewalk littered with tents and other debris.

During the struggle, one officer drops his nightstick, which is picked up by a woman on the street. Two officers handcuff the woman.

The man continues to scuffle with four of the officers, even after he's wrestled to the ground. What appears to be one of the officers is heard saying "Drop the gun. Drop the gun."
Then, at least one of the officers opens fire on the man, who remained on the ground with at least two officers near him.

Five gunshots are heard on the recording.

Police have not identified the dead man or said how many officers were involved, or how many shots were fired. The man was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about noon, according to police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery.

He said that at one point during the struggle a Taser had been deployed, but investigators did not know if it was  used on the man who was subsequently shot.

Witnesses at the scene identified the victim by his street name, “Africa”, and gave conflicting accounts of what they saw.

Dennis Horne, 29, said Africa had been fighting with someone else in his tent when police arrived.

When Africa refused to comply with a police order to come out of the tent, officers used the Taser on him and dragged him out, Horne said. The officers tackled Africa to the ground, where he continued to fight, which led to the fatal shooting, according to Horne.

“It's sad,” Horne said. “There's no justification to take somebody's life.”

Another witness, Lonnie Franklin, 53, said five to six officers pulled up in three to four cars as Africa was lying face down on the sidewalk. The officers approached with guns drawn yelling, ”Down, down,” according to Franklin.

When Africa got up and started fighting, the officers “went straight to lethal force,” Franklin said.

But Jose Gil, 38 , said he saw the man swinging at the police and then heard one of the officers say, “Gun, gun, he's got my gun!” before police fired multiple shots.

Another witness, who asked not to be identified, said the man punched and kicked the officers and reached for one of their service weapons before the officers fired at least seven times.

An area resident, who identified himself as Booker T. Washington, said police had come by repeatedly to ask Africa to take down his tent. People are allowed to sleep on the streets from 9 p.m to 6 a.m., but they are supposed to remove their tents in the daytime under a court agreement.

“This man got shot over a tent,” Washington said.

Ina Murphy, who lives in an apartment nearby, said Africa had arrived in the area about four or five months ago. He told her he had recently been released after spending 10 years in a mental facility, Murphy said.

Police Commission President Steve Soboroff first saw the video of the shooting via social media. He was watching it again when reached by a Times reporter Sunday evening, trying to hear what exactly the officers had said to the man.

"My heart just started pounding just watching it," Soboroff said. "I feel the adrenaline. These situations are just so horrific."

Soboroff said a key issue would be whether the man did in fact try to grab the officer's gun, as some witnesses have told reporters. Otherwise, he said, it's unclear what might have prompted the use of deadly force.

"To me, that would be the only explanation that something would happen that quickly," Soboroff said. "It escalated. It escalated right in front of our eyes."

He stressed that the LAPD, the independent inspector general and the district attorney's office would all investigate the shooting "very, very carefully."

"Of course I would encourage people not to rush to judgment. It's not fair to anybody. It's not fair to the family of the victim or the victim or the officers," he said. "We'll find out what happened."

Montgomery said Sunday evening that investigators were in the process of interviewing "loads of people" who were in the area at the time of the shooting. He said there would potentially be more video recordings of the incident, noting that he could see two surveillance cameras mounted on buildings at the scene.

It was still unclear how many officers fired their weapons or what was said to the man before he was shot, Montgomery said.

Montgomery said the video of the events leading up to the shooting appears to back the initial report that a Taser was used. He said the "click-click-click" sound that accompanies the use of the device can be heard on the recording.

According to a Times data analysis, there have been 12 fatal officer-involved shootings in downtown Los Angeles since 2000. There were none in 2014 and one in 2015 before Sunday's violence.

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and other activists on Sunday called for a special police commission meeting on the shooting.

 About 9:30 p.m., dozens of people gathered at Pershing Square to protest the police shooting.

"The heavens are crying right now," said General Jeff Page, known around skid row as the "mayor" of the poverty-stricken neighborhood, as rains poured on the crowd gathered around him. He went over the events of the day that led to the fatal shooting of Africa, whom Page called "one of our loved ones."

In the crowd was Yannick Babou, 34, a street vendor who works in skid row. Babou said he came out to show his frustration and anger with law enforcement.

"I'm not anti-police. I think we need police in society," Babou said. "But I think we need to hold police accountable when they do something wrong."

Times staff writers Kate Mather, Matt Hamilton and Armand Emamdjomeh  contributed to this report.

Aisehman. Even The MYANMAR TIMES kasi hantam sama itu Najib! WoooHa!



Najib’s slow death


Living under the tawdry and sinking regime of Prime Minister Najib Razak must seem to Malaysians like death by treacle.




They are drowning in a gluey black sea of venality the likes of which has not been seen in this region since the days of President Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.

The mounting litany of shameful episodes that have riven that nation all appear to be traceable to the hapless PM, who is also the head of the dominant political party, the United Malays National Organisation.

Things are so bad that last week the UMNO-owned newspaper, Utusan Malaysia, carried an outrageous editorial that tried to exonerate Najib and shift the blame elsewhere.

It failed, of course, because it was arguing against facts that indicate to all Malaysians that Najib is steadily sinking into the treacly pit of corruption and maladministration into which he has plunged his country.

If you think this is over the top, just consider a few of the more damning indictments against the PM and his band of gangsters, cheats and philanderers.

First, there are the missing billions of taxpayers’ money. It is hard to truly comprehend the full magnitude of this gigantic, nepotistic malfeasance, and even the illustrious New York Times took three pages to try to do it.

Suffice to say that Najib’s stepson, Riza Aziz, the offspring of the PM’s second wife Rosmah, is the man apparently responsible for most of the woes brought about by this debacle – otherwise known as 1MDB.

The initials stand for 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund that has lost billions due to corruption and mismanagement, and is still weighed down by massive nonperforming loans.

The fund appears to be almost entirely controlled by Najib, Aziz and a flamboyant Penang conman called Jho Low - no relation to Jennifer Lopez, though he mixes with Paris Hilton and other Hollywood starlets.

Why and how? There is no clear answer, except to recall that Najib is under the sway of Rosmah, a shopaholic wrecking ball, who shrugs off ridicule and ignores how her actions thwart her husband’s premiership.

In truth, the personal damage to Najib is piffling compared to the disastrous effect the huge 1MDB losses are having on the already fragile Malaysian economy.

An opposition MP has called the fund fiasco “the mother of the mother of the mother of all scandals in the history of Malaysia”.

He may be right. Certainly, there are already worries that if and when 1MDB collapses, the nation’s financial system may take a hit that will dwarf the effect of the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.

And bear in mind that Malaysia’s resource-dependent economy is already in trouble due to the depressed price of its key exports, petroleum oil and palm oil.

Last month, Najib announced US$1.5 billion in spending cuts and said Malaysia’s economic growth would fall from 6 percent to between 4.5pc and 5.5pc this year.

The economic woes have been compounded by diminishing political support at home.
In the last general election two years ago, Najib vowed to reverse the drop in votes that his UMNO-led coalition had witnessed under his predecessor, PM Abdullah Badawi.

It did not happen. His government ceded even more seats and lost four state assemblies and the overall popular vote to the opposition People’s Alliance, led by Anwar Ibrahim.
Since that chastening experience, Najib has clung onto the UMNO leadership by appeasing his key support base, the nation’s Malay-Muslim majority, and marginalising the minority Chinese and Indian communities.

This shocking move was his only option, or else he would have faced the same fate as Abdullah, who was elbowed out after his election failure by UMNO party men.

Concurrently, Najib has reversed his promise to dump the colonial-era Sedition Act, and instead applied it with increasing frequency against oppositionists, lawyers, journalists and academics.

Most recently, Anwar has been jailed for five years after a dubious sodomy conviction, while one of the nation’s popular cartoonists has been detained for drawing caricatures that lampoon the farcical Anwar trial.

Not only do these actions signal a premier running scared – as would be expected after the 1MDB catastrophe and his election setback – but they are grotesquely hypocritical.
Tarring Anwar with sodomy conveniently distracts attention from the fact that Najib, a notorious philanderer in his early days like most UMNO leaders, may be complicit in the murder of a Mongolian model.

The demise of this woman, the lover of the PM’s closest adviser and many Malaysians suspect also Najib’s mistress, is under investigation due to a $155 million kickback in an intertwined submarine deal negotiated when Najib was defence minister.

All of this led Utusan to issue its absurd editorial that – wait for it – blamed America for the country’s woes. It even accused Washington, which has criticised Anwar’s jailing, of copying the opposition leader’s behaviour.

According to Utusan, “The US wants to ‘sodomise’ our legal and judicial system, even though the majority of Malaysians agree with the court’s decision.”

Well, that is a moot point. Certainly the voting pattern suggests most Malaysians would happily accept Anwar as their next PM.

In any case, Najib’s survival may depend more on UMNO elders like former PM Mahathir Mohamad, and former finance ministers Daim Zainuddin and Razaleigh Hamzah.

Since they have all turned against him, though, the omens are not good.

Circumstance.

The Middle East, Arabs, ISIS, Africa, Boko Haram, Jihadists, Talibans, AL Qaeda the US Marines, the pro Russians separatists, PDRM, ...call them what you like....they have all brought into my life an awareness that we live in a world where there are others just like us with families father, mother, wife, children and friends - no different from you and me - that there are people just like you and me out there who have enough hate in their heart to be able to kill another fellow human.

And not only kill but they will kill another human being in the most horrific of ways possible in order to inflict as much fear and suffering as they possibly can before that human being breath his last on this earth.

Yes they have been women killed this way but for the most part they have been men. Mostly young, healthy men who have the most reason for living. And the dead include all nationalities, all possible political inclinations even those whose life work have been in the service of humanity and in the service of those less fortunate than them.There have been no rhyme or reason for their killing except that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and their murderers believe that by the death some cause being fought in far away lands will gain some attention,however brief.

I have seen beheading.

I have seen hanging.

I have seen men throttle to death. Men burned alive.

Seen men buried alive.

Men being thrown from buildings.

I have seen rows and rows of men being made to knell before graves that they themselves have dug and they are then shot in the head one by one and kicked into the grave that they have dug. Some mercifully dead some still visibly alive for the few moments before another volley of bullets rip into their bodies to still them or worse buried alive.

There have been times when death rained from the skies as planes and helicopters direct their withering fire into insurgents and at times deliberately into innocents civilians, women and children and the old.

One moment you see a peaceful countryside or rural scenes and the next everything is blown to smithereens. 

I have seen raids being conducted into insurgents camps as live feed video relay the raids in real time into our living rooms. Men drop like flies as well trained soldiers fan into the camps in well coordinated raids inflicting sudden death as they move from tent to tent. From house to house. From village to village. No quarter asked, no quarter given. 

I see Tanks being driven over dead bodies and tanks being driven over men who are alive.

Bombs dropped from the skies that kill not in the dozens but more...much much more.

All for what purpose?

To kill people and most times to kill indiscriminately.

These killings are justified as being collateral damage in a conflict most of them are not involved.

As being a fight of the willing against the axis of evil. Always good against evil.

As used as I am to seeing these image I still flinch in horror, anger and helplessness as I see yet another execution on YouTube -always of the defenceless being killed by armed men in groups, by planes that rained death from the skies and by every other means you can thinks of that will enable one human to snuff the live of another for no other reason than because they can.

When I see these images I do not think that Islam is to be blame. I do not think that any religion is to be blamed - even if the killing of thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam are done by Christians and by Americans no religions, no race no country can  be blamed  because in truth these are what human do to each other through history for reasons that really no longer matters because the killing of another human being is always reason for us to pause and ponder the inhumanity of men towards each other.

And like any human beings when they do something that they should not - there will always find a reason for doing so.

I can find reasons to condemn the Americans for many things that they have done all around the world - but I would rather think of the good that they have done for the poor, the hungry and the sufferings  around the world. 

I can condemn those in ISIS , Taliban and Al Qaeda for the deaths and sufferings that they have perpetrated in the regions that they operate in  - but if you were to take them individually and ask them why they fight -maybe you too might start to believe that maybe the world has not been very kind to them.

I choose to try and understand why the Americans invaded Iraq, why they kill Saddam and Osama. I try to understand why the terrorists do the things they do. Why PDRM murder  suspect in their custody.Why there are so much injustice in the world we now live in.

Sometimes it is hard to understand the motivation why these things are done. Sometimes the cruelty and barbaric acts they committed on other human beings simply cannot be forgiven.

But ask yourself this.

Why are you not fighting with ISIS in the middle east? Why are you not in the front line in Egypt fighting with the people against a government that was not elected by the people? Why do you not go and fight aganst Boko Haram in Nigeria? Why am I in Melbourne sitting in a comfortable apartment while Anwar Ibrahim is in Sugai Buloh? Why are things the way there are?

The simple answer is this. You are where and what you are because of circumstance.

Given all that you have in life you then decide what you should and should not do. Do not fault others for making the choices that they make in life. Right or wrong that is their choice. If we can start to understand that nobody in their right mind would want to go and kill another human being for whatever reason...then you start your own journey to making this world a better place. In your own way try to make others see that there is another way to living life.

You need not kill to have a better life. You need not kill to eat, to have a roof over your head or to be able to have your own spiritual peace. Tell them that you have achieve all this without killing. Tell them that there is another way and if you can, show them the way.

Petrol Prices:

After three months of price drops, fuel up 25 sen tomorrow

Retail prices of fuel will go up from midnight tonight, with RON95 at RM1.95 a litre and RON97 at RM2.25 a litre, three months after Putrajaya cut fuel subsidies for a managed float pricing system in Malaysia.

Diesel will also be sold at RM1.95 a litre, a statement by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry announced through Bernama said.

steadyaku47 comment: This is what is happening elsewhere!

Petrol prices expected to continue to fall for weeks amid increased competition, NRMA says


Petrol prices are continuing to fall with some outlets selling fuel at the lowest price in more than five years.
Motoring group NRMA said the oversupply of oil due to increased competition around the world was dropping the price of petrol at the bowser.

One Sydney retailer was leading the charge, dropping the price of Unleaded E10 to 99.9 cents per litre yesterday - a price Sydney has not seen since December 2009.

West Texas intermediate crude oil dipped another 4 per cent to $US47.93 a barrel, its lowest level in several years overnight, driving yet another round of losses on Wall Street.
An oversupply of oil and a US currency strengthened by worries about the eurozone have driven the oil price down by more than half since June.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said the international conditions making prices lower at the bowser was welcome news for motorists.

"What we've seen basically and we haven't seen this for a very long time is oversupply," he said.

"The United States has increased production consistently now for some time. Saudi Arabia is trying to match that by maintaining its levels of production. So you've got more oil on the market than what we're using.

"As a result prices are low and they're low in time for the holidays which is great news."
Earlier this week CommSec economist Craig James said Australian retail and wholesale prices were now matching the falls in the benchmark Singapore refinery prices and there was little scope for further price falls unless oil prices kept sliding.

However, Mr Khoury from the NRMA said motorists should expect relief to the bowser for weeks to come.

"We expect the prices to continue to fall. The average price in Sydney right now is $1.12 and we think there's at least two or three cents a litre that could be shaved off that," he said.
"There's nothing internationally to suggest that prices are going to suddenly turn. Certainly in the next two or three weeks we expect these prices to continue.

"It's a very volatile industry and it's very difficult to predict beyond that."

Across the US petrol prices have plummeted in recent weeks, in some places to as low as 46 cents a litre.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

How stupid and clueless can this Malay be to allow this Chinese to take him for a fool - and in the process take all other Malays for fools too?


steadyaku47 comment:

You and I know that there have been just as many Malays taking advantage of the Chinese as there have been Chinese who took advantage of the Malays. No I am not talking about the Chinese hawkers taking advantage of the Mak Chiks in the markets by selling 9 tahils of ikan kembong as 1 kati pocketing a few cents of haram profit in the process. Nor am I talking about the Traffic Policemen who would normally prefer to do their "cari makan" with a Chinese because it is easier for them to "selesai" the matter with a minimum of fuss. These are part of the game of life where every advantage is taken and no quarter given between each of us  - be it Chinese or Malay - as we go about the business of life. we know it happens and we adjust accordingly.

I want to talk about those Chinese who have made millions...even billions...from the Malays and the Malays who have profited in the millions and  billions from this "I help you , you help me" affliction that has troubled many of us ever since the time of Mahathir who was of the opinion that "the ends justify the means", This gave rise to this troubling phenomena of the coupling of business and politics to the detriment of our nation, our people and possibly our future for a very long time to come. 

Most of the Chinese tycoons, Chinese Captains of Industry, Chinese multi millionaires of today owe their insane wealth,  to some degree or other, to the political patronage of Malay politicians in Umno. The higher they go up the echelons of Malay political leaders the more rewarding the returns. These generations of Chinese knew that financial success went hand in hand with hard work and political patronage - more hard work than political patronage.  While questions have been asked about the "sweetheart deals" being given out to some of these Chinese these :business opportunity" were always viable. What was in question was why these Malay politicians would allow the Chinese to make so much money at the expense of the Rakyat and our nation's coffers. Of course not all the profits went to the Chinese alone. The profits had to "shared" with the Malay politicians. So for both the Chinese businessman and the Malay politicians it was a win win situation.   

Not so for the Rakyat who were in the "lose lose" situation because they were always burdened by the "extras" added on to these these projects to accommodate the need for profits by the Chinese and the costs of corruption demanded by the Umno politicians. 

Now fast forward to today. 

I as a Malay who have lived through the times of Eric Cheah, Abdullah Ang, Yeoh Tiong Lay, Vincent Tan, Robert Kuok and a host of other Chinese businessmen for whom "whom you know" is almost as essential as hard work in ensuring the success of their business,  am now confronted by a Chinese who have taken Najib Razak, our Prime Minister, a Malay, for the fool that he is! 

The exploits of Taek Jho Low is well documented by the tabloids and, thank God, by the Sarawak Report and you can read about it below....but stop a while and ponder this fact. 

How is this "Malaysian Investor" who for me "belum lagi bersunat" able to make a fool of Najib Razak through 1MDB? 

The Sarawak Report article clearly established a direct link between Taek Jho Low and 1MDB. The Chairman of the Board of Advisers to 1MDB is Najib Razak. 1MDB is a development company wholly owned by the Government of Malaysia. Najib Razak is the head of that government. 

I am angry that this Malay Prime Minister (Najib Razak) has allowed a Chinese (Taek Jho Low) to take millions, if not billions of the Rakyat's money to spend on everything else but a business. Unlike the Chinese of old there is no hard work involved in what this Taek Jho Low do. There seems to be no business that this Chinese has done in Malaysia that is of any significance. All that we and the world hear of him is Paris Hilton, parties and an extravagance and ostentatious life style that has cost millions. Does that money comes from 1MDB. 



How stupid and clueless can this Malay be to allow this Chinese to take him for a fool - and in the process take all other Malays for fools too? 

As a Malay, I am angry at Taek Jho Low and angry with Najib Tun Razak. It is one thing to be laughed at by other Chinese who ridicule the stupidity of a clueless Najib but as a Malay I strongly believe that as clueless as Najib is, it is Chinese like Taek who are as much to blame for the Malay distrust of the Chinese.         

Amen. 

steadyaku47 comment: Just received this comment from Amran Ariffin: Spot on!


 

Harrow playboy linked to troubled Malaysian fund

Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Clare Rewcastle and Josh Boswell Published: 1 March 2015

 

Harrow-educated Taek Jho Low enjoys a boat trip in Paris with Paris Hilton in 2010 (Angeli)
IN THE summer of 2009, a Malaysian nicknamed “the Whale” appeared on the New York nightclub scene. He would travel with a large entourage in a fleet of Cadillacs and his party would spend tens of thousands of dollars a night in the company of socialites such as Paris Hilton.
“The Whale” is said to have celebrated his 28th birthday with a four-day event in Las Vegas that included a party at a pool surrounded by caged lions and tigers. Manhattan was abuzz with questions over his identity and the source of his wealth.
It emerged that the “mystery man” of the nightclubs was the Malaysian tycoon Taek Jho Low, who had been educated at Harrow School and the Wharton School in Pennsylvania. He claimed his success was due to being in the “right place at the right time".

Go here to read what Taek Jho Low means by being in the "right place at the right time". 

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2015/02/heist-of-the-century-how-jho-low-used-petrosaudi-as-a-front-to-siphon-billions-out-of-1mdb-world-exclusive/


HEIST OF THE CENTURY – How Jho Low Used PetroSaudi As “A Front” To Siphon Billions Out Of 1MDB!

Having fun - tycoon Jho Low on a regular jaunt with Paris Hilton
Having fun on Malaysia’s development budget? Tycoon Jho Low at a regular jaunt with Paris Hilton
Together with London’s Sunday Times newspaper, Sarawak Report has completed an in-depth investigation into the trail of the missing billions at the heart of Malaysia’s 1MDB (One Malaysia Development Berhad) financial scandal.
We have obtained access to thousands of documents and emails relating to transactions by 1MDB, including its initial joint venture with the little known oil company PetroSaudi International from 2009.
What the documents establish is that, in spite of copious official denials, the entire joint venture project was conceived, managed and driven through by the Prime Minister’s associate and family friend the party-loving billionaire tycoon, Jho Low.
The documents also prove that the USD$700 million so-called “loan” that was supposedly repaid to PetroSaudi as part of the joint venture agreement, was in fact directed into the Swiss bank account of a company called Good Star, which is controlled by Jho Low.
That money was then partly used to buy out Taib Mahmud’s UBG bank in Sarawak at a very advantageous price for the chief minister and his family, who had been failing to get a deal on the open market.
PetroSaudi had agreed to act as “a front” for Jho Low on such deals, according to the documents, and it was a subsidiary of PetroSaudi International registered in the Seychelles, which bought UBG, using money siphoned from 1MDB.

How Jho Low managed the 1MDB PetroSaudi Joint Venture deal

Brains behind PetroSaudi, Director Patrick Mahony
Brains behind PetroSaudi, Director Patrick Mahony
Among the email exchanges obtained by Sarawak Report are documents from an initial meeting that took place in New York on September 8th 2009, between the then Wynton Capital head, Jho Low and the UK businessman Patrick Mahony, who had been introduced a few days earlier by PetroSaudi’s CEO, Tarek Obaid.
Mahony worked for the investment group Ashmore, which was funding PetroSaudi’s main operation, an oil well in Argentina.
Also at the meeting were two of Jho Low’s close colleagues, Li Lin Seet and a UBG bank lawyer, Tiffany Heah.
In an email written to “Jho, Seet and Tiffany” the following day, Mahony made clear on behalf of PetroSaudi that the company was very willing to become involved in a series of deals proposed by Jho Low, which were expected to involve 1MDB and Petronas.
Mahony also understood that Jho Low wanted “to use PetroSaudi International as a front” for certain deals and he said that “we would be happy to do that”:
“Jho / Seet / Tiffany” begins the lengthy email
“….I think what would make sense is that we set up a joint venture where we contribute our assets and you can contribute cash to match our asset base. We can then decide where that cash goes. Some of it may go to paying us back for some cost and some should stay in the JV for new acquisitions. We can discuss how those acquisitions will work and how money should flow once we do the deals through the JV…. I am assuming here that 1MDB will be our partner first and that Petronas will come in later…. Over time, Petronas could buy the JV and both PSI and 1MDB would have made a big return on the initial investment.
Lastly, we know there are deals you are looking at where you may want to use PSI as a front, we would be happy to do that. You need to let us know where….  On this idea of being a front, we need your input”
[PSI FRONT EMAIL]
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This letter from Mahony was also significant in that it conceded that PetroSaudi in fact had virtually no real “asset base”, even though the company planned to achieve a paper valuation for the purposes of the joint venture of well over $2 billion.
This valuation was to be based on an oil concession in Turkmenistan, which was actually still owned by a completely separate Canadian company, called Buried Hill, with whom Mahony had initiated negotiations for a possible joint venture in July:
“Briefly, we can value the Argentinean assets at around $50-$75m and the Turkmenistan asset at around .. $1b-$1.5b after the border dispute is resolved. Argentina has approximately 30m barrels of oil and Turkmenistan 500m. If we do the deal we want with the Canadian company that currently owns the asset in Turkmenistan, we will also pick up a block in the Gambia but the value of this unclear at this point”
Despite PetroSaudi being essentially valueless, therefore, it nevertheless apparently held one key advantage for Jho Low’s purposes of creating “a front” – the owner, a friend of the Director Tarek Obaid, was Prince Turki bin Abdullah, one of the sons of the then King of Saudi Arabia.
Founding owner of PSI, Prince Turki bin Abdullah
Founding owner of PSI, Prince Turki bin Abdullah
Jho Low was clearly eager to move swiftly ahead with a deal, because from this date the correspondence shows that negotiations for the 1MDB PetroSaudi joint venture were conducted at a breakneck speed, all at the initiative of Jho Low and his team, who were skillfully abetted by the UK businessman Patrick Mahony.
Also dated on September 9th, for example, is an email sent by Jho Low’s colleague Li Lin Seet to Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony, on the subject: “Proposed Timeline For Joint Venture with PetroSaudi”.
In the email Seet said that Low had “spoken to the Top Boss” and that there was a “target to close a deal by 20th Sept where all agreements are signed and monies can be paid to PetroSaudi before end of Sept.”
Low, who was copied in on the email trail, ‘replied to all’ the next day:
“We need to move fast n we need as much detailed info u have as fast as possible. We want to sign and pay by sept 09. Wil be emailing out a timeline”[sic].
[EMAIL PROPOSED TIMELINE]
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It is notable that none of these emails on the Proposed Timeline for the Joint Venture are copied to anyone from 1MDB.

“Storyline for 1MDB”

Indeed later emails show that it was not until September 15th that the CEO of 1MDB, Shahrol Halmi, and his Malaysian colleagues were involved in the proceedings and again it was on the initiative of Jho Low, who organised a conference call between the parties.
Email exchanges show how the PetroSaudi Directors collaborated with Low, Li Lin Seet and Tiffany Heah on how they would present the company to the team from 1MDB. They drew up what they called a Storyline for their Conference Call and Seet opened up with a number of suggestions:
From: SEET Li Lin
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 17:26:00 +0200
To: Jho Low ; Tiffany Heah ; Patrick Mahony
Subject: Storyline for Conference call with 1MDB

Hi Patrick,
I will circulate you some information on 1MDB soon….
Storyline for Conference Call: Patrick and Shahrol
1) ????? Introduction on background
a. ?????? Emphasize on ties with Tarek and role of Tarek in KSA
b. ????? Emphasize on Prince Turki?s role in PSI
c. ?????? Hint that PSI is owned indirectly by King Abdullah.
2) ????? Events that has occurred
a. ?????? King Abdullah learnt about 1MDB from PM Najib Razak and spoke to PM about joint-investments between KSA and Malaysia through a JV.
b. ????? Prince Turki was tasked by King Abdullah to follow up on this matter and has met PM Najib Razak to re-iterate this desire. Leaders or both countries are committed to partnership between PSI and 1MDB.
c. ?????? In fact, both leaders will very much like a deal completed by end of September in order for it to be the centerpiece of their meeting on 30 th Sept 2009.
Patrick responded to Jho Low’s assistant advising more caution:
“Ok. Need to be careful about some of the things we say – especially things concerning the big man in KSA. Let’s please discuss before the call. Thanks”
Meanwhile both parties agreed there was no “need to mention about the assets or any oil & gas matter in this call” as such details would be handled later.
STORYLINE EMAIL TRAIL
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After this conference call apparently took place it was again Jho Low who proceeded to initiate more formal written introductions between the 1MDB team and their future joint venture partners, through an email entitled “re-Introductions for PSI and 1MDB” – at this stage the two companies were only 10 days away from signing their initial billion dollar deal on 29th September.
YAB PM Najib Razak - friend of Jho Low
YAB PM Najib Razak – friend of Jho Low
During this initial email introduction of September 18th, Jho Low again insinuated that he was representing the highest authorities, in this case the “YAB PM” directly, in the matter.
The twenty-something tycoon again focused on playing up PetroSaudi’s owner Prince Turki’s royal connection, impressing on the 1MDB Chief Executive an entirely untrue assertion, which was that the negotiations were officially connected to “furthering Saudi-Malaysia bi-lateral ties”.
This is not the only time that the correspondence shows Jho Low assuming a quasi governmental and diplomatic status in his dealings between Malaysia and the Middle East. Did the Foreign Ministry know anything about it and if not, whom was Jho Low representing?
“I am pleased to confirm as per YAB Prime Minister’s discussions with HM King Abdullah Al-Saud on furthering Saudi-Malaysia bi-lateral ties, together with YAB PM’s discussions with HRH Prince Turki Al-Saud, PetroSaudi and 1MDB is on track with respect to your USd2.5b JVC partnership. YAB PM has confirmed that he looks forward to the signing ceremony on 28 September 2009 to be attended by HRH Prince Turki Al-Saud.”  said Jho Low to 1MDB’s Shahrol Halmi 18th September.
[INTRODUCTIONS EMAIL]
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Shahrol Halmi - out of the loop
Shahrol Halmi – out of the loop
Jho Low had also reassured his 1MDB correspondents, therefore, that they were “on track with respect to your USD$2.5 billion Joint Venture partnership”, despite having been advised from the start that PetroSaudi would be bringing zero cash to the deal, only its supposed assets.
The extent to which Shahrol Halmi was still playing catch up is revealed later in the same email trail, when the 1MDB chief admitted two days later on 20th September that he had yet to receive or read anything about the company he was due to start billion dollar joint venture negotiations with the following week in London:
From: Shahrol Halmi [mailto:shahrol.halmi@tia.com.my]
Sent: Sunday, 20 September, 2009 10:40 AM
To: Low, Jho (Personal); Tarek Obaid
Cc: ‘Casey Tang'; Patrick Mahony; Robert Ho
Subject: RE: Introductions for PSI and 1MDB
Importance: High
Dear Tarek, pleased to make your acquaintance. Looking forward to meeting face to face next week.   I understand that you’ve couriered over a copy of PSI’s company profile late last week. Unfortunately it being a long weekend over here in Malaysia, we haven’t received anything yet. [1MDB CEO Shahrol Halmi, 20th Sept]
In response Patrick Mahony sent him on Tarek’s behalf:
“a brief presentation. This is a bit dated and only includes the upstream oil and gas ambition of PSI (it also does not have any asset specific data) but should give you a sense of what we are about.” Mahoney also warned Halmi that PSI isvery press shy” .. .(one of the main reasons governments like to work with us)” and he therefore required to be sent advance drafts of any planned publicity.
[POWER POINT PRESENTATION ATTACHED]
Three days later on Wednesday 23rd September a team from 1MDB, including Halmi, was already over in London, supposedly negotiating the terms of the deal.
Yet again, the correspondence shows the whole set up was organised and arranged by Jho Low, with his assistant Li Lin Seet contacting PetroSaudi beforehand to strategise the meeting at the offices of oil company’s own lawyers, White & Case.
Jho Low would of course attend as a go-between, as the emails made clear:
From: Seet Li Lin [mailto:seet.lilin@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 21 September, 2009 2:06 PM
To: Patrick Mahony
Subject: Meeting in LDN
Hi Patrick,
Jho is tied up in meetings and could not do the call. He requests that you bcc himself and me in any correspondence to 1MDB. Also, the meeting on Wednesday is expected from 11am to 5pm. Can you get White and Case to book 2 meeting rooms. 1 for 1MDB and PSI. 1 for Jho and PSI.
In the same email exchange Seet explains to PetroSaudi’s Patrick Mahony that, as far as 1MDB was concerned, matters were a done deal:
“Jho has softened the ground so the 1MDB ppl are expected to come and meet, chat to know each other and sign.”  Seet wrote to Mahony a couple of days beforehand.
SEPARATE MEETING ROOMS EMAIL
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Jho Low crafted the whole Joint Venture deal before either PetroSaudi or 1MDB saw what was the plan

These same emails provide the equally telling information that the first draft copy of the Joint Venture deal to be negotiated with 1MDB was drawn up by Jho Low’s own office.
On the 21st September, two days before negotiations were due to start on the billion dollar deal, that draft was still being eagerly anticipated by Low’s contacts at PetroSaudi.
Mahony Sep 21, 2009 14:34: “ETA for first draft of agreement is still in a few hours…?
Seet Li Lin 21 Sep 2009 15:54:21: “Hi, give us a couple more hours for JVA”
PetroSaudi’s Patrick Mahony then suggests to Seet that his lawyers and Jho Low’s lawyers should first liaise with each other, before they contacted 1MDB’s lawyers, about the content of the proposed Joint Venture document being drawn up by Jho Low’s team in New York:
From: Patrick Mahony,
To: Li Lin Seet (gmail),
Subject: RE: Meeting in LDN Sent: Sep 21, 2009 13:26
“I also need to get the 1mdb lawyer and my lawyer in touch asap. I will wait until you send the jva but what i suggest is that when you send me the jva, you introduce me to your lawyers by email and then i will forward the jva to my lawyers and introduce my lawyers to your lawyers. Thanks”,
The inescapable conclusion is that the jet-lagged team, arriving from Malaysia the next day, had acted as little more than on-lookers in the drawing up of this ‘joint venture’, for which only they would be putting up any cash, on behalf of the Malaysian public.
According to the contract about to be place on the table in front of them USD$1 billion was due on day one, with a further drawing rights available of up to USD$5 billion.

Final moves – how Jho Low orchestrated a “loan repayment” due to PetroSaudi into a “premium” destined for his own Good Star account

Last week Sarawak Report triggered outrage when it revealed the details of the original Joint Venture Agreement, signed by 1MDB and PetroSaudi on 29th September 2009, which till then had been kept secret.
Key player - Jho Low's side kick Li Lin Seet, signatory of Good Star
Key player – Jho Low’s side kick Li Lin Seet, signatory of Good Star
The reason for the anger was discovery of a massive USD$700 million “loan repayment” obligation placed on 1MDB, supposedly due to ‘pay back a loan’ owed to PetroSaudi’s parent company on the signing of the deal.
It had been agreed this money would be paid out of the billion dollars contributed by 1MDB, writing off 2/3 of its investment.
However, telling emails written by Patrick Mahony at the very same time to the Swiss private bank BSI, show that while the money was being described as a loan repayment under the terms of the joint venture, he preferred to describe this whopping sum as a “premium” (bonus) to the prospective recipient bank:
From: Patrick.Mahony@Petrosaudi.com
To: chr.zuc.a1@bsibank.com
Subject: Additional information please
“….The 700m is premium that was made in the transaction and will be used to fund future transactions in any sector (not necessarily oil and gas)
EMAIL: ‘LOAN’ OR ‘PREMIUM’?
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This explanation given by Mahony to BSI clearly contrasts with the reason provided in the joint venture agreement for the removal of the money, which said that PetroSaudi’s parent company had injected the loan into the subsidiary it had created to take part in the deal – but then (naturally) expected the money back once the joint venture was signed.
Jho Low's lawyer, Tiffany Heah
Jho Low’s lawyer, Tiffany Heah
Our research has shown that this careful repayment provision had been written in to the very first draft of the agreement, provided by Jho Low’s own legal team in New York, which was sent over to PetroSaudi by lawyer Tiffany Heah.
From: Tiffany Heah
To: Patrick Mahony
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:36:37 -0400
Subject: JVA
Attachment(s): 1
DRAFT ORIGINAL JOINT VENTURE DOCUMENT FROM JHO LOW’S LAWYERS
It can be seen through a series of drafts over the course of the following week that the PetroSaudi legal team from White & Case in London, headed by the lawyer Tim Buckland, then re-wrote, added to and refined the clause, arguably strengthening its provisions, while making the wording more subtle.
FINAL JV DOCUMENT
That entire process was completed in just one week, between the presentation of Jho Low’s original version of the contract at the key first London meeting on 23rd September and the signing of the joint venture on 29th.
And during that fevered period, this expensive team of London lawyers kindly provided a couple of power point presentations, in order to break down the whole procedure for the less gifted brains involved:
JOINT VENTURE STRUCTURE STEPS PLAN POWER POINT
One of the most interesting aspects of the above White & Case power point presentation, designed for the negotiations for 1MDB 23rd September, is how closely it resembles the presentation sent over to PetroSaudi by Jho Low’s underling Li Lin Seet a week earlier on September 14th:
From: SEET Li Lin
To: Patrick Mahony, Tarek.Obaid@petrosaudi.com
CC: Jho Low, Tiffany Heah
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 02:17:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Proposed conference call: 330pm (US Eastern time)
Attachment(s): 1
Dear Tarek and Patrick,
We will be using the following set of presentation for our discussion.
Do let me know if the proposed timing is good for you all.
JOINT VENTURE STRUCTURE INTERNAL PRESENTATION POWER POINT
Shortly after the signing of the deal Buckland resigned his position at White and Case and took up his present job – as a Director of PetroSaudi.
"Seen no evidence" that Jho Low has ever been involved - CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy
“Seen no evidence” that Jho Low has ever been involved – CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy
Likewise, Patrick Mahony, who had been employed as an investment banker by the hedge fund Ashmore during the period of his engagement in the PetroSaudi negotiations, also resigned his position straight after, in favour of a Directorship at PetroSaudi’s plush, brand new offices in Curzon Street, in the heart of London’s Mayfair
Yet, despite all the evidence, 1MDB’s brand new CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy, was still maintaining last week in statements to journalists that he has been able to find no evidence whatsoever of any involvement by Jho Low in the affairs of 1MDB.

Bank transfers

What that evidence goes on to show is that the critical manoeuvres for transferring the USD$700 million “loan” cum “premium” into the control of Jho Low took place straight after the signing of the agreement on the 29th September – that and Jho Low was involved and copied in on every step.
Jho Low - on the case with 1MDB
Jho Low – on the case with 1MDB
We have copies of a ‘PetroSaudi Loan Agreement’, which had been drawn up by White & Case indicating that this vast sum of money had been loaned from the parent company PetroSaudi Cayman Holdings to 1MDB PetroSaudi on 25th September.
The letter was signed by PetroSaudi’s boss, the twenty something Tarek Obaid.
However, there is no evidence to suggest that this ‘loan’ was anything apart from an entirely contrived transaction between two arms of PetroSaudi, a company with very little working capital.
Three days later 1MDB was committed to pay it back in hard currency.
PETROSAUDI LOAN AGREEMENT 25th Sept 09
In order to complete the heist of $700 million from 1MDB into the Jho Low controlled account that was waiting for it, the CEO of 1MDB Shahrol Halmi needed to concede to a ‘repayment’ request under the joint venture agreement crafted by Jho Low.
The documentation for this completion of the deal was again clearly collaborated between Jho Low and Patrick Mahony’s team of lawyers from White & Case.
Mahony sent Jho Low an email on 30th September entitled Funding/ Completion Instructions and Documentation, which contained 7 crucial documents, including a so-called letter of demand for the $700 million ‘loan’ as well as last minute instructions on bank account changes:
EMAIL FUNDING / COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS AND DOCUMENTATION
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The letter of demand, signed by PetroSaudi CEO Tarek Obaid, to 1MDB required the immediate “repayment of the “loan” of $700 million from the 1MDB PetroSaudi joint venture company to what he describes as “the bank account of our affiliate PetroSaudi International Limited”.
Pterosaur boss cited a Good Star account for receiving the 'repayment'
PetroSaudi CEO had cited a Good Star account for “Final Crediting”
However, Sarawak Report has been able to establish from the extensive documentation that the above account at RBS Coutts in Zurich did not in fact belong to PetroSaudi, or to an affiliate.
Rather it was registered in the name of a company called Good Star Limited, which is a company controlled by Jho Low.
Account details for Good Star match the 1MDB payment
Mahony and Tarek Obaid received payments from Good Star – their account details for Good Star match the 1MDB payment
This means that the money, which was stated as having been paid back to PetroSaudi as part of the joint venture agreement, was in fact signed over by Tarek Obaid to an entirely separate third party, Good Star Limited.
Signatory for Good Star is Li Lin Seet
Signatory for Good Star is Li Lin Seet
Jho Low has publicly stated, time and again, that he has had nothing whatsoever to do with the investment activities of 1MDB and that he has received no money or benefits from the development fund.
However, Sarawak Report has established from the documentation that the signatory and Chief Investment Officer for Good Star was none other than Jho Low’s deputy Li Lin Seet.
Seet had acted as the tycoon’s key right hand man throughout the management of the deal between 9th-29th September 2009 and was copied in on all the correspondence we have received relating to the deal.
Chief Investment Officer and signatory of Good Star
Chief Investment Officer and signatory of Good Star
The Singapore number listed above, was included in a contract signed on 29th September between Good Star and Patrick Mahony, straight after the joint venture agreement with 1MDB.
We have established that it still belongs to Seet Li Lin, who is now the Vice-President of Jho Low’s company Jynwel Capital.
Seet returned our call made to this number last week, confirming his identity and his role at Jynwel.  But, when we asked about Good Star and his role as its Chief Investment Officer he said:
“What? I don’t know what you are talking about” and then turned off his phone.

Shahrol Halmi knew all along – RBS Coutts, the Queen of England’s own bank

Yet another email trail in this fascinating set of documents involves last minute frantic interchanges between the banks involved in transferring this huge sum of money to Good Star.
These make clear that the head of 1MDB knew that this company was the destination for the $700 million, not an affiliate of PetroSaudi.
Because, when 1MDB’s own bank, Deutsche Bank Malaysia, came back asking for confirmation on behalf of RBS Coutts Zurich as to the identity of “the beneficiary with regard to the 1MDB remittance” Halmi replied to his banking officer Jacqueline Ho:
From : Shahrol Halmi
Date : Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:21:15 -0400
To : ‘jacqueline.ho@db.com’ ; Casey Tang
Subject : Re: RESEND : URGENT REQUEST OF RBS COUTTS

Jac, please use this address for GOOD STAR LIMITED.
P.O.Box 1239, Offshore Incorporation Centre, Victoria, Mahe, Republic of Seychelles
Thanks
The PetroSaudi team and Jho Low were copied into this email exchange and Jho Low commented to Patrick Mahony:
“Shld be cleared soon. Pls update tarek.”
Surely, the head of 1MDB must have been aware that Good Star was an account that had nothing to do with PetroSaudi’s official company structure, since there was no record of it in the PetroSaudi International group of companies?
EMAILS URGENT REQUEST OF RBS COUTTS
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Thanks to Halmi’s positive intervention, the $700 million transfer appears to have been finally banked later that day.
Jho Lo’s side-kick Li Lin Seet provided a series of comments on Facebook during this period of dealmaking. On September 30th, the day the money was transferred from 1MDB he gushed:
The deal is clinched
The deal is clinched
Ten days later, with the money securely transferred, he and his friends were clearly living it up in Vegas:
Raining Cristal - the world's most expensive champagne thanks to Malaysia's diverted development money?
Raining Cristal – the world’s most expensive champagne – was this all thanks to Malaysia’s diverted development money?
Jho Low’s inner team were not the only ones with reason to celebrate.
On the same day that Tarek Obaid sent his letter of demand to 1MDB, on 29th September, Good Star also issued two contracts, signed by Jho’s underling Li Lin Seet.
One contract was to Tarek Obaid himself, paying him a “broker fee of USD$85 million”‘
DOCUMENT GOOD STAR TAREK
The other contract was from Good Star to Patrick Mahony, hiring him as an Investment Manager for a fund also of $85 million, but with a planned leverage of up to $500 million.
This contract entitled Mahony to a baseline 2% management fee, per annum.
DOCUMENT GOOD STAR MAHONY
Jho Low himself has meanwhile embarked on a career as one of the world’s richest and most flamboyant youthful tycoons.
Research by Sarawak Report indicates that in 2012 he has purchased the most expensive ever mansion in Hollywood Hills at 1423 Oriole Drive, for just under $39million, dwarfing the $17.5m he spent on buying a house for his pal, the PM’s step son Riza Aziz.
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$39 million dollar mansion
He is also believed to be the proud owner of one of the world’s largest ocean-going yachts, which is currently bound from Tahiti towards the Far East:
Jho Low is believed to have taken delivery of Equanimity , the world's 34th biggest yacht in July 2014
Jho Low is believed to have taken delivery of Equanimity , the world’s 34th biggest yacht in July 2014
Low’s Cristal Champagne splashing antics have subsequently, of course, become legendary in the gambling and nightclub hotspots in the world. This phenomenon was notably recorded by the world’s gossip columns from late October in 2009, when he first starting catching the attention of the celebrity writers in the United States.
In recent years the youthful ‘billionaire tycoon’ has concentrated on building a name for himself as a philanthropist in the West, stating just last week to Forbes Magazine that “philanthropy is cool…and good for business and good for PR”.
New look?
New look – is Jho Low a Charity Man?
It seems reasonable, therefore, to ask whether Malaysia’s 1MDB development money has been channeled towards pleasure and debauchery, as well as good causes in the West, instead of helping the intended poor of the country from whence the money has come?

NEXT – SEE HOW THE 1MDB “LOAN REPAYMENT” LINKED WITH THE BUY OUT OF OF SARAWAK’S UBG BANK

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow


Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Beatles : I'll Be Back Again.


BEATLES : Out takes.





Tun Abdul Razak Hussein : A Muslim, a Malaysian, a Malay (I am sure he would want it to be in that order!) husband, father, lawyer, politician and Prime Minister extraordinaire!


Thirty nine years after their father dies his children are having to defend the legacy their old man left? 

This man had to the same Alma mater as I did - the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. 

He was born in the same town as my father was - Pekan, Pahang and shared the same Bugis ancestors as we do. 

The closest I have physically got to this man was at my late Uncle's (Mahmood  Ambak) house when the man was present from time to time during the many parties that my uncle, Pa Ngah Che Mood, liked to throw. 

This man died in the service of his country. 

This man died while still serving his country. 

This man is our Bapa Pembangunan and now has as his last resting place, the Heroes Mausoleum near Masjid Negara - and deservedly so!

I speak of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein : A Muslim, a Malaysian, a Malay (I am sure he would want it to be in that order!) husband, father, lawyer, politician and Prime Minister extraordinaire! 
 
How can this be so? What has happened to make it necessary for his children to defend the legacy of a man who has done so much for our country and our people?

This was the man who refused to build a swimming pool at his official residence Sri Perdana because he was concerned about what the Rakyat would say of that extravagance. 

This was the man who did not want the old brown curtain at Sri Perdana changed because they were, in his opinion, still good. 

This was the man who set up BN to replace the Alliance.

He was amongst the five who founded ASEAN.

He ended Konrontasi in negotiations with Suharto.

And he established diplomatic relations with China.

He also directed his government to gave priority to rural development and education to overcome the two most common reasons for the disparities amongst the racial groups in Malaysia.

His priority was national interest and never personal interest.

Despite the political tension surrounding Tunku’s departure and Razak’s ascension as Prime Minister, Musa remembers his mentor for his gentleness, patience and consultative approach, coupled with his firmness to see a decision through once it was made. These were values, Musa says, that Razak knew were needed to manage a multi religious and multiracial country like Malaysia. 
Musa Hitam.

As a leader, he was never rude, respected as well as respectful. I remember my father telling us that Tun Razak always addresses him as "Che Hamid" .

“Another aspect of Tun Razak’s personality was with regard to crowds. He was not too happy that there should be a crowd to send him off when he went overseas and a crowd to welcome him back. To him, these people would be more productive to be in their offices doing some work. He was a low-profile person who preferred be unobtrusive and un-noticed.”

The story of him flying off to Kelantan on official duty and leaving behind Toh Puan Rahah to find her own way there by private car because he did not want people to accuse him of abusing his office as the good Toh Puan was not a paid civil servant. As Head of MAGERAN — the National Operations Council, he had absolute power to decide in her favour and even the government’s Chief Secretary sanctioned it. But no, the late Tun led by example, and he was certainly not going to compromise his principles.
The Unmaking of Malaysia – Insider’s Reminiscences of UMNO, Razak and Mahathir by AHMAD MUSTAPHA HASSAN

"We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
"We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue."
- See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Najib-s-wealth-So-was-it-family-inheritance-or-not#sthash.46ELwHFQ.dpuf
All this, this man was and more. So why has his children now have to defend his legacy?

I can answer this question with one word:

ROSMAH

A Rosmah Mansor aided and abetted by one of Tun Razak's own children, Najib!

Enough Said!

Najib's four brothers, Datuk Johari, Datuk Nizam, Datuk Nazim, and Datuk Seri Nazir said in their three-paragraph statement: "We are extremely concerned that some recent news articles and postings have given rise to speculation as to the nature and extent of the inheritance that our late father, Tun Abdul Razak, had left behind.
"We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
"We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue."
- See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Najib-s-wealth-So-was-it-family-inheritance-or-not#sthash.R5YPKFAD.dpuf
Najib's four brothers, Datuk Johari, Datuk Nizam, Datuk Nazim, and Datuk Seri Nazir said in their three-paragraph statement: "We are extremely concerned that some recent news articles and postings have given rise to speculation as to the nature and extent of the inheritance that our late father, Tun Abdul Razak, had left behind.
"We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.
"We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue."
- See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Najib-s-wealth-So-was-it-family-inheritance-or-not#sthash.R5YPKFAD.dpuf