Extended data from task force investigations into payments from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s 1MDB-funded AmBank accounts has now been received by Sarawak Report.
It shows that a number of companies and individuals received very large sums indeed, usually through a series of payments from the Prime Minister.
Given it has been confirmed by the US Dept of Justice and local task force investigations that this money originated from thefts from 1MDB, it is time these entities explained the reason why they were paid.
Sarawak Report has already listed payments to Najib’s family, his close lawyer contact Shafee Abdullah, Sarawak crony Bustari Yusuf, UMNO HQ and allied political parties. We have also highlighted the evidence that millions in cash were also extracted and presumably circulated to various entities. What about these further companies and individuals?
Centre For Strategic Engagement (CENSE)
In our original article featuring the agency CENSE (Centre for Strategic Engagement) we identified RM1.3 million paid to them by Najib. Since then their website has been down, under-going ‘maintenance’. However, further figures now obtained show that the company and also its individual directors received much more substantial payments in the time period 2012-15.
The company also set up a Chinese business radio station under the CENSE trademark, which also received payment from Najib:
Director Soong Fui Kiun received a number of direct payments in her own name from Najib’s account number 2112022009694, including RM1.5 million on 22/10/12 and RM1 million on 11/1/13. She received a further two payments of RM1 million on 14th March and 18th April 2013, making a total of RM4.5 million received in her own name.
A further ten separate payments to CENSE itself between October 2012 and February 2015 from the same account totalled RM6.75 million, including a half million ringgit payment to CENSE Media.
Rita Sim, Sim Sai Hoon, received a personal payment of RM1.2 million 4th April 2012.
Other companies, who seem to be in the occupation of providing so-called ‘election goodies’, including handout packs, satchels and so forth, also received much more than originally realised. The company Solar Shine Sdn Bhd received 35 payments between February 2012 and February 2015 totalling a staggering RM117 million.
Red Bag Industry Sdn Bhd received 15 payments in the run up to the election totalling RM13.28 million.
Another communications company named MASCOM Communications received nine payments during the pre-election period totalling RM15.4 million. Likewise, an outfit named Orb Solutions Sdn Bhd, which is run by an employee from his own office and a senior executive from Astro satellite TV. Sarawak Report has already revealed the company receieved RM68 million, according to the same figures.
Jakel Trading, on the other hand, is a luxury furnishing shop that indicates more personal spending. Sarawak Report has obtained further figures which show that Najib paid the store a whopping RM44 million. Likewise, the Prime Minister paid a total of RM17 million to the Yayasan Rahah Foundation, which was founded by his mother. Once again, this money came from the accounts funded by money taken from 1MDB.
Semarak Konsortium Satu Sdn Bhd
Malaysians ought surely to be interested to know the function and purpose of another company to which the Prime Minister forwarded no less than 38 payments in the same period totalling RM23 million.
Semarak Konsortium Satu Sdn Bhd is controlled by Director and 50% shareholder of the company, Mohd Omar Bin Mustapha alongside Rozita Binti Ramelan, who appears to be his wife:
Sarawak Report has already identified Omar bin Mustapha as a key provider of speeches for Najib through his company Ethos Consulting.
We have also exposed his connections with the PetroSaudi Director Tarek Obaid and his brother Nawaf Obaid in a clear black propaganda campaign that was waged against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in the United States during 2010. However, the payments to Semarak Konsortium were later, between March 2011 and February 2014.
So, what were Omar and his wife being paid for this time out of 1MDB money?
Another chap connected to Najib’s Office also appeared to receive several repeat cheques. This was Mohamad Fatmi Che Salleh, who is described in Wikipedia as “one of the longest serving Political Secretaries to the Deputy Prime Minister (Then) and Prime Minister of Malaysia”. This plainly trusted worker, who is also senior within UMNO in Kota Bharu received six separate payments from Najib’s later account 2112022011906 funded by SRC totalling RM1.9 million.
The developer Lim Soon Peng also received more payments than previously recorded by Sarawak Report, according to our now extended figures. There were nine separate payments totalling just over RM3 million. What for?
More election expenses
Brandworth Corp. received a RM6.5 million cheque on 3rd May 2013 and RM5.69 million earlier on 8th April. According to blogger RPK, who owns and runs the Malaysia Today website, “Brandworth Corporation is a company that managed Barisan Nasional’s media strategy in the previous general election”.
RPK claims it was raided by the MACC in October 2015, presumably not least because it had been secretly funded by Najib from stolen 1MDB cash.
Another company to get multi-million ringgit payments from the same accounts during the same period was Media Link Direct, which received five payments between March and April 2013 totalling RM10.5 million.
This company specialises in pushing materials online to social media, which is a handy election tool. Again Najib helped himself to 1MDB money to fund this advantage that was not available to the opposition parties operating within the funds they could legitimately raise.
Another high earner, apparently within the same field at the same time, was the company Zeal High Tech Solutions, which received RM4.5 million 2nd April 2014 and RM9 million 29th March. Zeal is also in the business of pumping messages through social media, presumably part of Najib’s ‘Cyber-warfare’, funded by theft:
” Zeal’s speciality is what we call Customized Information Delivery OR CID systems. CID systems allows you to customize and deliver the information you want to your target audience, knowing full well that that you are delivering the exact information your target audience needs.”
A number of politicians pop up in the list as receiving cheques here and there. Sarawak’s Jacob Sagan received a standard hand out of RM200,000, whereas Richard Riot got RM100,000. Ahmad Maslan on the other hand got a handsome RM1 million.
Director General of Military Intelligence!
There are other names and companies on the list, but one in particular stands out. On 8th of April 2013 Najib Razak paid a check to ‘Ketua Pengarah Perisikan Pertahanan’ (DPPP), for a handsome RM7 million.
Perhaps Lt General Datuk Abdul Hadi Bin Haji Hussin, who occupies the role, could explain why this service was receiving a personal cheque from the Prime Minister (paid out of 1MDB’s stolen money) just a month before the last election?