MARA guna 7 syarikat serata dunia untuk sembunyikan pembelian hartanah di Australia yang dituduh melibatkan rasuah. Jika tidak ada apa yang salah, kenapa perlu disembunyikan sedemikian rupa?
Gambar dan dokumen disini
STRUKTUR SYARIKAT MARA INC MEMUDAHKAN PENYELEWENGAN, TAN SRI ANUAR MUSA MELAWAT HARTANAH
National Oversight & Whistleblowers (NOW) merujuk kepada kenyataan-kenyataan Tan Sri Anuar Musa kebelakangan ini mengenai skandal pembelian hartanah oleh MARA Inc; seperti berikut:
1. Beliau memberi gambaran seolah-olah beliau tidak tahu menahu mengenai kontroversi pembelian itu sehinggalah isu itu ditimbulkan
2. Beliau memberi gambaran bahawa berdasarkan maklumat yang ada pada MARA, pembelian itu adalah baik dan tidak ada apa-apa yang menimbulkan syak wasangka mengenai urusniaga tersebut
Minggu lalu, saya (Rafizi Ramli) berada di Australia untuk beberapa urusan dan sempat membuat siasatan ringkas mengenai pembelian hartanah-hartanah tersebut.
Saya berjaya mendapatkan satu dokumen dalaman MARA yang digunakan di dalam satu taklimat kepada Tan Sri Anuar Musa dan delegasi MARA mengenai pembelian hartanah ini.
Taklimat itu diberikan pada 20 Mei 2014 di Melbourne dan selain dari Tan Sri Anuar Musa sendiri, delegasi MARA itu turut disertai oleh Dato’ Lan Allani iaitu individu yang dikaitkan bertanggungjawab dengan pembelian hartanah ini.
Lawatan delegasi MARA ini untuk melawat hartanah yang baru dibeli di Melbourne dilaporkan oleh Kementerian Luar Negara di laman webnya.
Gambar-gambar lawatan seperti berikut:
Dokumen dalaman yang berbentuk taklimat kepada Tan Sri Anuar Musa dan delegasi MARA itu memberi beberapa maklumat penting mengenai keseluruhan pelaburan hartanah MARA Inc di Melbourne. Baca seterusnya
PKR MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli reveals a copy of an internal Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) briefing document that shows more than one piece of private property was bought in Australia and questions why so much effort was made to hide its purchases.
Annuar, we have copy of internal briefing...
Mara chairperson Annuar Musa’s supposed inaction over the purchase of four properties in Melbourne, Australia, has yet again been questioned, this time by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
Annuar should have launched an investigation immediately after his official visit to Melbourne on May 20 last year, instead of just two months ago, Rafizi, who is the MP for Pandan, said today.
Quoting “insiders” at a briefing purportedly attended by Annuar in Melbourne, Rafizi said it was revealed that the purchase of the four properties had involved seven companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Labuan, Singapore and Australia.
These companies acted as as layers of intermediaries for Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd, which Rafizi (photo) said should have aroused suspicion.
“From this information, it is clear that the property purchases were structured to hide them from public knowledge by using offshore companies in the BVI, or through layers of companies registered in different countries, to separate them from Mara Inc.
“The use of these different companies should not only arouse suspicion, for it has also chalked up large management and administrative costs to Mara,” Rafizi, who heads the NGO National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW), told a press conference.
'Fully shrouded in secrecy'
Citing presentation slides supposedly presented at the briefing, Rafizi said the Mara Inc has full ownership of one intermediary based in the BVI, through which it owns a property at 746, Swanston Street, and the student flats at Dudley International House.
"Using a BVI company means all the financial and operational procedures about the company are fully shrouded in secrecy and not available in public searches," he said.
Mara also allegedly has full ownership of another two companies based in Labuan. Each of these two companies wholly own a separate company in Singapore, and each, in turn, wholly owns an Australian company.
One of these Australian companies has direct and full ownership of the property at 333, Exhibition Street, while the other company has the same for the property at 51, Queen Street.
To a question, Rafizi told Malaysiakini after the press conference that he was provided with the information and slides by a whistleblower last week.
He said the information he was given is corroborated information that is already publically available.
Mara's properties in Melbourne have been under the spotlight over the past week after Australian newspapers reported that Mara had purchased the Dudley House property at an inflated price.
The excess money from the purchase, amounting to A$4.75 million (RM13.7 million), was then allegedly laundered out of Australia to pay Malaysian officials as kickbacks.
More to come from Rafizi
The Australian federal police have launched raids in Melbourne to seize evidence of the supposed corruption, while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has promised a full investigation.
At a press conference last Wednesday, Annuar had said that Mara was not aware of any kickbacks and as far as it is concerned, it had purchased the property below market value and it is making money above projections
While pledging full cooperation with investigations, he said Mara Inc has seven days to report the Mara Council regarding the allegations.
The deadline expires tomorrow, and the Mara council will wait till next week to decide what to do with its investment arm and its chairperson Mohammad Lan Allani, who have been implicated in the deal.
Rafizi also told reporters that he would be revealing more of alleged improprieties in Mara’s Melbourne property deals at another press conference tomorrow, this time focusing on whether the properties have generated sufficient returns on Mara’s investment.
When contacted later, Annuar told Malaysiakini that Rafizi's revelations were stale, and that he was sure that the investigating authorities were already aware of the situation. - mk
Terdapat elemen rasuah dan ada dokumen bukti, kata The Age ...
Beberapa penilai hartanah bagi pangsapuri Dudley International House di Melbourne membuat perakuan bersumpah berhubung peningkatan nilai hartanah berkenaan sekali gus menepis dakwaan Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), mereka membayar lebih rendah daripada harga pasaran, kata The Age.
Wartawan dan pengarang serantau akhbar Australia itu memberitahu The Malaysian Insider, berdasarkan bukti yang mereka perolehi dalam mendedahkan transaksi membuktikan "terdapat keraguan yang munasabah" ke atas kenaikan harga dan amalan rasuah melibatkan pegawai Malaysia.
"Dakwaan nilai hartanah tidak melambung adalah palsu. Penilai mengakui dalam perakuan bersumpah di mahkamah harganya meningkat daripada AS$17.8 juta kepada AS$22.5 juta," wartawan Nick McKenzie memberitahu The Malaysian Insider dalam emel yang dihantarnya semalam.
McKenzie berkata, akhbar itu juga mempunyai "invois palsu" bagi membuktikan sememangnya terdapat amalan rasuah.
"Kertas kerja ini semua juga boleh diberikan kepada pihak berkuasa Malaysia. Ia sudah berada di tangan polis persekutuan Australia," katanya. Baca seterusnya di sini.
Melbourne property inflated, bribery involved, says The Age on Mara deal
Dr M: 'Tampered' 1MDB info claim a ruse...
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed suggestions that 1MDB's critics owe Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak an apology following the arrest of a former executive in PetroSaudi International Ltd.
Mahathir said that the fundamental issue surrounding 1MDB's controversial joint-venture with PetroSaudi was the return of USD1.9 billion in funds after the deal went sour.
In a posting on his blog today, Mahathir said Najib had told Parliament that 1MDB had loaned USD1.9 billion to PetroSaudi's subsidiary to reduce the risk on its equity holding.
"Giving a loan to a JV(Joint Venture)partner who was found unsuitable as a JV partner would increase the risk, not reduce it.
"When the JV was dissolved after only 6 months of its formation, it must be because 1MDB realised that the venture was bad.
"What it should do is to demand the equity and the loan amounting to US1.9 billion be returned. Instead it was converted into a loan (murabahah).
"Having given this US1.9 billion loan, where is the money now?" asked Mahathir.
Tampered? So what?
Thus far, the government has suggested that the money was first parked in the Cayman Islands before it was transferred to BSI Singapore.
However, 1MDB and Putrajaya had described what was being held in BSI Singapore was "units", without further elaboration.
This had been the focus of 1MDB critics, including Mahathir, in recent months.
Recently, the arrest of former PetroSaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo by Thai authorities had led to Putrajaya claiming that criticisms against 1MDB stemmed from "tampered" documents supplied by the rogue former employee.
Details of how the documents were "tampered" have not been made public. The Thai police have made no mention of "tampered" documents and are investigating Justo for blackmailing PetroSaudi.
Regardless of whether Justo had peddled tampered PetroSaudi's documents, Mahathir stressed that the fact that 1MDB loaned USD1.9 billion to its former JV partner remains.
"And after that the investment and the loan of USD700 million was converted to a loan to a partner you (1MDB) no longer believe could deliver through the JV.
"You had some direct control over a JV, but not over the borrower.
"So what has all this to do with Justo blackmailing Petro Saudi: Nothing."
Chain of events
The JV with PetroSaudi was the first deal undertaken by 1MDB back in 2009, after Putrajaya tookover the company from the Terengganu government.
In August 2009, government guarantee bonds were issued to raise RM5 billion and RM3.5 billion was used to enter a JV with PetroSaudi in September.
After the JV was called off six months later, 1MDB's equity stake was converted into a murabahah notes which was valued higher than their initial investment.
Critics have been asking Putrajaya to explain where the money went, in light of leaked PetroSaudi emails pointing to USD700 million being transferred to a company known as Good Star Ltd, which is based in Hong Kong.
Good Star Ltd is controlled by Jho Low, one of Najib's family friends.
The USD700 million was transferred on September 30, 2009 - one day after the JV was sealed. - mk
Mengadili Justo /Just Justo
Dr M: Apa kena-mengena tangkapan Justo?
Hentikan tragedi Greek 1Malaysia sekarang,Najib
Greece - So what exactly is the problem...
This week begins with Greece about to default on its debts, its banks closed indefinitely as citizens panic and rush to withdraw their euros. Next Sunday the people vote on whether to accept the terms of a rescue package offered by Europe, which outlines more cuts to pay and pensions and imposes some steep tax rises.
The result could determine Greece's future in the euro zone and even in the European Union. It will send financial and political shockwaves around the world. The Greeks sent their new government to Brussels with an ultimatum to get the country a better deal, not just a general mandate to 'give it another go' then settle for more austerity policies such as cuts to pensions, wages and public sector jobs.
Basically, Greece was hit hard by the financial crisis, and since then it has borrowed a lot of money that it says it can't pay back – at least not yet. According to calculations by Reuters, it owes its official lenders 242.8 billion euros, with Germany its biggest creditor.
The lenders include the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the ECB (European Central Bank) and the Euro zone governments. Many of the loans don't mature for years, even decades.
However some do. In particular, Greece was due to pay 1.6 billion euros to the IMF by the end of June in overdue interest. After that, 3.5 billion is due to the ECB on July 20, and another 3.2 billion in August. On top of that, more than 8 billion euros in short-term bills are due over the next two months.
Greece says it has scraped together all the money it can to pay its debts – it even called in cash reserves from councils, hospitals and other public bodies. It says that, to pay the money owed, it would have had to stop paying money into pensions and public wages – which it refuses to do.
What happens if Greece doesn't get the rescue money?
Barring further surprises, it will default on at least some of its debts. Sovereign default does have precedents, but it always comes with major economic upheaval. Though the consequences of that are long-term (difficulty finding lenders willing to invest in the country), there will be immediate side-effects.
After months of massive withdrawals, fearing this very crisis, Greece's banks are surviving on emergency credit from the European Central Bank. Without that, they have had to impose capital controls to stop any more money going out.
Greek people will have less money they are able to spend. Business will be unable to invest. The economy will head into recession.
So far the Greek government has refused to countenance 'Grexit'. However if no new rescue deal is negotiated, Greece would have to supply the banks with money itself, or they will collapse. But the government has no money. The only obvious solution is to start printing new money to get cash back into the economy.
This 'new drachma' would effectively mean Greece has left the euro – at least temporarily. The 'new drachma', even if it began on parity with the euro, would quickly lose up to half its value. Essentially, the value of everything in the country would be halved.
There will be high inflation, and the new exchange rate would make imports much more expensive. Life will get even harder for ordinary Greeks and Greek businesses.
On the other hand, some economists say it would stimulate the local economy and, in the long run, leave the country stronger. There is fierce disagreement over this view.
Why would the Greek people possibly want this?
They are sick of austerity. Unemployment has sky-rocketed, wages halved, pensions were slashed, public bodies like hospitals, schools and universities starved of funds.
Many no longer believe that austerity is just a necessary, temporary measure to put the country back on its feet. They believe it is wrecking their economy and their lives. They are willing to take a risk and try something else.
How will all this affect other countries?
The euro is already tumbling on international markets. If Greece defaults it leaves many of its neighbours short. Germany is owed 57 billion euros, France 43 billion, Italy 38 billion and Spain 25 billion – on top of those countries' contributions to the IMF loans.
The loans don't mature for almost 30 years, there is almost no interest on them and some of the loans came with a 10-year moratorium on interest payments, so it's not like the countries need the money back immediately. However it's still a lot to have to take off the bottom line.
Confidence in Europe, and the euro, has been profoundly shaken. Eyes will turn to the continent's other weak economies such as Portugal, Spain and Italy. They may start to lose capital and investment.
Is it just an economic problem?
This could also drastically change the political balance in Europe. If Syriza makes a success out of splitting Greece away from the rest of the continent, it will embolden other nationalistic parties such as the National Front in France or UKIP in the UK.
Future elections in Europe could see a surge in nationalism, a rejection of the European project, potentially enough to threaten Europe's stability as a political union. Speaking of which, the UK is in the early stages of debate on a referendum on whether to stay in Europe, next year. If Europe is a basket case this time next year, public opinion (currently in favour of staying in) may drastically change.
Then there is the question of Russia. Syriza has already made overtures to the Kremlin, with Tsipras a star speaker at Putin's recent big international summit in St Petersburg. If Russia comes to Greece's aid, with money, other support (or both), it will be a new factor in the current Cold War-like tensions between east and west.
Greece has already expressed its anger at Europe and NATO for not doing enough in its regular chest-bumping with Turkey. If Russian warships find a friendly berth in Greek ports, the strategic map of Europe is drastically redrawn.
What happens next?
The next set-piece is a referendum on Sunday, in which Greece votes to accept or reject the terms of the rescue deal most recently proffered in Brussels. Between now and then, of course, anything could happen. If the referendum takes place, and is a 'no', then Grexit appears all but inevitable.
On the other hand if it is a 'yes', then the Syriza government has effectively lost power. It will return to Brussels and hope that the deal is still on the table – which is not guaranteed. And after that, the country will probably pretty quickly go back to the polls to find a new government. - the age
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