Again, a contribution from an In-Sights reader who is closely following the situation in Malaysia and asking why British Columbia wants to trust part of its economic future to these people.
On Friday an Australian Broadcasting Corporation news story – written by Linton Besser, Jaya Balendra, Elise Worthington – was published in Malaysia.
“I think there is an atmosphere of total terror.”
It’s a story of intrigue, corruption and multiple murders, stretching from the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, to Switzerland, France and the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, all the way to Australia’s doorstep.
“You know I can’t talk much, he said, because my phone might be bugged”.
The money involved is astonishing.
“The person who made the gift must be extremely rich to be able to just give away US$681 million. “The fact that it’s going to the personal account of the Prime Minister is unprecedented.”
It may have been another routine application of media-repression-as-usual but perhaps it wasn’t clever once again to arrest, detain and then kick out another team of Australian journalists.
This time the ejectees weren’t a band of Australian stringers working for Al Jazeera but instead a “4 Corners” Australian Broadcasting Corporation team reporting from Malaysia.
Unlike Canada’s steadfast media passivity the Aussies are joining European and American media in exposing the specifics behind collapsing democratic standards in Malaysia.
Included in the Malaysia Chronicle article above are 3 especially informative videos which further develop the story’s background.
The date for release of the 4 Corners video appears in the link below…
State of Fear, reported by Linton Besser and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 28th March at 8.30pm EDT. It is replayed on Tuesday 29th March at 10.00am and Wednesday 30th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.
For those interested in why so many news outlets are covering Malaysia, these stories are what all the fuss is about.
Opponents of Malaysian PM Najib Razak step up drive to oust him, The Straits Times, March 27, 2016
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum said on Sunday (March 27) they plan to present a petition to the country’s Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis.
The highly unusual grouping of heavyweights from the ruling party, the opposition and civil society groups was formed in early March, when it issued a call to “save” Malaysia from disaster by removing Mr Najib.
A succession of speakers pressed that demand during a rally attended by several hundred supporters on Sunday, accusing Mr Najib of using his office to thwart scrutiny of the graft allegations and avoid justice.
“(Najib’s) leadership undermines the very existence of our institutions,” said former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, around whom the movement has coalesced.
“We want the rule of law and the actions of Najib has destroyed it. He no longer deserves to be the prime minister,” he said at the gathering near the capital….
Mr Najib, 62, is under pressure over allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from a state firm he founded, and over his own acceptance of a mysterious US$681 million (S$935 million) payment from overseas….