Hey Big Spender!
17 Aug 2015Prime Minister Najib Razak splashed over US$1 million on his credit cards during the month of August in the year following the election, according to information received by Sarawak Report.
The spending took place in Europe while he was on a summer holiday.
For most people to run up such a bill on mere expenses while on holiday would seem astounding, but the Prime Minister has always declined to explain how such conspicuous spending has been funded.
The bills were run up on two cards Najib was using in August 2014, a Visa and a MasterCard from CIMB & Maybank.
Over RM2.8 million was spent from the MasterCard and around RM500,000 was splashed on the Visa in just the one month. Sarawak Report has further details.
Where does Malaysia’s ‘First Family’ get all their money?
This is just the latest information about conspicuous spending by Najib and his wife, but it comes after Malaysia was left wondering why he had transferred US$650 million out of the country, from money which he had earlier explained a donation to UMNO.
The Prime Minister and his wife have attracted world-wide scrutiny caused by their ostentatiousness. In the United States news has seeped out of a jaw-dropping bill covering Rosmah’s stay at the Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills, while spending Christmas with her son Riza in 2013.
Her bill for a week’s stay at the Hotel was over US$300,000, reliable sources have informed us.
There have been numerous other reports of eye-catching spending, including the millions spent this year on the couple’s extended wedding celebrations for Rosmah’s daughter and a series of expensive houses purchased for Riza Aziz in the United States.
Last month Sarawak Report detailed how Rosmah’s fabled addiction to buying hugely expensive jewellery is managed through the same businessman who has been identified as the Prime Minister’s proxy at 1MDB, Jho Low.
It would therefore be incumbent on any Prime Minister in a country governed by the rule of law to give an account with regard to the series of unsustainable claims that have recently been made about supposed anonymous and secret ‘donations’ to UMNO in his personal account and missing billions from 1MDB being held in ‘units’ in banks.
Najib Razak has noticeably failed to deny our statement last week that over US$650 million were transferred back from his personal account in KL, supposedly managing the secret ‘donation’ from an anonymous source on behalf of UMNO, to the account in Falcon Bank in Singapore from where US$681 had originally been paid.
Our information is that there was in fact over a billion dollars from various sources in this particular AmPrivate Bank account in KL, belonging to Najib, in the period preceding what has been widely recognised as a bought election.
The US$650 was what remained when he closed the account in August 2013.
The Prime Minister has now after weeks of implied denial admitted the payment into this account of US$681 million, but is remaining silent over our latest information about where the remainder of this and the other sums was transferred.
He has also provided no evidence of a shred of accountability over the expenditure of money that he says he was holding on behalf of the party and “not for personal use”.
Instead, his supporters have started to imply that a Malaysian Prime Minister (unlike for example a US President) should be considered to be above the law in and that any attempt to investigate this matter should be treated as a crime, rather than any crime itself.
The same supporters are now also claiming that the hallowed tradition of a vote of no confidence in a Prime Minister (used as the standard tool in parliaments across the world for getting rid of duds) should also be considered and illegal and unconstitutional device in Malaysia against Najib Razak.
The rest of Malaysia, however, will be forced in the absence of credible explanations to make inevitable deductions regarding the unexplained disappearances of public money and the coincidental but equally unexplained conspicuous spending of the person who was last handling it. - Sarawak Report
I think its high time for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to take legal action against Sarawak Report for telling lies and reporting absurd stories about him, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Datin Seri's son Reza Aziz.
This time around they are also reporting about Najib's credit card expenses. This is a BIG no. How could Sarawak Report do that? There must be a leakage somewhere. But wait, don't waste time on small flies. Sarawak Report's informers and moles can't sort this out, unless they have been fabricating evidence or tampering documents. Even Xavier Justo has not tampered or fabricated evidence as alleged earlier.
Obtaining a warrant of arrest against Sarawak Report editor and journalist Clare Newcastle Brown that could not be served or executed is also just as good as sending a wish list to Santa Claus.
If whatever that Sarawak Report has reported so far, especially those abuse of power/corruption/money laundering/cheating and treachery allegations are nothing but fabricated lies against Najib and family then the Prime Minister has no choice but to sue Sarawak Report.
Blocking access to Sarawak Report is not a solution. In fact blocking the site has now made it more popular that it is available through so many other platforms and sites (I get my feed through FB, Twitter and smartphone social messaging applications now while previously you had to search for the site on the WWW).
Whoever came up with the idea of blocking access to Sarawak Report, without any justification from MCMC to-date, have certainly not done the Prime Minister a favour (if that was indeed the intention).
Suppose the Prime Minister's lawyers are still busy seeking expert advice/opinions/etc before suing the Wall Street Journal for its reports about the detailed money trail of approximately RM2.6 billion making its way into his personal account, may I also suggest for the learned lawyers to include Sarawak Report in their list of 'those who must be sued' to clear Najib's name.
Remember that this is not just about Najib the son of an illustrious former Prime Minister. It is very much about a serving Prime Minister of Malaysia and his flamboyantly popular wife and her son. How dare Sarawak Report talk about our first lady's handbags.
Sue them all. Najib should sue Tun Dr Mahathir too for saying "Najib has basically stolen the Government."
p.s. Big Spender is NOT spenda besar.