The day Najib offered to make America great again By R Nadeswaran
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Malaysiakini : Whether the offers made had materialised is not known but what
Malaysians know is that Najib’s visit was trumpeted as a great success.
reported triumphantly, quoting a White House official as saying that
after the meeting, Trump accompanied Najib to the door to send him off,
instead of them departing at the main floor where the president would
normally send off visiting leaders.
was reminded by one of his officers of this, but he (president) told
him that he will accompany Najib downstairs to depart. Trump said ‘he
(PM) is my friend’,” the agency quoted the official as saying.
in Kuala Lumpur, the local juggernaut swung into action. Letters were
sent to various organisations and political parties to welcome Najib on
his return home. A large crowd was at the airport to receive him.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang was quick off the block when he asked: “Why
is the five-minute 58 seconds transcript of the Trump-Najib exchange in
the White House cabinet room so humiliating for Malaysians, as the tone
and tenor of the exchange did not sound like one between two equals
representing two sovereign nations, but like those between a monarch and
a chieftain of a vassal state bearing gifts, like bunga mas to the sovereign?”
He was right. There was much more - a cepu mas
(jackpot) of US$75 million (RM330 million) was offered to a top
Republican donor close to Trump from Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) - the man at
the centre of the 1MDB scandal if he could get the US to stop its
The Wall Street Journalreported
that Elliott Broidy, a long-time Republican donor and his wife, Robin
Rosenzweig, discussed setting up a consulting contract with Low, citing
emails that the publication reviewed.
email showed a proposal that would have given Broidy and his wife US$75
million (RM330 million) if they could get the Justice Department (DOJ)
to drop its probe into 1MDB.
Broidy also prepared talking points for
Najib for that meeting with Trump. Some of the talking points included
talking up Malaysia’s relationship with the US in fighting North Korea
and arguing against the legal pursuit of 1MDB.
Just before GE14, the New York Times spilt more details-
Broidy, among others, was accused of using his White House connections
to try to organise a golf game between Trump and Najib and was indicted.
Broidy’s attempts to curry
favour with Najib through the golf date were seen in direct and
insistent communications with the White House.
According to the
newspaper, for Trump, a golf date with Najib could have fuelled
criticism that the president is indifferent to the appearance of
corruption since the 1MDB was being investigated by the DOJ for
Oct 21, 2020, Broidy pleaded guilty to a charge that he had illegally
lobbied Trump to drop an investigation into the 1MDB scandal.
a hearing before Washington DC federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly,
Broidy pleaded guilty to a felony charge that he conspired to violate
the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
alleged that Broidy received millions of dollars in payments to try to
arrange the end of a US investigation into billions of dollars embezzled
On Jan 21 last year –
Trump’s last day in office, Broidy was granted a full pardon. His name
appeared on a list issued by the White House of 143 individuals who had
been granted pardons or reduced sentences.
But the penchant for
spin doctors did not end there. In March, at the height of the trial of
former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng, Najib had reportedly hired New
York-based firm Karv Communications to manage his portrayal in the trial
and provide media relations support.
Washington DC-based news outfit Politico quoted
a Karv spokesperson saying the firm will “help ensure Najib’s actions
and views are understood by US journalists and presented accurately in
any US media coverage — including during the trial of Roger Ng”.
to the report, Karv will serve as a sub-contractor to Najib’s Malaysian
lawyer, Tania Scivetti, for an initial two months — for which the
company would earn US$140,000 (RM586,000) along the way.
whole episode is another blot in our dark history when an attempt was
yet again made with money to cover the billions that were stolen from
Malaysia and change the course of justice.
These events cannot be
erased and will be constant reminders of the pink diamonds, Birkin bags
and the extravagance which are associated with 1MDB, Low, Najib and his
we tighten our belts, all Malaysians, especially our leaders have to be
constantly prompted of the ills of their predecessors.
politician who espoused that stealing is not an offence until you get
caught, the long arm of the law encompasses the far corners of the
the culprit has become easier, with all the technological advancements
that mankind has made. Not just electronic transfers and cashless cards
but there is a whole gamut of information on wrongdoings out there.
It is just a matter of when it catches up with you.