I must admit, we have no solid proof of anything – just a lot of very suspicious coincidences. I must also say, I think The Nutgraph has covered almost everything I am writing about helow.
That said, allow me to add something quite new to that list. Observe a comment received on said post:
i have handle Low Taek Jho account before in Singapore. I cannot reveal his personal details as is private and confidential. He has various bank accounts assigned with banker gurantee to secure overdraft fundings for his expenditure.Youch. I think that’s quite a high level of detail, don’t you? Does that sound like someone who is spending his own money?
He spends consistantly 2 million approx every month. I am quite surprise he have such a high value network even within the banking line to secure higher extension on his credit. he does not have any income support from Singapore, i am surprise he can get such a high priority account on his age. I know many tycoon accounts but they don’t spend like him.
My concern about him was many transaction was made was high risk charges like Casino transactional payments and also High expenses on jewellary. Howveer no one in our company have questions his spending as he has consistant payments made regularly.
He travel extensively around the world. He have many first class tickets prebooked and paid for his extensive travelling. I felt his main base is in Las Vegas mainly since early 2010. My gut instinct tells me this man is doing money laundering with the unusual spending pattern history on his account.
He is basically low profile customer. and only calls in when he is seeking to extend more funds on his account. i can’t say more. Only time and justice can tell if he misused funds.. or he have a lucky break securing a big contract from the govement of Malaysia. Overrall he is soft spoken online. May god reveal the truth when time comes.
I wonder whether this sort of info is the kinda thing that gets you (me?) landed in jail.
In any case, fun as it is to dig at this guy (I get the feeling he’s in some trouble now), it wouldn’t do to lose sight of the bigger picture – our interest in him should not be limited to his Mr. Paris Hilton status, but rather how he reveals all sorts of sketchy links.
What got the latest Jho ball rolling, was The Nutgraph’s revelation of an email slip-up by a Henry Thomas Jones of one Laurus Group.
What was that? Laurus mentioned in a Malaysiakini expose bylined by Steven Gan himself?
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak paid RM50,000 (US$15,000) to a Washington-based political consultant in April this year in an attempt to get an opinion-editorial article written by him published in one of the major newspapers in the United States.Goodness me. To top it off, Malaysiakini has the down and dirty in black and white:
And should the article eventually appear in print, the prime minister will have to fork out an additional RM50,000 as a ‘success fee’ to the consultant.
This is revealed in documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act by Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA), a top public relations and lobbying firm in Washington DC.
According to the documents obtained by Malaysiakini, QGA was assigned by another consultancy firm, The Laurus Group, to try and convince a major US newspaper to carry Najib’s article.
The Laurus Group, an obscure public relations firm whose website is still under construction, had apparently been hired by the Malaysian government to provide ‘public relations services’ during Najib’s week-long trip to Washington DC and New York from April 10 to 16 this year.
While the Jho/Joh link is still speculative (although this “receptionist” business is quite implausible), I think it is becoming clear that the Laurus group is very much involved in a hard sell by the Najib administration to gain popularity overseas – popularity he is probably paranoid-ly afraid of losing to Anwar.
Laurus and this QGA join APCO in being the latest of a legion of Washington based consultants that Najib is throwing millions upon millions of our money, in the belief that he does not have to be a quality leader – he only needs to be seen as one, by the ‘right’ people.
While APCO is clearly the worst of this particular lot, this entire ‘political consulting’ and ‘lobbying’ industry is a mega con-job that represents the worst in politics.
In Washington, it is perhaps one of the biggest ways politicians from both sides of the divide make sure they get a (considerable) slice of the cake – a cake that belongs to you and me. I daresay it is a huge complot by the rich (politicians, business, media, etc) to stay that way at the expense of the poor (yaya, I will probably join them one day, sigh).
It seems very appropriate that Najib & Rosmah would want to throw in their lot with these ‘types’ – it fits their image perfectly.
At the risk of sounding unflattering or snobbish, I daresay they are some cross between thieves and bumpkins who have come into a lot of money, and now want to hobnob with the ‘respectable’ crowd. (think Beverly Hillbillies, but without the good heart and cuteness).
Instead of focusing on what is really respectable in the hearts of the rakyat, Najib/Rosmah/Jho only have eyes for the gliteratti of celebrities (and the occasional model/translator perhaps).
Cases in point are Martha Stewart, and most recently – wonder of wonders – Robert DeNiro??
That’s got to be a new level of absurdity. At some point, perhaps I’ll compose something to him directly.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, we’re belatedly uncovering some rather….. once again, ‘absurd’ seems to be the best word, along with ‘undignified’ perhaps…. details regarding the party in which Rosmah (with hubby in tow) was feted.
A word on the source for the content below. Wendy Brandes is not your typical blogger on Malaysian affairs. I think “complete outsider” would perhaps be apt.
I have no way of verifying the veracity of her eyewitness account, but some time researching the internet suggests she is not some fake teller of tales.
This makes the following observations even more disturbing than it would be normally, although you should really read the whole (amusing) article:
Warning: If Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx and the prime minister of Malaysia are dancing on stage together, move aside quickly. Ladies in pink head scarves will cut a bitch who gets in the way of their picture-taking.OO
I learned this the hard way on Friday at a dinner at The St. Regis hotel in honor of the first lady of Malaysia, or, as I call her for short, “Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.” She was receiving the “International Peace and Harmony Inaugural Award 2010.” I accepted an invitation from my Malaysian designer friend Zang Toi, who was presenting a few gowns during the cocktail hour. It was only the day before the event that I took another look at the invitation and realized the gown presentation came during an “Islamic Fashion Festival.”
Much to my surprise, the Malaysian event wasn’t a typical awards dinner. It was like a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, Sweet 16 and quinceanera all rolled up into one. I was awestruck. Jamie Foxx was the host and fully deserves an all-expenses-paid trip to Malaysia for his hard work. The music included the always-excellent Boys Choir of Harlem (who all looked like they were in their mid-30s, as Jamie pointed out, calling them the “Boys-to-Men Choir”); pop star Leona Lewis; and more traditional wedding-type singers.
Security scolded me for taking this iPhone picture of Leona Lewis.
When the magic hour of 10 P.M. rolled around, and we hadn’t even been served an entree, I decided to throw caution to the wind and stay. Good thing I did because Jamie Foxx was THE emcee of all time, managing to:
- perform a flirty karaoke version of “You’ve Got a Friend” with Her Excellency Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor;
- dance with Malaysia’s prime minister, which made the head-scarf-wearing ladies GO WILD;
- drag Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Emmy Rossum and a host of others onstage for “We Are the World”;
- run to all the front tables, exhorting us to, “Put your hands in the air!”
CBS Reporter Kaylee Hartung adds some observations:
What an apt question :P
According to one Twitter posting by a DJ, known as DJ Irie, who parties with Hollywood stars, Foxx and Rosmah rehearsed for their duet before the party.Now. You know many people couldn’t call me a prude with a straight face (Urbanscapes), but… I mean…. this is the head of state we’re talking about here. The No. 1 and his wife.
I think, under such circumstances, the word ‘debauchery’ might fit the bill.
Dancing with Jamie Foxx? Singing “a flithy karaoke version of You’ve Got a Friend”?? Practising it beforehand???
I almost can’t imagine (And perhaps that’s a blessing).
Ok, visceral response aside, there are some serious questions here.
So, we’re talking Robert DeNiro, Leona Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Charlize Theron, Emmy Rossum, etc, at a dinner ‘to honour the First Lady of Malaysia’.
How many of those people knew where Malaysia is?
So. What were they doing at this dinner?
Of course, of course, because they were moved to tears by the charitable work of Her Excellency Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor.
What? You don’t believe me? They were just paid a huge sum of money to be there you say? My my, how cynical of you to suggest such things, sir.
Where does it all end, friends?
Petrol and sugar more expensive for even the poorest of the rakyat, Penans walking two days to see Najib (instead of Najib going to them), and somehow, we’re throwing millions – possibly billions – at APCO, QGA, Laurus and other Washington-slickers, so that Rosmah can sing dirty karaoke with Jamie Foxx.
Where does it end?