KUALA LUMPUR – June 16, 2017: Compared to the first suit that was filed a year ago, the response by Malaysians to the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) latest suit relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been relatively lukewarm.
Although Jho Low and #1MDB became the most trending topics on Twitter today, there was no influx of Malaysians debating about the issue elsewhere in cyberspace, as was the case last year.
The ones who do debate about it are mostly those known for their political leanings.
The suit announced last night maintained the claim that US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, adding that the DoJ is also seeking to seize US$1.7 billion in assets purportedly acquired using the money from this government agency.
Anti-establishment Facebooker Samantha Bella Chan argued that the lack of cyberspace commotion was because Barisan Nasional cyber troopers can no longer out-argue the facts.
“They (BN cyber troopers) know that the matter is simply indefensible because all of DoJ’s allegations are true,” she wrote.
Journalist blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan of Rocky’s Bru however theorised two reasons concerning the lack of heated debates.
“Does that mean we are immune to news involving alleged corruption and stealing of billions from our coffers?
“Or are Malaysians generally not buying what the DoJ is claiming, especially since nothing has come out of their last action?” he wrote at his blog titled “Crying Wolf (on The Wall Street)”.
Some who defended 1MDB argued that the suit was an attempt by the US to check the recovery of the ringgit against the dollar.
“Just woke up to some bad news. DoJ has done it again and all of this happen just when the ringgit is recovering. So if the ringgit falls this coming days, we’ll finally know the bastards that are trying to ruin the country,” wrote Facebooker Marx Aideit Samani.
Similar to last year’s suit, DoJ has once again heavily insinuated that one of the individuals who had committed wrongdoing is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali swiftly countered the DoJ’s indirect allegation as Najib was not named as a defendant in the suit.
Apandi was also perplexed that his office has yet to receive any request from the DoJ to obtain any information or evidence despite the latter’s decision to probe a Malaysian company.
Blogger Zakhir Mohamed or Big Dog was also baffled, given how the DoJ had not even taken any statement from anyone with 1MDB.
Zakhir considers it puzzling that the DoJ should be investigating a complaint for a purported crime without adopting universally accepted methods for investigation.