KUALA LUMPUR – July 20, 2015: An advisor of the Ministry of Communication and Mutimedia’s Special Affairs Department (JASA) has called for the police to investigate several bloggers supportive of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he suspects to be involved in a plot to destabilize the country.
Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz in his latest blog posting listed several ‘suspicious culprits’ that also include newspapers and news portals he alluded to be in cahoots with each other in their attempt to vilify Najib.
Among those listed in his blog post are “pro-Tun M bloggers”, as well as portals and websites such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider, The Edge, Bloghouse, Kelab Che Det (Che Det Club) and Saya Sayang Tun Dr Mahathir (I love Tun Dr Mahathir).
Tun Faisal who is a blogger known to be supportive of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak , deemed that such investigation would reveal the involvement of “the suspected culprits” in the ‘sinister plot’.
“The investigation would also determine whether they can be legally charged for spreading false news and conniving with each other to sabotage the country’s economy,” he wrote.
Tun Faisal’s suspicions stemmed from the recent confession of a former PetroSaudi official, Xavier Andre Justo, who was apprehended by the Thai police last month at Koh Samui.
Justo had reportedly confessed that he had been meeting with a group of ten conspirators in Singapore to sell confidential documents detailing information regarding PetroSaudi’s joint ventures with the allegedly controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Tun Faisal named several of the the suspected conspirators as owner of Sarawak Report Clare Rewcastle Brown, The Edge Media Group owner Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, The Edge Media Group publisher Ho Kay Tat, DAP lawmaker Tony Pua, a person by the name of Kamal Saddique as well as Dr Mahathir and his aide Sufi Yusof .
As it was reported that Justo did not tamper with the documents that he had sold, Tun Faisal speculated that the purchased confidential documents had been altered by the conspirators to strengthen their plot to topple Najib.
“If Justo had confessed that he did not alter such documents and PetroSaudi had claimed the reports published by Sarawak Report were nothing but lies then maybe one of the conspirators had altered such information to make it more interesting. Question is…who?”
“If Justo had been trying to extort USD2.5 million from PetroSaudi by threatening to disclose such information then one can only guess how much did Tony Pua or The Edge paid Justo,” he wrote.
The confidential information sold by Justo were then used by Sarawak Report to published a so-called exclusive detailing the alleged financial mismanagement of 1MDB.
1MDB and its advisory board chairman Najib, have been under siege since Dr Mahathir launched his attacks against them more than three months ago.
Currently, the government-owned strategic investment firm is under the scrutiny of the Auditor-General, the Public Accounts Committee and a special task force comprising the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney-General and Bank Negara.