26 MAY 2012
INVITATION TO A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB, BANGKOK
FRENCH SUBMARINES DIVING MALAYSIA INTO DEEP CONTROVERSY!
As Malaysia inches closer towards its most contested General Elections ever, the political temperature in this multiracial nation of 27 million people, has escalated to unprecedented levels. Culminating in a “battle royale” of sorts, Malaysians are gearing for a summer of CHANGE and the welcoming of a long overdue TWO party system.
Climaxing with this heightened scenario is the sudden commencement of an inquiry on Malaysia, 3000 km across the seas in France. The murder of a glamorous Mongolian woman and the blowing up of her body by c4 explosives, the controversial purchase of two French-Spanish-built submarines that has escalated to 7.3 billion ringgit, and the decision of French courts to hear evidence about the alleged bribery of top Malaysians – and the growing links between the three – spell big headaches for the ruling administration, and especially for Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose role in the entire scandal, could bring damning outcomes to his political future.
Despite an almost 100% blackout in Malaysia’s mainstream media, the internet is running riot with the story and at full throttle. It is piling up the challenges for Najib and his men, as they face one of the fiercest electoral battles in Malaysia’s history.
SUARAM, a leading human rights NGO filed a complaint before the French judicial system in April 2010, to investigate mysterious and illegal payments made during the procurement process. This initiative was prompted by the absolute defiance of our public institutions to initiate investigations and allow the truth to surface. Even the Malaysian parliament were given answers contradictory in nature leading to more questions than answers.
In March 2012, after almost 2 years of a preliminary investigation by the public prosecutors in France, a fully inquiry had officially begun at the Tribunal deGrande Instance, a first degree civil court, presided by 2 senior judges, RogerLeLoire and Serge Tournaire.
Centre to the inquiry is the alleged illegal commissions amounting to half a billion ringgit Malaysia (115 million Euros) that were paid out to Malaysian officials and politicians, deemed illegal and categorized as bribes, after France became a signatory to the OECD convention.
Last July, one of SUARAM’s French lawyers, William Bourdon a top legal advocate, was unceremoniously booted out of Malaysia after explaining details of the case at a SUARAM sponsored event.
A joint press conference between SUARAM’s French lawyers and the SUARAM team will be held to reveal further damning details, from the prosecutors’ initial findings, and announce latest developments surrounding the case.
The details of the events are as follows:
Date: 31 MAY 2012
Venue: FOREIGN CORESPONDENTS CLUB THAILAND (Bangkok)
Time: 1030 – 1230 pm.
Your participation and presence at this event will be of utmost importance, to help fill in the vacuum of information to the public, of gross corrupt practices, illegal practices involved in arms procurement, in the name of national safety and security.
The SUARAM Secretariat Team.