On Tuesday, 26 January 2016, the Malaysian Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali dismissed as false allegations that a donation to PM Najib Razak had come from state fund 1MDB. In fact, the investigation concluded it had come from the Saudi Royal family. The false allegation had been used as the basis for a plot to oust the democratically-elected Malaysian PM and were initially promoted by Clare Rewcastle Brown.
The Attorney-General’s decision came a week after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had publicly criticised the same Clare Rewcastle Brown for publishing false information.
UK-based blogger Clare Rewcastle Brown has been the public face of the campaign to oust Najib, a fact she has admitted in private conversations. Revelations and further admissions that she offered $2million for stolen data, which was edited and published on her website, have further exposed her motivations. But who is she really?
Sarawak Report’s long and shameful history of lying
Born in the former British Crown Colony of Sarawak, Clare Rewcastle Brown moved to UK at a young age. She tried to become a journalist at the BBC and ITV but failed after she running stories she knew not to be true.
After that, she became a low level blogger, founding, in 2010, sarawakreport.org.
Sarawak Report was initially set up in 2010 to bring down Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, then Sarawak Chief Minister. Rewcastle and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim established what would become a long-standing relationship – it was with Anwar’s daughter that she first offered $2million for the stolen data – and started a campaign against Taib.
In October 2010, Rewcastle Brown published a story claiming Taib’s son had AIDS. (http://www.sarawakreport.org/2010/10/where-is-sulaiman/)
This was later proved wrong, with Sulaiman Taib not ill. But withdrawing from public life because of grief over the death of his mother. http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/03/03/is-return-of-the-prodigal-son-coincidental/
In May 2011, Rewcastle Brown published a story claiming then Chief Minister of Sarawak had stashed state funds in Swiss bank accounts. (http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com and http://www.sarawakreport.org
The truth? Taib didn’t even have any bank accounts in Switzerland.
Sarawakreport posts were proved untrue and the campaign to bring Taib down failed. But Rewcastle Brown carried on with her false stories. It was Najib Razak’s turn to become the target after she was recruited by a political campaign to oust Razak Najib.
It was about overthrowing the democratically-elected PM
In the last weeks OSI has revealed Rewcastle Brown’s role in the plot to oust PM Najib Razak.
Francis Yeoh, one of Malaysia’s wealthiest men, by his own admission owes his success to favourable treatment by the former PM Mohamad Mahathir. http://www.malaysia-today.net (Bloomberg Business, 4 September 2011), also see https://www.youtube.com/
Since PM Najib Razak has come to office, Yeoh’s business has struggled. Revelations detailed how Yeoh teamed up with businessmen holding similar grievances against the current Malaysian Prime Minister, including media tycoon Tong Kooi Ong, a close friend and associate in a plot to oust Najib Razak.
Clare Rewcastle was recruited. It was the failed journalist turned blogger who offered the $2million bribe for the stolen data; “I have offered them [Malaysian businessmen] to buy 30% of my company. Then I will take the risk…a dodgy transaction but I will do it”. (Clare Rewcastle, WhatsApp Conversation, 18 May 2015).
She then assisted the Swiss national Xavier Justo, who stole the documents, in his attempt to launder the $2million: “seems to be on its way to my company at least. Then we can start to get it to you” (Clare Rewcastle, WhatsApp Conversation, 1 June 2015) and she then received and retained the stolen data and tampered with the documents received from Justo. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/ .
They themselves admitted the campaign was not about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the state owned investment fund whose advisory board is headed by the PM. It was about overthrowing Najib Razak’s government. “She [Clare] said she wanted to bring down the Prime Minister, Najib Razak” (Xavier Justo, Confession 29 June 2015)”. Tong admitted it was “an internal Malaysian matter only” (Xavier Justo, Confession 26 June 2015)
According to reports, the plot was well-funded, with as much as $140million shelled out in worldwide media campaign. http://www.malaysia-today.net/the-rm2-billion-donation-mahathir-kept-a-secret-from-you/
Rewcastle’s nervousness about the “oust Najib” campaign’s results
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the government agency that investigates and prosecutes corruption in the public and private sectors, conducted an inquiry into 1MDB scandal.
On 31 December 2015, MACC submitted the investigation papers to the Malaysian Attorney-General. The Attorney General required further explanation on some of the suggestions and actions proposed by the MACC and sent back the probe. A few days ago, MACC responded to the Attorney General’s queries.
As the judicial investigation came to an end, Clare Rewcastle Brown and her associates have become increasingly nervous about the outcome of their campaign. On 17 January 2016, they announced on Sarawakreport that MACC’s investigation “contains no less than 37 separate charges against Najib”. As already been shown on OSI, this was just another distortion. MACC promptly released a statement, publicly reprimanding Rewcastle for being “incorrect”.
Caught out for her dishonesty again
Based on MACC investigation, Malaysia’s Attorney General, Mohamed Apandi Ali, has cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB scandal. No crime was committed by the Prime Minister Najib Razak. What about the plotters and their media accomplice, Clare Rewcastle Brown? Their illegal actions and the motives behind them have been revealed. All the accusations on the donation were proved to be completely false and the campaign was left in tatters.
But having spent so much money on the political campaign and the motivation of the plotters’ recruited blogger, more falsehoods and deliberately misleading stories are likely from Clare Rewcastle.