Adakah Jho Low dibenarkan menentukan dasar luar negara Malaysia di Arab Saudi?

Kenyataan Media oleh Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Ahli Parlimen Serdang pada 4hb Mac 2015

1MDB dan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak perlu menjawab segera persoalan-persoalan yang timbul ekoran pendedahan oleh Sarawak Report[1] baru-baru ini berkenaan hubungan antara 1MDB, Jho Low dan Najib. Satu soalan penting dari soalan yang banyak timbul ialah adakah Jho Low dibenarkan menggunakan pengaruhnya bagi menentukan dasar luar negara Malaysia di Saudi Arabia?

Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak Najib telah melakukan lawatan rasmi beliau yang pertama sebagai Perdana Menteri ke Arab Saudi pada bulan Januari 2010 (yang asalnya dijadualkan pada Disember 2009). Menurut Sarawak Report, Jho Low dan rakan-rakan sekerjanya telah bekerja keras untuk ‘membuat persediaan’ sempena lawatan tersebut.

Pertama, rakan sekerja rapat Jho Low, Seet Li Lin, didakwa telah menyediakan draf surat untuk dihantar oleh Dato’ Sri Najib kepada Raja Arab Saudi ketika itu, iaitu Raja Abdullah (Lampiran 1).

Kedua, Tarek Obaid, pengasas Petro Saudi, didakwa telah menghantar satu emel kepada Jho Low pada 13 November 2009 meminta Perdana Menteri Malaysia menyokong langkah ketenteraan Arab Saudi di Yaman Utara ke atas kelompok pemberontak yang dikenali sebagai Houthis (Lampiran 2). Obaid malah menyediakan satu draf kenyataan. Pada 19 November, Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Najib mengeluarkan kenyataan mengutuk Houthis dan menyokong hak Arab Saudi untuk mempertahankan diri.[2]

Ketiga, Jho Low didakwa telah mengatur temuramah Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Sri Najib oleh Jamal Kashoggi (kemungkinan besar Pengurus Besar Al Arabiya News Channel[3]) semasa lawatan rasmi beliau ke Arab Saudi. Dalam e-mel yang didedahkan oleh Sarawak Report, Wan Ahmad Shihab, pegawai khas kepada Perdana Menteri, menghantar emel kepada Jalam Kashoggi dan salinan kepada Jho Low untuk “berkomunikasi dengan satu sama lain untuk persiapan wawancara dengan Perdana Menteri yang dijadualkan pada 14 Disember 2009.”(Lampiran 3) (Lawatan tersebut kemudian ditukar kepada Januari 2010).

Dasar luar negara Malaysia perlu ditetapkan berdasarkan kepentingan rakyat Malaysia. Hakikat bahawa seorang individu atau sekumpulan kecil individu boleh menentukan dasar luar negara Malaysia untuk kepentingan peribadi mereka sendiri, seperti yang didakwa dan didedahkan oleh Sarawak Report, adalah sangat membimbangkan. Saya menyeru Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Sri Najib untuk memberi keterangan mengenai dakwaan ini dan juga dakwaan lain yang dibangkitkan dalam pendedahan Sarawak Report pada 28hb Februari 2015.

Appendix 1: Draft of Letter Prepared by Seet Li Lin on behalf of Prime Minister Najib to be sent to King Abdullah prior to the PM’s visit in Jan 2010

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Your Majesty,

I have the honour to convey to Your Majesty the gratitude and appreciation of the Government and people of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the services extended to the Guests of Allah from Malaysia who travelled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj and Umrah. Despite the public health challenges posed by the H1N1 flu situation, Your Majesty increased the Malaysian pilgrims Haj quota for the 1430H haj season by 10,000 to 38,000 pilgrims.

On the issue of Yemeni Houthis rebels and their attacks on the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Government of Malaysia firmly condemns such violations. We unreservedly support the tough actions taken by Your Majesty in ensuring the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the GCC against such despicable acts of violence.

I will also like to congratulate Your Majesty on the inauguration of King Abdullah Science and Technology University. The unparalleled facilities and world-class faculty assembled will no doubt provide intellectual fruits and technological advancements to benefit all mankind in generations to come.

Also, Your Majesty’s pro-business development policies have greatly benefitted both the public and private sectors of Malaysia. 1MDB, a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund has formed a joint-venture with PetroSaudi International to capitalize on global investment opportunities for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. MMC Corporation Berhad, a Malaysian company, has the privilege of partnering the Saudi Binladin Group to jointly develop and manage the new Jazan Economic City. These are just some examples of the ever-improving bilateral relationships and trade ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

Malaysia is currently developing several economic zones such as the Iskandar Development Region in Johor and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy and it will be interesting if I can have an audience with Your Majesty to share your wisdom on various economic policies, such as the conception of the King Abdullah Economic City, and political issues during my visit to the GCC in early next year. I can also take the opportunity to update Your Majesty on various developments that I am undertaking in Malaysia.

May Allah the Almighty continues to bestow upon Your Majesty His guidance and blessings for Your Majesty’s leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in particular and the Islamic world in general.

With Respect and Best Wishes.
Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin tun Abdul Razak

Appendix 2: Email from Tarek Obaid to Jho Low asking the Malaysian Prime Minister to support Saudi Arabia in its military operations against the Houthis in Northern Yemen

From: “Tarek Obaid” <[email protected]> Subject: Saudi Announcement To: Low, Jho (Personal) Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:03:00 +0000

Dear Joe :-

Further to our discussion today, it would be highly appreciated if Malaysia could issue a strong statement of support to Saudi Arabia and it’s recent military operations and categorically condemn the incursions into Saudi territory of the Northern Yemeni rebel group known as the Houthis.

Please find below a draft statement that the Malaysian Prime Minister should issue in this regard.

Respectfully, Tarek

Malaysia strongly condemns the criminal acts carried out by armed men from the Houthi rebel group in North Yemen who recently crossed and infiltrated the Jizan region in Saudi Arabian territory. Malaysia firmly supports the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s actions and categorically rejects any attack against any part of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has the full right to defend its territories and safeguard the safety of it’s citizens. Saudi Arabia under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has a special standing in the Middle East and the wider Muslim world and it’s stability is of critical global importance.

Appendix 3: Wan Ahmad Shihab, Special Officer to PM Najib, arranging for an interview with a Jamal Kashoggi, introduced via Jho Low

Dear Sheikh Tarek, From: Wan Shihab <[email protected]> Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 21:34:50 +0800 To: <[email protected]> Cc: Low, Jho (Personal)<[email protected]>

Subject: Greetings and Introduction

Dear Mr. Jamal Kashoggi,

My name is Wan Ahmad Shihab and I am the Special Officer to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Hon. Mr. Najib Razak.

I was given your e-mail by Mr. Jho Low, so that we may begin communicating with each other on preparations for the interview with the Prime Minister scheduled for December 14th, 2009.

I am currently travelling with the Prime Minister and will return to Malaysia by December 1st, but please do not hesitate to contact me for any assistance which you may require leading up to the interview, and we will be happy assist you in whatever way we can.

Please find below all of my contact details should you need to reach me at any time.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

— Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail Special Officer to the Prime Minister Level 4, Prime Minister’s Office Perdana Putra 62502 Putrajaya Malaysia

Office: +603 8888 1433 Mobile 1: +6019 2633 488 Mobile 2: :+60193137047

Official e-mail: [email protected]

[1] Semua e-mel yang dirujuk dalam kenyataan media ini boleh dimuat turun dari: