Thursday, May 24, 2012

Launching of Ops Scorpene 2.0 Fundraising Dinner

25 May 2012
Launching of Ops Scorpene 2.0 Fundraising Dinner

SUARAM hopes that with the commencement of the Submarine case in France, we can send a clear message that Malaysians will not sit back and accept corrupt politicians and rampant corruption activities in Malaysia. 

The submarine commission scandal, one of the greatest Malaysian robberies in modern times, is not a single one-off issue but reflects the widespread abuse of the Barisan Nasional administration with spiraling dominos effects, on how tax payers monies have been used and abused.

SUARAM is a human rights organization, known to speak out fearlessly in defence of human rights, good governance and an open and accountable society. We pursued the court case to seek truth and justice for the Malaysian people whose monies have been misused. For over 20 years SUARAM has worked to expose corrupt practices, poor governance and champion the rights of people before profits.

So to continue the struggle to unravel the scandals behind the submarine purchase, and in pursuance of the ongoing case in France, SUARAM needs much help and donations from people of Malaysia. This campaign needs to continue without any interference and with the full support of the Malaysian people. Costs are very high and will remain that way for the next few years until the case is disposed off and the truth unraveled, once and for all.

Ops Scorpene 2.0 is a second fundraiser and awareness campaign to further pursue and to bear expenses of the case in the French
courts, which has escalated to become a huge issue of national interest. It seeks to instill consciousness amongst Malaysians to question arms spending and transparency in arms procurement of the country. For this, SUARAM will be organizing a fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur and give a chance to ordinary citizens and Civil Society organisations to grasp the facts of the scandal that has shaken the nation.

The dinner will be held on 15 June 2012, 7.30 pm at Dewan Sivik MBPJ, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.  Ops Scorpene aims to raise RM300, 000 from this fundraising dinner and to bear the legal fees of the lawyers who are working hard and smart to ensure the success of the case.

Cynthia Gabriel from SUARAM, Joseph Breham, one of the 2 French lawyers, and political leaders like Saudara Mat Sabu, Members of
 parliament Tian Chua and Tony Pua will address the latest developments surrounding the case.

There will also be a number of performances and booths for NGOs to get their message and campaign forward.

The following is for your reference:
Table class A -- RM 10000
Table class B -- RM 5000
Table class C -- RM 1000

Donations can also be made to SUARAM via cheque or online transfer to

Name of Bank     : Maybank Bhd
Account No         :  5122 9582 0324
For further enquiries, contact or or contact SUARAM at 03 77843525.
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The Malaysian people wants a government that is transparent, free from corruption and that will also protect the interests of the people. We thank you in anticipation for your involvement.

Released by,
SUARAM Secretariat

1.       On the 5th June 2002, the Malaysian Government signed an agreement with French DCNS and Spanish Navantia for the procurement of two Scorpene class submarines. The procurement contract was through direct negotiation with the manufacturing companies, said to be with the service of Perimekar Sdn Bhd. Razak Baginda is the owner of Perimekar.

2.      According to the Government explanation, the contract was divided into two parts:
Cost of two Scorpene submarines together with the package that covers Integrated Logistic Support and training amounted to Euro 969.15m (however on 14 May 2008, Najib told the Parliament that this part cost Euro 999.15)

Payment to Perimekar Sdn Bhd in the name of “coordination services” for a period of six years, the sum was Euro 114.96m.

With the exchange rate at the time, the cost was equivalent to:
Payment for submarine cost between: RM 2.14b (Euro=RM3.2 in 2002) – RM 5.43b (Euro=RM5.6 in 2008) (now Euro=RM4.7)

Commission: probably about RM 540m (exchange rate at the time of payment)

3.      On 23 December 2009, SUARAM through our networks in France linked up with leading human rights lawyers in France, to file a complaint with the French judicial system, with the hope that a preliminary investigation would be initiated. This was done to enable access to information, to the government contracts signed with PERIMEKAR and other information classified as government secrets in Malaysia.

4.      In April 2010, the lawyers representing SUARAM informed us that the courts had accepted the request to investigate the claim of corruption for a payment amounting to Euro 114 million made as commissions from DCNS to Perimekar.

5.      The French, practising the Civil Law system where a judge assumes the role of an inquisitorial and investigative referee, has so far kept the findings of its investigations confidential.

6.      Our lawyers however, have informed us that the investigation is coming to an end, and should move to full trial after it decides whether or not there is sufficient evidence to pursue the matter in open court.

7.      On 16 March 2012, the French courts have opened an inquiry into the alleged corruption, misuse and abuse of taxpayer’s money, linked to the purchase of the 2 Scorpene class submarines, back in 2002.

8.      An inquiry into the alleged corruption, misuse and abuse of taxpayers money, linked to the purchase of the two Scorpene class submarines, back in 2002 commence on 19 April 2012 (Thursday) at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI), known as a first degree court that deals with civil litigation matters.  This investigation will be conducted before two judges, Judge Roger Le Loire and Judge Serge Tournaire.

9.      On 20th April SUARAM was represented by Dr. Kua Kia Soong (Director and one of the founders of SUARAM), followed by Cynthia Gabriel (Secretariat Member) and lawyer Fadiah Nadwa. They appeared before Judge Roger Le Loire with their lawyer Joseph Breham. Dr Kua presented the case for our pinning our hopes on the judicial hearing in France after the disappointing trial over the Altantuya murder, the ineffectual MACC, the suppression of information in Malaysia and the lack of transparency in the parliamentary questions over the Scorpene commissions. SUARAM duly proposed then Defence Minister and current Prime Minister Najib Razak, Abdul Razak Baginda, the defence minister Zahid Hamidi, PI Balasubramaniam, Setev Shariibuu, Jasbir Singh Chahl, Tan Sri Lodin and Mazlinda as the potential witnesses as the case proceeds.

10.      On 3rd may 2012 SUARAM revealed that it has gained full access to investigation papers from the Public Prosecutor’s office. This is a huge step forward, as many of the details kept confidential are now made accessible to SUARAM as the Plaintiff in the civil case against the DCNS. French law provides several constraints on the area of access. While we are not able to obtain a hard copy and distribute copies around, we are however entitled to full view of the documents and are able to quote them to the media and to the public.

11.      At the PC SUARAM revealed new expose and findings on:
a.       Document 87
b.      Document 144

Document 87
The documents seized by the French police from the office of Mr. Henri GIDE (THALES) on 28 May 2010 which includes  a fax written in English and sent by F. DUPONT dated 1 June 2001 addressed to D. ARNAUD, CCed to BAIOCCO and SAUVAGEOT with “MALAYSIA/SUBMARINE PROJECT” as the subject. Mr. DUPONT detailed out the chronology of visits and future actions during the journey in Malaysia of which there were various planned undertakings in particular negotiation meetings with the Ministry of Defense and the management members of PERIMEKAR during which two (2) contract proposals would be mentioned (from DCNI to PERIMEKAR as well as between PERIMEKAR and the Malaysian Government). He finally indicated a meeting with DATO’ SRI NAJIB in France on 14 July 2001 with the condition that DCNI offers a maximum sum of USD 1 billion for PERIMEKAR’s stay (in France).

12.  Document 144
The prosecutor’s office upon instructions had received from THALES International Asia, an envelope on 22 August 2011. The envelope contained:
-          A sub folder entitled “C4”
-          A sub folder entitled “invoices”
-          PDF files
-          A USB thumb drive
Among the crucial documents was the existence of an invoice faxed by TERASASI Sdn Bhd (Company No.524814-P) on 19 September 2004 to Bernard BAIOCCO the then CEO of THALES International Asia. The invoice stated an amount of Euro 359, 450.00  for the purpose of success fees to be paid to Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, Branch CP Tower, Seksyen 16, Petaling Jaya, Account No:12109-0-01-3000450-8  and contains a handwritten note in French as follows:

“Razak demande si ce SF peut etre pris en compte assez vite. Le Support Fee suit avec un rapport”.

Translation : Razak requests if that SF can be taken into account quite urgently. The support fee follows with a report.

It therefore appears that Thales International Asia could not ignore that the sum paid to TERASASI Sdn Bhd ultimately benefitted Mr Najib Razak the Minister of Defence and/or his consultant Abdul Razak Baginda.

13.      It has become apparent that this constitutes one of the Malaysian government’s greatest robberies over its people! It is no longer just the Euro 114.9 million commissions to Perimekar that formed the basis of the complaint to the French Courts that is in question.

14.      It has magnified into a web of lies involving a slew of companies formed to complicate the concealment of the blatant robbery of Malaysian and French tax-payers’ money. More retro-commissions have surfaced allowing the misuse of such bodies as the pilgrimage funds (Lembaga Tabung Haji) and the military pension funds (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera).

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