1. Bustari Yusoff According to politicians and businessmen supportive of the Najib administration, Mr Bustari’s position as senior political counsel, chief troubleshooter and economic adviser is unparalleled in the premier’s very tight circle of operatives. “He is the only person who straddles both business and politics within the inner circle, and what he says matters very much to the PM,” said a senior Kuala Lumpur-based businessman, who is close to Malaysia’s political elite. “He would easily count as one of the PM’s closest friends. They play golf (together) regularly and Mr Bustari often goes for holidays with the (Mr Najib’s) family,” noted a chief executive of a government-controlled commercial bank who knows Mr Bustari. Despite his much-envied clout, Mr Bustari is not widely known among Malaysians. But that is about to change soon because of his growing business interests and his position as the No. 1 go-to person who can make things happen in the Najib administration. SARAWAK’s Bustari Yusof, a little-known but wealthy businessman and Najib Razak’s right-hand man, was on the cusp of becoming even wealthier. The Malaysian Insight understand a sizeable portion of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Selangor had been earmarked for development by Bustari’s company. The value of the contract for that segment of the mammoth infrastructure project is said to be about RM9 billion. Source : Straights Times 2. Tan Sri Peter Sondakh Sondakh advises Najib on Indonesia. He came into contact with Najib when he was negotiating to sell a controlling interest in his telecommunications group, Excelcomindo Pratama, to Malaysia’s national telecommunications company Telekom Malaysia in 2004. Flush with cash from the sale of his telecommunications group, Sondakh, now 57, acquired hotels in Malaysia, including the Sheraton Imperial. The latter was owned by a financially troubled unit controlled by Telekom Malaysia’s parent company Khazanah Holdings, the country’s state-owned investment agency. Since then, Sondakh has emerged as an informal personal adviser to Najib on matters related to Indonesia.
3. Omar Mustapha Omar was Najib’s aide when he was DPM. The one-time special assistant to Najib owns a business consultancy called Ethos & Co. Omar, who is 38 years old, also has links with Sondakh. The two struck up a relationship several years ago when Omar was assigned by Najib, then Deputy PM, to build a network in Indonesia, which was identified as a potential investment destination for Malaysian companies, particularly state controlled enterprises. Businessmen who know Omar say that he is being tapped for strategic advice. He is also said to be the architect of the Premier’s “1 Malaysia” slogan — a call for a more united Malaysia, which has become the central theme of Najib’s first 100 days in office. But Omar, who graduated from Oxford, has been ensnared in a controversy in recent weeks after the board of the national oil corporation Petronas rebuffed a proposal by Najib to appoint his young aide as a director. Bankers and lawyers familiar with the situation say that the board of directors of Petronas opposed Omar’s position because he failed to honour his scholarship agreement with the oil corporation after it financed his studies in Britain. After graduating in the mid-1990s, he worked briefly in Petronas and another government-linked corporation before joining consultancy firm McKinsey. He left it to set up Ethos in early 2002 with several friends, and two years later was appointed Najib’s special officer in the DPM’s Office. 4. Tan Sri Tan Kay Hock Tan is said to be a golf buddy of the PM. He is the low-profile controlling shareholder of Johan Holdings, a public-listed investment holding company, and said to be a golf buddy of Najib’s. The Financial Times had reported that Tan, 61, was the owner of the 607ha Guiana Island, which is now at the centre of a fraud case brought by the United States authorities against Texan billionaire businessman Allen Stanford.
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5. Jho Low Another low-profile businessman, he was a key architect of a multibillion-ringgit sovereign wealth fund established by the state of Terengganu. The fund, called the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA), has sparked controversy because it will be created using borrowed money and not existing capital held by the state. It will raise capital from a RM5 billion bond issue, which will be guaranteed by the Malaysian government. Little is known of Penang-born Low, who a TIA official said is an adviser to Malaysia’s King, Sultan Mizan, and has close ties with several Middle East investment funds. 6. Desmond Lim The new king crony in Putrajaya, according to a new blog, is Desmond Lim of property developers Malton Bhd and the man behind the Pavilion luxury shopping centre in Bukit Bintang, KL. Desmond Lim has been linked in the press recently with the proposed redevelopment of RMAF Sg Besi, the city’s old international airport and currently an air force base. Raja Petra Kamarudin recently linked Desmond Lim and his wife Cindy in rivalry with Tan Kay Hock of Johan Holdings for the ears of the prime minister over several big government projects. RPK said Desmond and Cindy were close to Najib Tun Razak’s wife Rosmah, and had been behind a railway purchase of electric train sets. Tan Kay Hock was linked to China Harbour Engineering, from whom he is alleged to have tried to squeeze a RM200 million commission, and the Gemas-JB double-tracking rail project which RPK said had been awarded to China Road Engineering. 7. Lim Kok Wing Advertising man Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, who has run Barisan Nasional’s election campaigns, is Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s new public campaign coordinator in a charm offensive to win over Malaysians and shore up the prime minister’s flagging popularity. Lim rode high during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, but the former prime minister is now Najib’s harshest critic. It was learnt that Lim, who has been appointed “special programme coordinator”, has drawn up plans for Najib to go nationwide to gather support and listen to the complaints from the people. Lim, who founded the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, will report directly to the Prime Minister’s Office which already has a string of advisors.
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8. Arul Kanda Najib approved Arul Kanda’s RM5mil salary package. Arul Kanda Kandasamy took a “big paycut” when he joined the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) as chief executive officer, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The former premier said a lawyer or someone close to Arul Kanda would issue a statement on matters related to his pay package. “He was earning so much more when he was working in a bank in the United Arab Emirates, so he took a big pay cut to join 1MDB. “He was also successful in reducing the debt from RM50bil to RM30bil so he has accomplished that part of his responsibility,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday. 9. Paul Stadlen Former Apco Malaysia boss Paul Geoffrey Stadlen, who also previously aided Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his publicity campaigns, is the latest wanted person in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) issued a statement this morning seeking the public’s help to track down Stadlen. 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) issued a statement this morning seeking the public’s help to track down Stadlen. 10. Wee Choo Keong There had been speculation for quite some time now that Wee Choo Keong was going to take a walk to the ‘other side’. And keeping to current ‘fashion’ he joins that fastest growing grouping in Malaysian politics — ‘independent’ elected representative. When the chips are down for Najib and Umno they can be assured of Pakatan reps saving the day by declaring themselves independent. – Source Beliau mencanangkan bahawa beliau dilantik oleh Mantan PM Dato Seri Najib sebagai Pengerusi TM kerana beliau tidak akan bertanding sebagai calun bebas bagi Parlimen Wangsa Maju pada PRU13 untuk tidak menganggu calun BN sebaliknya membantu membawa pengundi beliau bagi menyokong calun BN. Dan imbuhannya menurut beliau Dato Sri Najib memberikan jawatan Pengerusi dan juga kita tahu ada imbuhan berupa wang ringgit yang beliau ‘pow’ dari Dato Seri Najib. – Source
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