Belum pun reda isu pendedahan Wall Street Journal dari AS mengenai Najib dan 1MDB, kini timbul pula isu rasuah mencetak wang polimer yang juga mengaitkan nama Najib.
Kali ini pendedahan dilakukan oleh sebuah media dari Australia, Sydney Morning Herald pula.. Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) melaporkan permintaan Canberra untuk mendapatkan maklumat dari Putrajaya membabitkan dua firma Bank Rezab Australia, tidak dilayan.
Malaysia, kata laporan itu, tidak mempedulikan permohonan bantuan rasmi dari Jabatan Peguam Negara Komanwel untuk memberikan maklumat yang disifatkan sensitif, berkenaan urus niaga kewangan sekumpulan orang tengah.
Kes ini mencetuskan pendakwaan terhadap beberapa ahli perniagaan Australia yang bekerja dengan Percetakan Wang dan Matawang Keselamatan Australia, laporan SMH dipetik.
Menurut laporan itu, pegawai Malaysia didakwa disogok dua syarikat itu bagi memperolehi kontrak menukar wang kertas kepada polimer di antara tahun 1999 sehingga 2009.
Sebahagian daripada orang tengah yang korup itu dikatakan rapat dengan pejabat Najib dan Abdullah, laporan itu menambah.
Menurut SMH, wakil perundangan Najib menolak dakwaan itu dan mengancam mereka dengan tindakan undang-undang...
Berikut adalah laporannya...
Bribery scandal linked to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Malaysia is blocking the Australian government's requests for information over a corruption scandal which may involve the country's Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
Fairfax Media understands that senior officials in Canberra are aware of intelligence that implicates people in the offices of both Mr Najib and his predecessor, Abdullah Badawi, in allegedly improper dealings involving two Australian Reserve Bank firms over contracts to print polymer bank notes.
But Malaysia has ignored a formal mutual assistance request from the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department to hand over sensitive information about the financial dealings of a group of Malaysian middlemen embroiled in Australia's most important bribery case.
The Malaysian middlemen are allegedly implicated in the bribery scandal, which has sparked the ongoing prosecution of several Australian businessmen who worked for two RBA firms – Securency and Note Printing Australia.
In another sensational development linked to the case, an Australian judge has accused WikiLeaks of blatant criminal conduct in publishing online last year a suppressed court order naming Mr Najib. It's also been revealed that WikiLeaks is under federal police investigation for the breach.
The RBA bribery scandal involves allegations that Malaysian officials were to be bribed as part of a scheme by the two Reserve Bank companies to win contracts to turn Malaysia's currency from paper notes to polymer between the late 1990s and 2009.
Fairfax Media can reveal that the scandal is particularly sensitive in Malaysia because some of the allegedly corrupt middlemen are suspected of having close dealings with figures in the offices of both Prime Minister Najib and his predecessor, Abdullah Badawi.
It's understood that while he was deputy prime minister, Mr Najib's office was allegedly used by a middleman to negotiate a kickback from one of the Reserve Bank firms.
A representative for Mr Najib has dismissed the claims and is threatening legal action. The information about Mr Najib and Mr Badawi is not derived from the Australian court proceedings, but from an ongoing investigation by Fairfax Media involving high-level sources across Australasia.
However, on Tuesday afternoon, Victoria's Supreme Court revoked a suppression order obtained last year by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and which names Mr Najib.
The court order had prevented the publication of any information aired in ongoing Reserve Bank bribery court proceedings that "reveals, implies, suggests or alleges" that "Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak, currently Prime Minister (since 2009) and Finance Minister (since 2008) of Malaysia" ever "received or attempted to receive a bribe or improper payment".
The order also prevented the naming of former prime minister Badawi and several top politicians from Indonesia and Vietnam, where bribes were also allegedly paid by RBA firms to win contracts.
The court had initially agreed a suppression order was necessary to avoid unfairly implicating foreign leaders who were not being formally accused of any wrongdoing and in order to protect Australia's "national security" and "to prevent damage to Australia's international relations".
"DFAT's concern was that the publication of the suppressed information, in relation to the named persons [who include Mr Najib], would offend or embarrass them in circumstances that may have adverse consequences for Australia," Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth said in a recent finding.
But in revoking the order, Justice Hollingworth said the earlier online publication of the suppression order by WikiLeaks meant that any ongoing attempt to keep secret its contents was futile.
The judge also revealed that the federal police "are investigating conduct of WikiLeaks and whoever supplied the DFAT order to WikiLeaks".
The judge said the online dissemination of the order by WikiLeaks, which is headed by Julian Assange, was "a clear and deliberate breach of law" that was also accompanied by a WikiLeaks press release "full of sensational, inaccurate allegations".
No overseas politicians have been charged or formally accused of conspiring to receive bribes, with the prosecution case restricted to allegations that overseas central bank officials, rather than any ministers, were bribed between 1999 and 2004. This is despite evidence suggesting that alleged bribes were paid by the RBA firms until late 2009 and that overseas politicians may have been complicit in the scandal.
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