Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his sister-in-law “Noni”, as well as Najib Tun Razak, Mahathir Mohamad, Daim Zainuddin and others, are named in an Australian court order that censors the Australian press from reportng on a corruption case about printing of Malaysian bank notes, the whistleblower site WikiLeaks has revealed.
The order also bans the mention of the initials “PM”, “DPM”, and “FM” (for Finance Minister); and:
- any current or former Prime Minister of Malaysia;
- any current or former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia;
- any current or former Finance Minister of Malaysia
Does gag order apply to Anwar Ibrahim too?
By implication the order could also ban any mention of Anwar Ibrahim, who was once deputy prime minister and finance minister in Mahathir Mohamad’s government, but the order itself does not name him.
Because of that plastic RM5 note…
The Malaysians named
- Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak, currently Prime Minister (since 2009) and Finance Minister (since 2008) of Malaysia;
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (also known as Pak Lah), a former Prime Minister (2003 – 2009) and Finance Minister (2003 – 2008) of Malaysia;
- Puan Noni (also knows as Ms/Madame Noni, or Nonni), a sister-in-law of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi;
- Mahathir Mohamed, a former Prime Minister (1981 – 2003) and Finance Minister (2001 – 2003) of Malaysia;
- Daim Zainuddin, a former Finance Minister of Malaysia (1984 – 1991; 1999 – 2001);
- Rafidah Aziz, a former Trade Minister of Malaysia (1987 – 2008);
- Hamid Albar, a former Minister for Foreign Affairs (1999 – 2008) and Minister of Home Affairs (2008 – 2009) of Malaysia
Indonesian and Vietnamese officials
- Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (also known as SBY), currently President of Indonesia (since 2004);
- Megawati Sukarnoputri (also known as Mega), a former President of Indonesia (2001 – 2004) and current leader of the PDI-P political party;
- Laksamana Sukardi, a former Indonesian minister (2001 – 2004; in Megawati Sukarnoputri’s goverment);
- Truong Tan San, currently President of Vietnam (since 2011);
- Nguyen Tan Dung, currently Prime Minister of Vietnam (since 2006);
- Le Duc Thuy, a Former Chairman of the National Financial Supervisory Committee (2007 – 2011) and a former Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (1999 – 2007); and
- Nong Duc Manh, a former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (2001 – 2011).
The court order, known as a “super-injunction” also bans mentioning the gag itself, or even that someone had applied for a gag; it was described by WikiLeaksas unprecedented in Australia.
The order also forbids any disclosures about the order itself, and specifically commands no mention be made of the affirmed affidavit submitted to the court by Gillian Bird, a career diplomat, currently appointed as a deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Bird is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced diplomats and is responsible for relations with South East Asia which is why her affidavit, currently held sealed by the court, is so important.”
The , is published at WikiLeaks at