Is Australia ‘clean’ enough for Julie Bishop to talk about corruption in Malaysia?

 |Jun 6, 2017
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. – File pic credit Wikimedia.

OPINION

How the Chinese ‘bought up’ Australia’s government

Billionaire property developers Huang Xiangmo and Dr Chau Chak Wing reported to be amongst a large group of Chinese businessmen connected to the Chinese Communist party and its many tentacles abroad are now reported to have ‘taken ownership of government’ in Australia.

As Trojans of the Chinese government and its intelligence apparatus, they are said to have secretly funded the election campaigns of both sides of politics in Australia. Even prior to the joint ABC Fairfax media 4 Corners report which aired on June 5, it was on everyone’s lips that corruption in Australia was rampant and so deeply embedded in its political and commercial culture that it had permeated every level of Australian society compromising the integrity of its government and its bureaucratic structures.

The 4 Corners exclusive focused mainly on China’s infiltration and its influence on the Australian government to an extent that it had reached such disturbing proportions, that the US expressed grave concerns for the security of both countries to Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Shangri-La Conference in Singapore recently.

Chinese businessmen (some call them philanthropists) acting on behalf of the Chinese Communist party have made significantly large political donations, either directly or through third parties in the lead-up to federal and state election campaigns in Australia to funding starved parties holding their hands out for funds. In return they have bought influence favouring China locally and abroad.

Dr Chau and Huang’s companies are known to have ‘donated’ $200,000 to the WA Liberal Party, the home branch of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Andrew Robb’s Victorian fundraising efforts received $100,000 from Huang in 2014, during the time Robb, as trade minister was putting the finishing touches to the China Free Trade Agreement.

Julie Bishop as an agent of regime change

Bishop’s ‘statement’ about concerns of corruption in the Malaysian government in June of 2016 was more than one of general concern by a friend.

By her statement she was in fact endorsing claims by the allegedly foreign-funded Opposition in Malaysia, which has been alleged to receive foreign funding, among them via the Clinton Global Initiative.

It was reported previously that Australia contributed to the initiative which has been plagued with controversy, among them to destabilize countries in our region and further afar.

However, last year, Australia confirmed to news.com.au that they stopped contributing to the Clinton Foundation. The portal reported that over the period of 10 years, the contributions from Australia were worth more than $88 million.

With regards to commenting on the state of things in Malaysia, Bishop’s information was allegedly supplied to her by a group here who call themselves Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

C4 is a group claiming to be an NGO fighting corruption in Malaysia, known to have received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (a shadowy Washington foundation which is behind the worldwide Regime Change Initiatives and the Plan for the New American Century).

What is interesting is that receipt of foreign donations by political parties or individuals is not an offence in either Malaysia or Australia.

It therefore raises the question as to what motivated people like Bishop to make the allegations of corruption against the Malaysian government in her thinly veiled comments in 2016.

Bishop is without doubt from the growing number of revelations about her treatment of public finances, reporting of her parliamentary expenses accounts and receipt of funds from foreign figures connected to a foreign government and its intelligence agencies is a public figure whose hands are far from clean and her mouth even less so.

Of particular interest to countries like Malaysia from this damming expose of institutionalized and deeply entrenched corruption in Australia is Bishop’s receipt of a part of a $700,000 Chinese ‘donation’ to Tony Abbot, former Prime Minister of Australia.

She somehow though found time to express her “grave concerns” over reports of corruption in the Malaysian government in July 2016 when her own hands appear to have been tainted.

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Gopal Raj Kumar is a MO reader and contributor.