The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Exposé
The Sarawak Report is the stranger-than-fiction tale of how one womanuncovered the world’s biggest theft which, in 2018, brought down theMalaysian government.Investigating the deforestation of Sarawak, Borneo, and the dispossession ofits people, journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown followed a trail of corruptionthat led her to the heart of Malaysian politics and to Prime MinisterNajib Razak himself. Determined that the public should know the truth,she started a blog, which became Malaysia’s go-to news outlet for informationthat the government was trying to suppress – and whistleblowers wanted toget out. She was soon running a radio station too.To nail down absolute proof, Rewcastle Brown criss-crossed the globeand, defying danger, pieced together the evidence of the 1MDB scandal –the theft of billions from the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Her reporting –exposing the shady dealings of international politicians, finance powerhouses,prominent PR firms, and Hollywood glitterati – convulsed Malaysian politicsand reverberated around the world. The US government made its largestever kleptocracy asset seizure, while banks and bankers fell.Sweeping in scope, The Sarawak Report provides a jaw-dropping behindthe-scenes narrative of Malaysia’s recent turbulent political struggles,revealing, as never before, how government-funded cyber-warfare and fakenews operate, and, in an era of threadbare mainstream media, demonstratingthat epoch-changing investigative journalism is still possible. It is an urgentaccount of the reality of globalisation – and the astonishing story of howone person made a difference.