Sunday, February 22, 2009

New anti-corruption body yet another BN lap dog?- Malaysiakini

It is so quick to act on reports against Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim but chooses to ignore the years of abuses under the previous administration of Khir Toyo.’
On Car & Cows: S'gor MB could be charged

Helen Yeap: It never ceases to amaze me how low the clowns from Barisan Nasional will stoop to stay in power and continue with its blatant pillaging of taxpayers' monies.
The MACC is turning out to be just another BN lapdog. The MACC is so quick to act on reports against the current democratically-elected Pakatan Rakyat MB of Selangor but chooses to ignore the years and millions if not billions of abuses under the previous administration of Khir Toyo.
Just think of the few cases which spring to mind - illegal buildings built without permits on land where land taxes have not been paid for decades, approvals for hill-side developments which caused death and destruction etc, etc.
Malaysia is a country run by corrupt officials who do not even pretend to be democratic anymore. It will very soon be on par with the likes of Indonesia or worse, Zimbabwe. There is no hope left.
All young Malaysians should get out if they can and all Malaysians living overseas would do well to spread the word about the evil BN government officials and ministers who steal taxpayers’ money through shady contracts.
They then run off to live in their fancy bungalows in Australia and other ‘Western’ places.

John Tan: My compliments to the newly-minted MACC for their swift action in wrapping-up investigations on the above. Which in a way makes me wonder what happened to all the other reported cases of suspected corrupt practices.
Since some of them have not been highlighted for so long, most of us might have trouble recalling them but off-hand there are a few good ones that come to mind ie, Pempena, the Youth and Sports Ministry and PKFZ affair.
I am sure many of us can help the MACC to recall more. I hope the MACC would also demonstrate their competence over a broad spectrum of cases and not be seen to be selective when it comes to swift action.
After all public perception is everything when it comes to image unless the MACC does not need to maintain that image.
The EC, another ‘independent body’ has demonstrated that public opinion means nothing to them so I hope the MACC is not thinking in the same vein.

Stephen Ng: It is in my opinion, the MACC chief has clearly abused his position in making a public statement against a VIP. As a matter of fact, a decision has yet to be made by the attorney- general whether to charge the menteri besar.
For Ahmad Said to make the statement, he was already preempting the AG’s decision, leaving the AG with no leeway for his own discretion.
This will also raise a lot of concerns whether the MACC will be seen as biased. I am sure in the past, a number of reports were lodged against other political figures which the MACC did not investigate seriously.
Why then is there now such a strong stand made against the political leader of a Pakatan Rakyat component party? He did not personally benefit from the distribution of the meat. And I am sure he has used his Lexus for official functions.
Ahmad Said has a lot to explain to the people why irregularities by the previous Selangor administration have gone unchecked or why irregularities highlighted by the auditor-general’s report against certain government departments were never investigated.
The behaviour of Ahmad Said and MACC would certainly raise many an eyebrow.

Yuvan: Wow! The speed at which MACC investigates complaints and reports against non-BN politicians is amazing. It is truly supersonic!
Now, can the MACC maintain the same speed and enthusiasm in its investigations into all those countless number of complaints and reports involving BN politicians?
MACC should prove, beyond any doubt, that they are able to discharge their duties and responsibilities without fear or favour. All that they should see is the validity of the complaint or the report and if the person or persons implicated have committed an offence.
They should maintain an absolute neutral stand and should not at all be concerned about the status and position of the person or persons they are investigating. Only then can we believe that MACC is truly independent and transparent.

Kenny Gan: MACC should be mindful that it is not perceived as an Umno stooge by the public so early in its formation by going after ludicrous and marginal cases involving opposition politicians while ignoring serious cases of real corruption by Umno politicians.
Even if Selangor MB Khalid really used state funds to buys cows for the poor, what is wrong with that? The public does not see it as corruption as he has not stolen a cent for his own pocket.
As Khalid has explained that he used his personal Lexus for official functions, what is wrong in using state funds for maintenance?
This is no more than a company reimbursing staff for use of their personal cars for company purposes.
Are these the worst crimes in the country? The AG and the MACC should not treat the public as stupid lest they be regarded with scorn and derision.

CH Siew: Since the set up of MACC, many reports were filed especially by Pakatan Rakyat on irregularities involving BN personalities.
Yet, it seems that the MACC is very picky on whom they should investigate. Nothing at all was done with the reports involving BN personalities but full-hearted commitment was given to those involving Pakatan Rakyat.
Am I seeing a bias in MACC behaviour? It is just another minion created to protect BN's interest.
The matter of the cows and cars have already been explained. Still they are out to nail our MB of Selangor. I would say that the MACC has used its creativity in the wrong place.
It is very obvious now that any scheme that BN created by Pak Lah or Najib cannot be trusted because they are simply not straight.

GH Kok: Deputy PM Najib is on the warpath. Starting from the illegal overthrow of the Perak state government, to threats and bribery in Kedah and Selangor and undermining the integrity and dignity of Selangor exco Elizabeth Wong, now he trains his weapons on Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid.
He's using all available weapons at his disposal - the media, the police and the MACC, the Special Branch, state agencies and private parties.
It is obvious from the recent sequence of events that he wants to destroy Pakatan Rakyat at all costs.
He is embarking on a systematic attack on the representatives that we have voted for and put in office. Indirectly, he is launching an attack on us, the voters. He must be stopped.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Perak Crisis: A Mockery of our Democratic system- Hannah Yeoh

Nizar 'booted out' of MB's office- Malaysiakini photo

To those who argue that the political crisis in Perak now is a taste of Pakatan's own medicine (referring to the Sept 16 takeover plan), they have failed to see the key differences between the two.

If you remember what happened when Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed to have the numbers to form the new federal government, he wrote to PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi requesting him to convene an emergency sitting of Parliament. This was rejected by the PM. The next constitutional option is to press for the dissolution of Parliament to make way for fresh new elections. That was also not entertained. Anwar Ibrahim exhausted the constitutional means that were available to him. If Pakatan were to act unconstitutionally and lure defections, then we will be having a new government today. But we didn't and we will not act unconstitutionally.

So you can't say that Najib's coup and Pakatan's plan were one and the same.Some may also say, well what about the earlier defection of Bota assemblyman, Datuk Nasarudin Hashim? Why did Pakatan Rakyat accept him? Why not force his seat to be vacated for a by-election? Let's keep things in perspective here. His defection was that of an opposition lawmaker to a governing lawmaker. His defection did not alter the balance of power in the State Assembly. Pakatan Rakyat remained as government, and BN as opposition. Status quo.

Logically and intelligently, anyone can safely assume that Pakatan Rakyat didn't need a defection from BN. Thus, he defected on his own accord and on his own will. There was no need for Pakatan Rakyat to force him to vacate his seat as he did not win the seat on a Pakatan ticket. The Pakatan government really has no standing in forcing him to vacate a seat which wasn't earned by Pakatan in the first place!

I must say that I had great respect for Sultan Azlan Shah. Until yesterday. I wonder how he could possibly consent to the formation of a new BN state government when constitutionally, a government is still in place. And to even approve to a new Menteri Besar when the existing one is still in office? How can any state have 2 heads of government at any one time? There can only be one Menteri Besar of Perak. This is a mockery. The Menteri Besar can only be removed by the State Assembly via a vote of no-confidence or via the dissolution of the assembly. And none of these two constitutional means has been requested by BN. How can anyone claim that Najib and Anwar are one and the same?

Next, the Sultan called for a "unity" government to be formed by BN and the Independents. Let's be clear about this. The Independents are in no way legally bound to represent BN. Well, at least not yet, not till they officially become members of a BN component party. All that the Sultan and Najib has from them is a verbal assurance that "we will be friendly to BN". And just by appearing in a press conference with Najib, it justifies the change of government?

What if next week these Independents were to be seen in a press conference with Pakatan? A real "unity" government envisioned by the Sultan should have been an all-inclusive government of Pakatan, BN, and the Independents. Pakatan and BN each have 28 seats, and the Independents 3. Thus, no single party or coalition has a commanding majority. If there is to be a "unity" government, it calls for a new coalition of PR-BN-Ind which is impossible.

Thus, what the Sultan has called for is simply a name without substance. What "unity" if it's going to consist of only single-minded representatives - all "friendly to BN"? That's not a "unity" government, it's a BN government. This is a mockery of the intelligence of Malaysians. A beginning of what is to come with this PM-to-be.