Malaysia must move with the times towards more transparency and greater freedom of information, not secrecy.

KUALA LUMPUR: There is only one patriotic task before Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali: not to find ways to prevent the exposé of future mega scandals but instead ensure that mega scandals cannot happen in Malaysia.

“This can be done by getting to the bottom of Najib’s twin mega scandals through a Royal Commission of Inquiry RCI),” said suspended Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang in a statement. “There must be a public probe by independent and credible Commissioners for the whole truth behind the twin mega scandals to emerge.”

He was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi criticising “actions by certain parties who are trying to politicise the AG’s decision to review the penalties under the OSA”.

Apandi’s proposal was in fact the most politicised proposal from him when he was supposed to defend the Federal Constitution, warned Lim. “Former Attorney-General Abu Talib Othman was right. Malaysia must move with the times towards more transparency and greater freedom of information, not secrecy.”

The DAP veteran also noted that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Hasan Arifin had unilaterally and arbitrarily announced the closing of the PAC hearings on the 1MDB Scandal after testimonies by two more witnesses next week. “Many key witnesses, including the two most important individuals, have not been summoned.”

“The two most important witnesses for the PAC hearings on 1MDB are Najib himself and the Penang-born billionaire Jho Low.”

The reason that the country must “make a closure and move forward” cannot be cited for accepting the AG’s exoneration of Najib, added Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader. 

“We must get to the bottom of the truth behind the scandals.”

Umno Johor, he lamented, had accepted the AG’s decision on January 26 to exonerate Najib of any criminal wrongdoing on the RM2.6 billion “donation” and RM42 million SRC International scandals.

The focus of Malaysians before, during and after the Chinese New Year was firmly and solidly on Najib’s globally-notorious twin mega scandals, pointed out Lim. “There are no signs that Najib’s twin mega scandals will end as the premier issues any time soon.”

Almost every day, new angles are surfacing to decry the dismal failure to give full and satisfactory accountability to put Najib’s twin mega scandals to rest, continued Lim. 

“This only serves to highlight the great gulf between the profession and reality of Najib’s National Transformation Programme objective of ‘1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now’.”

In the past 24 hours, said Lim, the questions that surfaced include the Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir confirming that the RM2.6 billion was not a political donation but was from a Saudi for an investment.

Najib cannot escape from the twin mega scandals, stressed Lim. “It has already brought infamy to Malaysia by ranking the country third in the world’s ‘worst corruption scandals in 2015′.”

The country has also plunged in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2015 by four places to No. 54 from No. 50 last year.

Source from FMT NEWS

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