DAP veteran challenges integrity minister to prove that he means what he says

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang has told Paul Low, the minister for integrity, to walk the talk instead of just making public statements.

He said this in response to Low’s remarks yesterday when he called for protection of whistleblowers who expose corruption, abuse or fraud cases sheltered under the Official Secrets Act.

The DAP supremo said Low should do something to prove that he meant what he said, rather than just talking about the matter.

“Now he’s (Low) talking about his views. We don’t want to hear his views. We want his actions,” Lim told FMT.

On February 6, Attorney-General Apandi Ali was quoted by a Chinese daily as saying that he was considering amending the Offical Secrets Act to increase the penalties against those involved in leaking state secrets, and also threatened to jail journalists who reported from these sources.

He was said to have been looking at the possibility of imposing life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the rotan for those found guilty

However, Low, who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was quoted by Malaysiakini yesterday as saying that the Whistleblower Protection Act, which currently grants no protection to those who leak OSA documents, should also be expanded.

Low said the Act should protect civil servants and provide them with a secure channel in which to expose wrongdoings and misappropriation in government.

However, in response, Lim, who is MP for Gelang Patah, said: “Focus on the issue. The time to give his (Low) views are past. He is the minister in charge of corruption but it has been three years and he is still just talking about it.”

Source from FMT NEWS

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