DAP ought to be on trial, not MACC

There is simply far too much talk and effort to displace the actual focus of what has been happening the past five weeks. They manner and angle the Oppositions have managed to twist and turn facts, circumtances and opportunities made the situation as if the authorities, who were merely doing their job in accordance with the constitutionally provided provisions is the culprit. The witch-hunting has been targetted to the MACC instead of effort to uncover the truth, which somewhat demoralised the agency and affected the efficiency in combatting white collar crimes, especially involving the Oppositions.

The NST has the story:

MACC man fed up with politicians

2009/08/16

Farrah Naz Karim

PUTRAJAYA: Accusations of bias, negative public perception and the immense pressure on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has got the better of its investigations chief, Datuk Shukri Abdull.

An exasperated Shukri threw a bombshell yesterday: the MACC will
stop investigating politicians, indefinitely.

Shukri, who is also one of the graft-fighting body’s commissioners, said he and his men felt they could not carry out their duties effectively in cases involving politicians as they were being slammed no matter what they did.

Public scorn, he said, was another reason for the decision.

Shukri said although the decision was personal, he had informed his top bosses in the commission.

However, he added, he would suggest new terms of reference for dealing with politicians next week. The terms of reference will include a separate mechanism for handling corruption cases involving politicians.

“I am frustrated. We will stop probing all politicians, across the political divide, indefinitely. I am dead serious about this.

“We have never asked for acknowledgement but we have been continuously whacked from all sides for doing our job.

“We have been giving it our all, working seven days a week, even during Hari Raya, but the manipulations have affected us so badly that my officers and I just cannot go on like this,” Shukri, who has been with the anti-graft agency for 25 years, said.

He even went to the extent of saying he would quit his job if circumstances forced his hand.

His main frustration is over the no-win situation in which the MACC is mired in.

“When we cannot charge anyone due to lack of evidence, they say we are covering up to protect the interests of certain quarters. When we do, they say we have conspired to sabotage. What are we to do?”

 

Even before the passing of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, which transformed the Anti-Corruption Agency into the MACC, it had been under siege.

The most recent case involves the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah of DAP. Teoh’s body was found soon after MACC had questioned him, in the same building in which the MACC Selangor headquarters is located.

Many people blame MACC for his death. Following a public outcry, the government initiated an inquest into his death and decided to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the interrogation methods of MACC.

MACC has also been accused by the opposition of being a tool of Barisan Nasional, claiming that the commission merely went after politicians from the opposition. Such accusations were made despite MACC releasing records showing that the number of opposition-related people probed for alleged graft paled in comparison with those from BN.

Asked about the case of Wong Chuan How, the aide to Selangor executive council member Ronnie Liu, who said that he would present himself at MACC’s headquarters here on Aug 20, Shukri said Wong “could just forget about it”.

Wong was to have assisted in MACC’s probe into alleged abuse of development funds totalling RM500,000 by several assemblymen.

The Sepang municipal councillor was involved in a scuffle with MACC officers on Friday where he injured his leg after allegedly trying to resist arrest.

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This is no good for the nation is the Oppositions, who managed to unprecedentedly  gain executive powers in five states since the 8 March 2008 12th General Elections, is starting to ‘reap the benefits’ from ‘opportunities available’. They began to practice the exact abuse of power, corruption and nepotism that they complained about when they did not have power. For the authorities to back off for fear of being indiscriminately hurled at as being unfair, selective prosecution, oppressing and worse still, machiavellian is something the Oppositions thrive to do for the longest time. And, with their ongoing propaganda for years, they actually managed to stamp that thought in the mind of Malaysians, especially the urbanised and the more biased ‘civil libertarians’ amongst the educated and professional lot. In someways, it is part of the techno-cyber-anarchism process to destablise the nation.

The whole fiasco started with PKR elected representive and one time DAP man YB Wee Choo Keong writing about DAP leaders (which suspiciously believed to be Ronnie Liu?) having meetings with Lords of the Underworld Vices in their offices in Wisma Negeri.  PKR elected representative Azmin Ali jumped in to whack them too, and asked for a reshuffle of the State Exco. All hell br0ke loose!

MACC started investigating these allegations, and Teoh was one of those interviewed.  In fact, Teoh volunteered information. That makes him an MACC credible witness, since he is an aide of Selangor State Exco Ean Yong, who is also under investigations. MACC investigators even received death threats. The rest is history.

As far as we here at BigDogDotCom are concerned the real issue is not Teoh’s death, but DAP’s links with the Undeworld Vices.  DAP is under trial.  If we realise this, how is it possible that Gobind Deo, who is a DAP leader and elected representative, is doing a watching brief for Teoh’s family and making comments about the inquest?  DAP is the party on trial, and the findings of the Teoh inquest has a direct impact on the survival of DAP.

If it is found that DAP was somehow involved in Teoh’s death to cover up their Undeworld Vices  links and divert attention elsewhere with all the DAP theatrics, Gobind shouldn’t be allowed to be anywhere near the investigation.  For him to cast aspersions towards each findings in the inquest proves that he is acting for DAP and not in the interest of finding the truth for the Teoh family.

There is too much at stake here. DAP, whose leaders assume executive positions in two State Governments and which include a Chief Minister, is on trial, be it in ‘court’ or in the eyes and perception of public opinion.

Published in: on August 18, 2009 at 12:36  Comments (21)