Rais, Where is your MACC report?

It has been nine solid days since Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim Ph.D threatened to make a report with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and still non avail.

The Paper that cares took note of this score:

 

Rais yet to lodge report with MACC

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 10:44:00

PETALING JAYA: Information, Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has yet to make good on his threat to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on what he has described as baseless claims of his son being one of the beneficiaries of a RM1 billion grant to nine telcos through his ministry.

An MACC spokesman told The Malay Mail: “We have not received any reports from the minister on this issue.

“He has yet to ask us to investigate the bloggers concerned and this was clarified by our director Datuk Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya.”

Rais had earlier said he would lodge a report with the MACC to investigate the claims against his son which had been posted on Internet blogs.

The reports were supposed to have been lodged with the MACC against bloggers Taikors and Taikuns (TnT) and bigdogdotcom.

Meanwhile, TnT blogger, identified only as Tony, told The Paper That Cares: “We at TnT were alerted to the issue by a source and we will do anything to protect this source. As bloggers, we have our way of verifying claims.

“The minister mentioned we made allegations, but that is not true. We certainly did not mention anybody doing anything, It was a teaser and not intended to harm anybody.

“The minister can go ahead and make a report against us, but we don’t care.”

It had been reported earlier that RockyBru blogger Datuk Ahiruddin Attan was called up by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to assist in investigations on his blog entry: “Who gets Santa Rais’ RM1 billion handout?” dated Oct 9.

Also, Zakir Mohamad of Bigdog.com had said any report Rais planned to lodge would not serve any purpose and that he should expect negative remarks as he was a public figure.

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He also made a similar threat to lodge a report with the Police for Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan’s article “Santa Rais” in the same breadth and he did execute that within 24 hours. That was eight days ago and since then Rocky been questioned by the Minister’s Communication and Multimedia Commission investogators twice and had the Police confiscate his ‘Ferrari’ and streamyx modem from his Puchong home.

Lets look back The Malay Mail report on Monday 11 October 2010:

It’s character assassination, says Rais

Minister refutes claims son in telco deal, plans police report against bloggers
CECILIA VICTOR
Monday, October 11th, 2010 11:18:00

RAIS: Claims no family members are associated with any dealings

PETALING JAYA: Minister of Information, Communications and Culture Datuk Seri Rais Yatim yesterday denied claims his son’s telecommunication company was one of the beneficiaries of the ministry’s RM1 billion grant to improve broadband access within the nation.
When contacted by The Malay Mail, Rais replied via SMS text: “I have no nexus whatsoever in response to the alleged claims made by Taikors and Taikuns (TnT), a business blog and bigdogdotcom.

“I categorically deny it and regard the blog story as a means of character assassination.”

The bloggers posted claims of Rais’ son was beneficiary of this government grant to nine telecommunication corporations to develop the access of connectivity in Malaysia.

The grant, made via the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is intended to achieve a 50 per cent broadband household penetration rate.

The 2.6GHz spectrum would be made for allocation in January 2013.

Rais said: “I state that in my 40 years of public service, I have never availed nor allowed myself to indulge in acts associated with those false and wild allegations.

“No members of my family are even remotely associated with those slanted and ill-intended allegations, and will forthwith assert my rights under the law and report the matter to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so that an investigation could be under way.

“It is sad and unfortunate to find the blog also adversely speculated and alleged wrongdoing of the ministry’s secretary-general and other public servants.

“I will make a police report in reference to the false news raised by the bloggers.”

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We welcome this intention to make the report.

But Rais, where is your MACC report?

MACC would be compelled to investigate all the dealings with regards to MCMC and all agencies under Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, which include awards of contracts and grants. Not only the Minister’s role in such exercises but officers within the Ministry as well. It is the best mechanism for ‘Transparency’, which what our posting on the 8 October was all about and Datuk Rocky linked to his famed Rocky’s Bru blog.

Why Rais have yet gone to the MACC and lodge his report, like he threatened to? What is he waiting for?

We were told Rais keeps telling officers in his ministry, Berani kerana benar. Even lame reply by Abdul Haq published on Saturday 16 October 2010 in response to Shamsul Akmar’s article was about Rais’s echo.

Since Rais have yet lodge the Police, how about members of the public lodge the report to MACC?

This episode grabbed too many attention across the nation. Even to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin’s responses were made known here in the cybersphere. Soon enough the public would demand the end game of this episode. In the film “Untouchables”, the character Al Capone played by Bob De Niro said an interview with the press, “Wait till the fight is over, one man left standing, That’s when you know the who is the winner”.

We don’t intend not to be able to stand upright when the fight is done…..

BTW, in case Rais failed to notice, over there are over 40 pro-Government bloggers postings all over the bloggosphere against him. All these within a week. Never before this lot lambasted so strong and intensely against a Cabinet Minister in this short period of time.

*Updated 3pm

Due to a technical glitch, this posting was publihsed @ 830am this morning but it was auto-taken of the post sometime 1030am. We apologize for the problem.

 

 

 

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