2nd series of public hearings of PSCI – Malaysians can pass judgment on “All-Clean Verdicts”

It is a strange phenomenon. With the “All-Clean Verdict” pronounced by the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail for the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, the Deputy Internal Security Minister, Datuk Johari Baharum and the former Anti-Corruption Agency Director-General, Datuk Zulkipli Mat Noor, the country should be suffused by the aroma of cleanliness and integrity that three top officers of the land accused of corruption have been proved clean and pure.

The perfume of cleanliness and integrity from the “All-Clean Verdict” should be blowing all over the country and be the high-water mark of the Abdullah premiership which had started some four years ago with the promise to make eradication of corruption and the promotion of integrity its top priority — especially as it has nothing else to show on this score, after the escape of the 18 “big fishes” into the South China Sea.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. More questions have been raised instead about national integrity confined not just to the independence, professionalism and credibility of the “All-Clean Verdicts” and their investigations, but the very independence, impartiality and professionalism of the Anti-Corruption Agency, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the police.

This is why in the first week of Parliament beginning on August 27, I will be asking the Prime Minister to explain why the Attorney-General’s “All-Clean Verdict” for Musa, Johari and Zulkipli on corruption allegations have raised more questions about the government’s commitment to “zero tolerance for corruption” and whether he will introduce legislation to have an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and an independent ACA.

The Malaysian public will have an opportunity to give their views about this strange phenomenon as well as to pass judgment on the National Integrity Plan in the second series of public hearings of Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity in four states this month, viz

Johor Baru – August 8 – 10 am
(Bilik Gerakan Tun Razak, Dewan Undangan Negeri Johor, Johor Bharu)

Malacca – August 9 – 10 am
(Bilik Gerakan Tun Mutahir, Dewan Undangan Negeri Melaka, Melaka)

Ipoh – August 15 – 10 am
(Bilik Gerakan Negeri, Dewan Undangan Negeri Perak, Ipoh)

Alor Setar – August 16 – 10 am
(Bilik Gerakan Dewan Undangan Negeri Kedah, Alor Setar, Kedah)

The National Integrity Plan (NIP), launched by Abdullah in May 2004, proclaimed a five-point NIP Target 2008.

Its first target is to “effectively reduce corruption, malpractices and abuse of power” with the specific objective of improving Malaysia’s ranking in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) from 37th place in 2003 to at least 30th position in 2008. We have been heading in the opposite direction in the past three years, falling to 39th placing in 2004 and 2005 and plunging to 44th placing in 2006, with all signs of further drop this year.

Its other targets are:

2. Improve efficiency in the public service delivery system and overcome bureaucratic red tape.

3. Enhance corporate governance and business ethics.

4. Strengthen the family institution.

5.. Improve the quality of life and people’s well being.

The NIP stated that achievement of Target 5 will be measured among other things “Reduction in the incidence of crimes in the society, especially serious crimes, crimes against property and sexual crimes. Such reduction is a measure of safety in the community.”

  1. #1 by smeagroo on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 1:26 pm

    Our PM is Mr Clean and it permeates thru the entire administration.

  2. #2 by lakshy on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 1:45 pm

    In the Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum’s investigation by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), from what I interpreted, he is not free yet. What the AG said amounts to what in the US they say is a discharge not amounting to an acquittal.

    This means that as long as Johari toes the line, he is ok, if not, I am sure some fresh evidence will suddenly surface. That was my interpretation, I could be wrong. Perhaps someone could enlighten me.

  3. #3 by sotong on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 2:04 pm

    The 18 ” big fishes ” escaped into the South China Sea are now Sharks, waiting for opportunity.

  4. #4 by Godfather on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 2:11 pm

    The stench is overwhelming, which is why some of us need to get out of town.

  5. #5 by Godfather on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 2:12 pm

    Although to UMNO supporters like RealWorld, the response would be “Smell? What smell?”

  6. #6 by ahkok1982 on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 2:25 pm

    asking AAB to do something is like asking a dead wood to grow again. rather than becoming a strong tree rooted to the ground, only fungus, moss and mushrooms will grow there and worms infesting in it. then it starts to rot and that is when the smell comes in.
    i would rather sit on an 18hour super economy flight beside a fat guy guy with flatulence problems rather than one minute with aab.

  7. #7 by Sergei on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 2:54 pm

    Of course we are clean……we’re Bangsa Malaysia
    We’ve 1st class mentalities.

    We promotes equal opportunities for the bumis
    We lead a dignified life. ACA has certified it
    We don’t practice sex discrimination. We’ve apologised n forgiven
    We provide freedom to religion, freedom to compete for the remaining 70% economic pie

    What else do you want?

  8. #8 by OverseaMalaysian on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 11:05 pm

    The A-G had cleared the cases within 2 weeks? Leaving a few million dollars’ question for all of us to guess: How thorough were the investigations?

  9. #9 by alanyeap on Friday, 3 August 2007 - 11:51 pm

    Long time didn’t post comment.

    Pak Lah doesn’t Lie.

    Why? Lets look at the WORD Game.

    “zero tolerance for corruption” = No Tolerance for corruption = All clean verdict.

    When everyone is “All Clean verdict”. There is No Tolerance needed.
    When No Tolerance needed, it is ZERO Tolerance.

    So Pak Lah doesn’t Lie. He is speaking the Truth.

    Its us People that misunderstood him. So, it is our fault to misunderstood his statement.

    So Pak Lah WALK the TALK.

  10. #10 by doggone on Sunday, 5 August 2007 - 4:55 pm

    Come on guys. Serious crimes are absolutely pardonable in Malaysia. But if you forget to carry your MyKad around, the slammer is where you WILL BE !!

    I can’t really pin down that smell in the air. I know it neutralizes the cologne you slap on, yet it is rather ‘addictive’ after awhile. Kinda like a petai and century eggs concoction which could only be acquired through daily bombardment. ‘Aromatize’ the air often enough and the people will believe it smells good.

    Heck, now I prefer the aroma of my jamban more than the tantalizing olfactory sensation I get walking into The Body Shop.

    Come visit Malaysia 2007, where ‘poofumes’ is in the air .

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