Scandals, real or imagined?

The Malaysian Insider
Dec 30, 2011

DEC 30 — When it comes to scandals of the financial variety, Putrajaya seems to have only one answer: blame the opposition.

Fair enough; the opposition does the same when it gets caught. Sometimes both sides are no better than the other.

Yet, what happens to the scandals? The National Feedlot Centre (NFC) “mess” was first revealed in the Auditor-General’s Report for 2010.

It blew up with further revelations from a few whistleblowers via PKR. Anti-graft officials passed the matter to the police. And over month later, it remains under investigation.

As is the matter of a man now held for attempting to “settle” the matter for those in the NFC. But Barisan Nasional (BN) has been quick to say it is an opposition plot to smear Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil.

And that the NFC has nothing to do with her, as the project is undertaken by her family. Not her.

It remains that the Auditor-General was the first to raise alarm bells about the NFC. Just as he and his team did with the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ).

We now have a similar situation with the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who is in charge of Islamic religious affairs, Senator Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, whose legal fees were paid using zakat funds.

Is this an opposition plot too?

Come on. Datuk Seri Najib Razak came in with the promise of reforms and cleaning up the system.

It appears that despite setting up corruption courts and putting in other measures, nothing is being done about financial improprieties.

The government must be seen to be doing something about this. There is no use talking up efforts to fight graft if nothing is being done beyond making speeches and blaming the opposition.

Most, if not all, Malaysians want a clean, efficient and trustworthy government. Do we need to remind BN that the phrase used to be its motto?

Or is it leaving it to the voters to decide to bloody its nose again at the ballot box?

These are real scandals that need immediate action. Not denials, defensiveness and blame.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Friday, 30 December 2011 - 5:45 pm

    ///These are real scandals that need immediate action.///

    If the scandals allegedly involve opposition party members, I bet there will be lightning action. The MACC and corruption courts are only Umno’s catspaws used to intimidate the opposition.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Friday, 30 December 2011 - 5:55 pm

    As long as UMNO b is governing….be it anyone becoming a PM…all scandals are false….yet not one so call rumor monger is suit by such good.. righteous government…to show Malaysians they are so call …a non corrupted government.
    The whole world knows UMNO b ministers are greedy and corrupted to the core.
    The sad part is…there are some of their members and MCA..MIC..politicians supporting corruptions…to divide and rule for becoming rich themselves…under the politicians that cares for Malaysians.
    These crooked hypocrites are getting less support…as 2 million young new voters…can see them through and through…..being more educated and can think without being influence by any it from BN or PR.
    They want change of government…to try something new too..if not to change and get rid of corruptions and race dirty politics…to keep dividing Malaysians….weakening only the Malays more than others.

  3. #3 by Bunch of Suckers on Friday, 30 December 2011 - 7:00 pm

    When those suckers of BN/UMNO caught in stealing and sucking. they always blame on Opposition!! What chauvinistic acts of Bolehland BN/UMNO?

    Without Oppositions…, esp. DAP with LKS, Bolehland has gone with the Wind long before these days! All those hard-earned money would be sucked off into BN/UMNO suckers’ pockets!

    Suckers, shame on you and BN/UMNO for wrongly accused & blamed the Oppositions!!!!!

    BACK OFF and step down immediately………

  4. #4 by Winston on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 6:24 am

    “Fair enough; the opposition does the same when it gets caught.” –
    End of quote

    Well, well, well!
    Pray, how often have the opposition been caught and by what
    earth-shattering sum were the scandals that they were involved
    I must say that there is a bit of a loose canon in the author of this

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 7:03 am

    HOW NR n UmnoB/BN wish dat we r still in d era of PRE-INTERNET, like during MMK’s rule
    Absolute control of msm n feeding only feel good info 2 rakyat
    Then, all corrupt cases swept under carpet n unheard of
    DAMN the Internet n PR 4 digging up corrupt cases!

  6. #6 by k1980 on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 8:49 am

    It is also an opposition plot to accuse saifool of poking plastic objects up his a-hole.

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 9:45 am

    Honestly, scandals in Malaysia even the big ones are only a small part of the big picture. Truth be told, what has been lost amount to many many more times more but does not get attention simply because its more complicated.

    Take for example NFC, its only RM250m. Peanuts compared to what is lost in defense contracts which numbers in billions maybe even tens of billions..AND that is the easier ones to identify.

    Take Proton for example, Malaysian don’t get it that they have subisidized it in the tune of tens of billions maybe even as much as a hundred billion, if not it will be soon enough, and yet what has it created?

    Scandal in Malaysia? Its peanuts..

  8. #8 by rockdaboat on Saturday, 31 December 2011 - 1:49 pm

    Charge the businessman for cheating to divert attention in the NFC case?

    WE WANT JUSTICE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. #9 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 1 January 2012 - 3:37 am

    Tan Sri Robert Phang says:

    “The Rakyat are tired of excuses…..
    The ball is in MACC’s or police’s courts to take action…..”

    I like this one:
    “I invite MACC Chief Commissioner to deliver the lectures to Shahrizat and Adek which he delivered to me on the meaning of gratification…”

    Ha ha…..MACC is the laughing stock again. Maybe, MACC’s New Yr resolution – MACC should throw itself out of MACC’s window. No one will get hurt. The nation would be rid of a curse, a pest, a nuisance.

  10. #10 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 1 January 2012 - 3:43 am

    MACC will need a re-branding exercise again when Pakatan Rakyat takes over Putrajaya…

    …change all its windows so it lets in fresh air and sunshine to deodorise all that stink in its name…

    …then change all its Commissioners and Chief Commissioners whose mouths are bigger than their brains…..

    …and so on… and so forth… ad infinitum….
    ….and then go after all ex-BN ministers; PKFZ, Cows and Condos and all….

  11. #11 by ttc52 on Thursday, 5 January 2012 - 1:00 am

    I don’t see how we can get rid of this crooks if the Police and MACC is being corrupted by their delaying, slow and selective remanding/prosecution tactics. Take the case of NFC, it was obvious that the (Salleh) guy paid RM 1.7 mil to this “Mr Fix it” to resolve the NFC case but when the attempt got burst the Salleh guy lodged a report against him for cheating. MACC acted swiftly arrested and reprimand the “Mr Fix it” but however nothing happens to the main perpetrator and Mastermind (Salleh). Why its’n he (Salleh) got reprimanded for questioning. Is MACC being selective? Is being “selective/preferential” another form of corruption?.

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