MACC must break its silence on the corruption-cum-treason case of selling Navy secrets to foreigners in connection with the purchase of the Scorpene submarines

Yesterday, public confidence in the professionalism, independence, impartiality and integrity of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reached a new low 41 months after it was elevated from its former form as Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) with greatly expanded powers, budget and staffing.

Members of Parliament and Malaysians were promised when the MACC Bill was debated in Parliament in December 2008 that the MACC was going to become another ICAC (Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption) respected world-wide for its uncompromising and no-nonsense commitment against corruption without fear or favour for position, status or influence.

Instead, MACC continues to be a standing joke as it has not been able to
to shake off its early image as a tool of the Barisan Nasional to hound and persecute Pakatan Rakyat leaders and establish its reputation as a fearless, uncompromising and dedicated graft-fighter, whether against ikan bilis or ikan yu.

MACC harvested many media headlines yesterday, including:

“MACC clears Shahrizat of NFC contract, loan award”;

“Anti-graft panel wants Azmin probe re-opened”; and

“Probes against Taib, Musa yet to be resolved”.

But these headlines has further reinforced public perception and conviction that the MACC is making no progress whatsoever towards becoming another ICAC but just a more expensive and bloated ACA.

For 1996, Parliament approved a budget of RM29.4 million for ACA and that was the year when Malaysia was ranked No. 26 in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) with the highest CPI score of 5.32 in the past 17 years.

For 2011, Parliament approved RM 202.2 million for MACC, about seven times the budget for ACA in 1996, but Malaysia’s TI CPI ranking plummeted to No. 60 out of 183 countries with a lowest-ever CPI score of 4.3 out of 10 in the past 17 years.

By coincidence rather than by design, the public image of MACC as an impotent and irrelevant body to deal with VIP and high-profile corruption cases was brought into sharp focus not only by the harvest of MACC headlines yesterday but also by the revelation in Bangkok by French lawyer Joseph Breham, counsel for human rights NGO Suaram in its corruption case against Paris-owned shipbuilder DCNS that the company had paid 36 million euro (RM142 million) for a secret document by the Malaysian Navy on an evaluation for the order of the Scorpene-class submarine.

The selling of top secret document from the Royal Malaysian Navy is an act of treason and national betrayal. It is also a despicable case of corruption.

Malaysians are entitled to know why the MACC, including its Operations Evaluation Panel, are totally unconcerned and unmoved by such heinous crimes of “grand corruption” when they have so much time to be pawn and catspaw of Barisan Nasional to harass and persecute Pakatan Rakyat leaders – as in the infamous case causing the death of Teoh Beng Hock in July 2009, the harassment of Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as well as the disgraceful role of MACC in the undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional toppling of the Pakatan Rakyat Perak State Government in 2009.

MACC must break its silence on the corruption-cum-treason case of selling Navy secrets to foreigners in connection with the purchase of the Scorpene submarines.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 1:08 pm

    ///The selling of top secret document from the Royal Malaysian Navy is an act of treason and national betrayal. It is also a despicable case of corruption.///

    It makes one wonder whether the selling of top secret document had the “blessing” of the Defence Minister.

  2. #2 by Albert Choong on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 2:11 pm

    The MACC is very famous for sweeping under the carpet in most cases involving UMNO warlords and cronies. A blatant example is the clearing of the cowgate scandal.

    This case of the corruption-cum-treason of selling navy secrets will be KIV until 15 years later when there is a change of a warlord taking over the leadership of UMNO b. The former ACA cleared PKR Azmin because the was no element of corruption some years ago. But now the case is opened again! Diversion! Diversion! The self-exiled fugitive RPK or the Man in Dark in Malaysia advised to reactivate the Azmin case to divert attention from the many true corrupt shenanigans and activities.

  3. #3 by rockdaboat on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 2:15 pm

    MACC is an international laughing stock.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 3:02 pm

    Gawd knows what other old files and cases they will gladly reopen now just in time for the general elections.

    What Karpal did back in 1977, LKS in 1982, Anwar did in school in 1966, Chua Jui Meng did in 1984 etc etc.

    MACC the Knife is back in town !!

  5. #5 by Godfather on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 3:51 pm

    The MACC did drag a few ikan bilis to court especially those from the Home Ministry and the Tourism Ministry. But even those ikan bilis managed to get away with “not guilty” verdicts. Which goes to show how big the holes in MACC’s net must be.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 4:30 pm

    You know the really really incredible part – UMNO-BN can sell national security secrets to foreigners to make money BUT the rakyat can’t even know how rich our ministers are or see the IPP contracts or Tajuddin deal to see how we are being fleeced daily!!!

  7. #7 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 5:23 pm

    #6 Bigjoe. Yeah, you are absolutely right!

    BN operatives can sell national defence secrets and put Malaysian lives in harm’s way.

    BTW, najib, when oil was USD150/barrel, pump price was RM1.50/litre.
    Now, oil price is USD85/barrel, how come pump price is still RM2.90/litre?

    Maybe no point talking to you as Minister of Finance. After all you don’t understand Business Maths or count properly. You never had to, born with a diamond spoon in your mouth.

  8. #8 by undertaker888 on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 5:53 pm

    They would sell their mothers too if the price is right. mother-sellers!!!

  9. #9 by monsterball on Friday, 1 June 2012 - 11:19 pm

    All UMNO b Ministers are truthful…and all PR politicians are rumor mongers and liars.
    I wonder how may idiots believe that.

  10. #10 by assamlaksa on Saturday, 2 June 2012 - 2:32 am

    Another factor to consider is the quality of work of our law enforcers.
    We often hear cases being thrown out due to technicalities, MACC and PDRM alike do not appear to be have sufficient intelligent people to solve cases. And now, they even changed the law from “one is innocent until proven guilty in court” to “one is guilty when arrested unless you can prove your innocent” so that their job is now easier.

  11. #11 by yhsiew on Saturday, 2 June 2012 - 6:25 am

    Common sense tells us that he wants an early election, in case the French court unfolds more scandals. However, he just cannot have it now due to aftereffects of Bersih 3.0 (though the cattle-condos case is cleared).

  12. #12 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 2 June 2012 - 11:34 am

    Macc: “Errr…”
    There silence broken.

  13. #13 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Saturday, 2 June 2012 - 11:38 am

    Cow case cleared yhsiew? Nah. It would be cleared only when cowgirl faces the law. Meanwhile jib stupidly decided to keep the issue by asking macc to clear her.

  14. #14 by boh-liao on Saturday, 2 June 2012 - 4:18 pm

    MACC boasted we r better than d best, better than d 1 in HK, we protect deomoncracy here

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