Najib Government is even more shambolic than the Abdullah Government, not only the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, but Cabinet Ministers and DPM in the dark as to what the PM is doing

The Najib Government is even more shambolic than its predecessor, the Abdullah Government, not only the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, but Cabinet Ministers and the DPM in the dark as to what the PM is doing.

It has resulted in the Sabah Speaker and Sabah UMNO Deputy Liaison Chief , Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak virtually demanding for the resignation of the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and three Cabinet Ministers, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Khairy Jamaluddin for “trying to save their own necks” on the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and the latest 1MDB-LTH bailout fiasco by breaching the principle of collective Ministerial responsibility, “making statements as if they are outsiders and not part of the Cabinet”.

Salleh asked:

“Are they suggesting that these matters currently attracting controversy were never discussed in the Cabinet meetings or that they were and that they had disagreed with the decisions?

“If Cabinet Ministers have anything to say then it should be done during the Cabinet meetings… so if they feel they no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister or disagree with certain Cabinet decisions then they should resign instead of trying to derail what the Prime Minister is doing.”

I agree with Salleh that it is “absolutely unethical” and unacceptable for any Cabinet Minister, including the Deputy Prime Minister, to continue as “members of the Cabinet and then deny all responsibility and refuse to accept collective responsibility.”

But this proposition cannot apply if the 1MDB-LTH land deal bailout fiasco was never discussed in the Cabinet, which would give justification for the quartet – Muhyiddin, Hishammudin, Shafie and Khairy – to publicly express their concerns.

The best person to throw light as to whether the Cabinet had discussed the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal and the latest 1MDB-LTH land deal bailout fiasco is the Prime Minister himself, whether in his meeting with Sabah Umno leaders later today and with UMNO Division chiefs in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

The 1MDB-LTH land deal bailout fiasco has already opened a can of worms, with revelations by The Malaysian Insider that this is not the first instance in which Tabung Haji, a savings fund for Muslim pilgrims to perform the haj in Mecca, had been abused to help out an ailing company.

In 1998, under the chairmanship of then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s brother-in-law, the late Tan Sri Ahmad Razali Mohamed Ali, Tabung Haji overpaid for two buildings that it purchased in Kuala Lumpur.

The two buildings in question were TH Perdana, which it bought from Maju Holdings Sdn Bhd for RM117.08 million more than what it was worth, and TH Selborn, which was developed by Swasta Setia Holdings Sdn Bhd and sold at a price that was RM51.38 million more than its actual value.

Tabung Haji paid a total RM436.38 million for the two properties, even though the valuator estimated that they were worth RM267.92 million.

Malaysiakini meanwhile has quoted whistleblower site Sarawak Report that the misappropriation of religious funds isn’t entirely new, citing the case in Sarawak where a state minister allegedly invested Baitulmal funds into development projects.

The relates to an expose in 2013, where Sarawak Assistant Islamic Affairs Minister Daud Abdul Rahman is accused of awarding the construction contract for a state building to a company reportedly owned by him.

These cases will be an acid test, not only for Prime Minister Najib and Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, but also for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission whether they are serious about accountability, transparency and good governance and the fight against corruption and abuses of power in high political places.

  1. #1 by pulau_sibu on Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 3:45 pm

    we told (proved to) the whole world that we could not run our country. We mismanaged everything. There is no single politician in bn who can take over the job as prime minister. the best thing is for them all to resign and let the opposition take over.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 5:04 pm

    Najib’s repond that LTH-1MDB deal is not a bailout just repeats confirmation he is unqualified for the job. He does not even really know what the exact definition of a bailout is. When you need the money and someone related give it to you, no matter if the transaction is arms-length or market driven, its still a bailout.

    This “Bapa Transformation” does not know what “transformation” means. He think he is entitled to cut corners on his jobs BUT he exhorts and hire expensive publicity to call on everyone else to not do the same. He can get cheap land to bail himself out but the people must pay GST and higher prices. He and his family can live like HEDONIST but people should subject themselves to Hudud and tightened their belt.

    The fact he “advised” LTH to sell the land to someone else rather than cancel the transaction screams an overprivilleged and clueless prodigal inheritor who feels entitled to his mediocrity..

  3. #3 by bruno on Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 7:50 pm

    There is no such thing as the DPM and the cabinet members not knowing what is happening in 1MDB.If these ministers have not an iota of an idea of what is happening in 1MDB,please ask them to go see Badawi.Even Ahmad Badawi knows what is happening.

    Such a big scandal on the verge of exploding,these ministers must be on hibernation in the Mongolian mountains.What we are seeing are signs of rats trying to flee a sinking Titanic.

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 9:27 pm

  5. #5 by pulau_sibu on Sunday, 10 May 2015 - 10:50 pm

    he indicated today he is not going to resign. so TMhas to take a tougher stand. what is next? get sirul to talk?

  6. #6 by Noble House on Monday, 11 May 2015 - 4:58 am

    Of the 30 things British people say and what they actually mean, one of them is: “I might join you later” — Meaning: I’m not leaving the house today unless it’s on fire.

    UMNO/BN politicians are a complicated lot.

  7. #7 by yhsiew on Monday, 11 May 2015 - 6:18 am

    Najib is not going to resign, so PR has already won part of the victory in GE14. PR should therefore double its effort in GE14 to rake in the remaining victory.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Monday, 11 May 2015 - 8:09 am

    Dis entire 1MDB SHAM re-confirmed rakyat’s belief dat UmnoB/BN n their cronies have been sucking our nation dry just 2 ENRICH themselves
    In fact, ahCheatKor had managed 2 TRANSFORM d $-suckers in2 worse n more blatant cheats
    Worse lots r d gang of cheats (with all kinds of titles like latok, tan si, etc) ENTRUSTED 2 look after some agencies on behalf of rakyat, many of whom r ordinary low income ppl
    WHAT has bcome of dis nation?
    Y rakyat allow greedy, no-principle kaki 2 continue 2 practise open corruption?
    N d ridiculous thing abt them is they r oredi paid ridiculous astronomical salaries WITHOUT doing any honest job
    No wonder dis 1DERful land is a paradise 4 them

    ACTION demanded – NOT against super thieves/robbers, but against whistle blowers, tightening OSA n Sedition Act, punishing online media 4 exposing d scam n sham
    WHAT a JOKE! So sad lah while d nation bleeds till bankrupt

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Monday, 11 May 2015 - 8:12 am

    ahCheatKor’s klasik response 2 MMK: WHAT lar, U know, I dulu tolong lu (did whatever lu mau), LU now must tolong I lar, jangan lupa tahu

    Dat’s all, his response, NO need 2 explain, klasik

  10. #10 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 11 May 2015 - 1:17 pm

    He is so good in becoming a broker, making 5 million overnight. If he is SO GOOD, how could 1MDB go bankrupt like this?

    I think it is better for him to become a broker than be a prime minister.

    For 188.5 million deal, 6% GST means 11.31 million. The profit is not enough to cover the GST for his profit of 5 million.

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