Archive for August 14th, 2017

The “nothing-to-hide” 1MDB pandemonium a sign of growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in 14GE

The ruckus at the “nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is a sign of growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election.

I welcome the statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi that the police would investigate professionally and would take action against the culprits of the ruckus yesterday.

I only feel pity for the actual culprits, who for pittance, allowed themselves to be used as tools to disrupt the “Nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum.

Investigation and action must be taken not only against the actual culprits but the masterminds of the ruckus, and a special effort must be made by the authorities to trace these “masterminds” of trouble. It should not be difficult to trace the “masterminds”, although the actual culprits of the ruckus could only lead to their “handlers”, but it is these “handlers” who would lead to the “masterminds”.

This would be a test of the professionalism of the Police.

The pandemonium created at the “Nothing to hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is the latest evidence of the growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in 14th General Election. Read the rest of this entry »


Why MACC double-standards when it treated Phee Boon Poh as if he is No. One Criminal in Malaysia when it dare not even touch “MO1” of 1MDB scandal which made Malaysia overnight into a global kleptocracy?

I am at the Penang High Court today to show support and solidarity with Penang Exco member, Phee Boon Poh.

I will not touch on the case the MACC is implying that Boon Poh is guilty of corruption, except to say that I am shocked at the arrest of Boon Poh by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged letters issued by his office involving an illegal factory in Seberang Prai.

I have known Boon Poh for more than 30 years since 1986, when I first contested in Tanjong parliamentary constituency in Penang. In 1990, Boon Poh was first elected as DAP Penang State Assemblyman for Bagan Jermal and in 2004 he became Penang Opposition Leader of the Penang State Assembly as Assemblyman for Sungai Puyu. When the DAP formed and led the Penang State Government in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections, Boon Poh had been a Penang State Exco member since 2008.

I have always known Boon Poh in the past three decades as a hard-working down-to-earth political leader, who has always kept himself close to the pulse of the people. Dedicated to the cause of justice, freedom and the welfare of the people, regardless of race or religion, Boon Poh is a practical idealist, who is not afraid to take up the people’s causes although this make him unpopular with the powers-that-be.

If Boon Poh is corrupt, produce the evidence and by all means arrest and charge him. But I do not believe that Boon Poh belongs to the breed of corrupt political leaders who corruptly enriches himself from politics.

We in the DAP belong to a different breed of people from the political leaders in UMNO and Barisan Nasional – we are in politics because of what we can achieve for the people and country and not for what we can achieve for ourselves from politics, while UMNO and Barisan Nasional leaders are in politics basically for what they can get from politics and not what they can contribute to society and Malaysians.

If two letters from his office asking a local government authority for reconsideration of action against an illegal factory is equal to corruption, then I dare say that there will be no State Excos, Menteri-Menteri Besar, Federal Ministers, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister left, for I have no doubt all of them would have produced sheaves of letters recommending to various authorities for reconsideration over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

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