Will all the Barisan MPs follow the lead by Zahid and Wee last week in a conspiracy of silence and avoid the 1MDB corruption scandal like the plague when debating in Parliament?

The most outstanding aspect of both the speeches by the first two Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament, UMNO President and Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datoh) and the MCA Deputy President and MP for Ayer Itam, Wee Ka Siong, in the 14th Parliament in the current parliamentary debate is their conspiracy of silence on the greatest and worst corruption scandal in the country’s history – the monstrous international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal which had given Malaysia the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy.

Will all the Barisan MPs follow the lead by Zahid and Wee last week in a conspiracy of silence and avoid the 1MDB corruption scandal like the plague when debating in Parliament, not only in the current agenda of motion of thanks for the royal address but in all future parliamentary business?

This is a most cowardly act, particularly for those who had been in the 13th Parliament, whether as Minister, Deputy Minister or mere Member of Parliament for they had been part and parcel of the disgraceful and even unpatriotic conspiracy and betrayal in muzzling Parliament from probing and debating the 1MDB corruption scandal, and failing to lift a finger to defend and clear Malaysia’s of the international infamy, ignominy and iniquity of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

This is the time for them to make amends. Will they do so? Or will they compound their national betrayal in the 13th Parliament by a most criminal silence on the 1MDB corruption scandal in the 14th Parliament?

As for those Barisan Nasional MPs who are in Parliament for the first time, are they going to join in the conspiracy of silence and sully their parliamentary record by being an MP of a political coalition with such a disreputable record on the 1MDB scandal?

The speeches of the Barisan Nasional MPs in the next five days of the parliamentary debate on the royal address will be scrutinised as to whether they have the political courage and honesty to own up to the monstrosity of the criminality and moral turpitude of the 1MDB corruption scandal.

If they need to be reminded of such monstrous excesses in the 1MDB corruption scandal, they cannot do better than to go to the Internet and refer to the 251-page kleptocratic litigation filed by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in July 2016 and June 2017 to forfeit US$1.7 billion of 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

If they continue to exhibit a collective amnesia to avoid the 1MDB issue in Parliament, the 32 million Malaysians will be entitled to ask if they are so craven, cowardly and unpatriotic as unwilling to address the worst Malaysian corruption in world history?

The new Parliament will have to appoint a courageous Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which is brave and conscientious to undo the stain of the PAC of the 13th Parliament, which failed to carry out its duties conscientiously by carrying a comprehensive and independent investigations into the 1MDB corruption scandal.

The PAC of the 13th Parliament committed the inexcusable dereliction of duty and negligence in failing to re-open investigations into the 1MDB corruption scandal after the additional filings of the US DoJ kleptocratic litigation in June 2017 revealing new and additional relevant evidence of the corruption, abuses of power and embezzlement of the 1MDB corruption scandal after the PAC had completed and tabled its 1MDB report in Parliament in April 2017.

I fully agree that the post of Chairman of Public Accounts Committee be held by an Opposition Member of Parliament, but is there such a brave soul to be a candidate from the Opposition to take on the responsibility of Chairman of PAC in the 14th Parliament, whose first duties must to investigate, among other things, three matters, viz:

· firstly, to find out why the PAC of the 13th Parliament had failed to carry out an effective, meaningful and comprehensive investigation into the 1MDB corruption scandal; whether there was interference from the then Prime Minister who was a protagonist in the 1MDB corruption scandal;

· secondly, why the PAC failed to make any responses to clear Malaysia’s international infamy, ignominy and iniquity for the epithet of a global kleptocracy; and

· thirdly, to carry out the long-awaited comprehensive investigation into the 1MDB corruption scandal.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Monday, 23rd July 2018)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 23 July 2018 - 8:19 am

    Its not the other BN MPs that we should be concern about frankly. Its INDEPENDENT MALAY VOTERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY..

    Like it or not, the xenophobia that exist now in the West is a global trend. Trump’s and other right-wing politics is only held in check by independent swing voters.

    How effective the current path of UMNO and PAS are the same as that taken by Trump depends on the independent swing Malay voters standing up against the right-wing voters because the right wing voters DO NOT CHANGE – it does not matter how disgraceful or failure Najib, Zahid Hamidis, and Hadi’s PAS are, they do not change their vote..

    The Sg. Kandis by-election is partly a measuring point for the defense against the Trump-type politics in Malaysia. IF PH cannot turn the advantage of incumbency even in Sg. Kandis, it cannot take even deeper heartland swing voters..

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