Rise above “gutter politics” and unite all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region to build a Malaysia which is a top world-class nation

I was struck by three media reports yesterday.

Firstly, a Reuters report about the terrible humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, once one of the 20 richest countries in the world and the richest in Latin America with free education and free medical services for her citizens but now a poor, backward, broken and bankrupt state!

This Reuters special report was about eight-month pregnant hair-dresser Maroly Bastardo’s forbidding choices in a nation whose economy had collapsed.

Give birth in Venezuela, where newborns are dying at alarming rates in shortage-plagued maternity wards. Or board a crowded smuggler’s boat bound for Trinidad, the largest of two islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago where her husband had landed there in February, found work and beckoned her to join him.

Neither Bastardo or two of her children with her could swim. Barely three weeks earlier, 27 people had gone missing after a migrant boat went down in the narrow stretch of water separating Venezuela from Trinidad. The 20-kilometer strait, known for its treacherous currents, is nicknamed the Dragon’s Mouths.

But the 19-year old hairdresser was determined. On May 16, she and the kids packed into an aging fishing vessel along with 31 other people, including three relatives of her husband.

The craft, the Ana Maria, never arrived. No migrants or wreckage have been found.

When I read this report of human agony and tragedy, I thought how lucky Malaysia was to avoid such the fate of Venezuela in two to three decades’ time if Malaysians had not plucked up the courage and foresight on May 9 last year to Save Malaysia from the trajectory of a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state.

The second media report was from the Wall Street Journal, on two co-conspirators linked to the 1MDB scandal who were convicted and sentenced to jail in Abu Dhabi for financial crimes.

The Wall Street Journal cited sources and reported that former International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) managing director Khadem al-Qubaisi was sentenced to 15 years in prison while Mohammed Badawy al-Husseiny, who ran an IPIC subsidiary, was sentenced to 10 years.

Qubaisi and Husseiny were also ordered to pay €300 million (1.4 billion) – half to IPIC, which was referred to as the “victim company,” and the remainder as a penalty.

Both Qubaisi and Husseiny were named in the 1MDB Rogue’s Gallery of Eleven when the US Department of Justice filed its largest kleptocratic litigation in July 2016 which was later updated in June 2017 to forfeit over US$1.7 billion 1MDB-linked assets with a final 251-page indictment of embezzlement and defrauding of US$4.5 billion 1MDB funds.

Also named in the 1MDB Scandal Rogue’s Gallery of Eleven were nine Malaysians, the most infamous was one “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL1” described as “a high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB.”

Qubaisi and Husseiny have been brought to justice and are serving long jail sentences, but out of the nine Malaysians named in the 1MDB Rogue’s Gallery, only “MO1” is undergoing trial while the other eight are still scotfree – with quite a number becoming international fugitives of justice.

Qubaisi and Husseiny’s conviction and jail sentences will make many Malaysians squirm and wonder why the wheels of justice in Malaysia grind so slowly and tardily, but this is the price we have to pay if we want to restore national and international confidence in the rule of law and an independent judiciary in Malaysia.

There are also the siren song by some politicians, like the former Johor Mentri Besar Khaled Nordin that that it only “MO1” who is on trial and not UMNO.

They cannot be more wrong.

It is not just “MO1” but all UMNO/BN leaders who had helped him to cover up the monstrous 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal and did nothing to purge Malaysia of the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy who are on trial – which would include all the Ministers in the previous Cabinet, the UMNO/BN MPs of the 13th Parliament as well as the leaders of UMNO and Barisan National parties.

Let the 34 Ministers and 34 Deputy Ministers from 2016-2018, UMNO/BN MPs of the 13th Parliament and national leaders come out individually now and state what they did when in July 2016, the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) filed its largest kleptocracy litigation on the 1MDB scandal and “Malaysian Official 1(MO1)” was mentioned 36 times?

The third media report was the live coverage by the South China Morning Post yesterday of the protest by nearly two million people of Hong Kong against the controversial extradition bill, with the Hong Kong city centre brought to a complete standstill by the sea of black to chastise the Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam for refusing to withdraw the bill or apologise when first asked to.

It was an awesome, inspiring and touching sight to see Hong Kongers of every age, profession and background from every corner of the city marching in a massive show of solidarity and defiance

Six hours after the protesters had transformed Central, Wan Chai and Admiralty into a sea of black, the public apology they were demanding came in the form of a government statement at night, and a government source said the Extradition Bill would die a “natural death” without a timetable to relaunch it.

But what were Malaysians concerned about yesterday?

The tawdry “gutter politics” of the Haziq sex video!

It is time that Malaysians rise above the “gutter politics” of questionable sex videos and unite, regardless of race, religion or region, to build a Malaysia which is a top world-class nation in every field of human endeavour.

This is the New Malaysia which the Pakatan Harapan coalition promised to build in the 14th General Election, and this is a mission and vision which all Malaysians should dedicate themselves to in the coming years and decades.

But if Malaysia is to arise above such “gutter politics”, Malaysians must condemn, expose and dissociate themselves from the politics of lies, falsehood, intolerance and hatred hidden in the race, religious and royalty rhetoric of desperate and bankrupt political leaders who could even use religion to justify support for kleptocracy and falsehoods.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, June 17, 2019)

  1. #1 by good coolie on Sunday, 23 June 2019 - 1:33 pm

    If Malaysia is to rise above such gutter politics, Pakatan must win more general elections. Also, a certain leader of the Pakatan Harapan must admit he was also part of gutter politics of the sodom-mee type. It is not enough to tie people up with hetero-sexual scandals, for that kind of infidelity is actually a badge of honour in Malaysian society. Rather, one must accuse the political enemy of carnal relations against the order of nature (mee sodom e.g.). When we get used to this type of mee too, we must look ahead to accusing political enemies of things like bestiality (or worse things imaginable). If one combs through the Penal Code with a fine-tooth comb, one could find some very horrible offences to use.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 - 7:10 pm

    The issue is not gutter politics frankly, the issue is the actually PH is a coalition that agreed only one thing – the removal of Najib and fall of UMNO. Even on the issue of kleptocracy, there are differences in opinion – there are remnant of UMNO who does not think a little of corruption is not such a terrible thing..

    Now that Najib and UMNO has fallen, the differences in PH are showing up left and right.. The top leadership of PH never really had a real plan to resolve these differences once they got into power – it now appear not even on the issue of succession to Mahathir..

    The weakness of the differences in PH is just ripe for exploitation of gutter politics. Worst still, the machining that goes on behind the scenes by the different parts of PH is fertile ground for it.

    Like it or not, the top leadership of PH has to get on to deciding how to move forward long before the next GE, otherwise it will keep being just a piece of raw meat for the cannibals of political opportunists.

  3. #3 by winstony on Sunday, 30 June 2019 - 9:31 am

    Please note that post No. 3 is a basic and object lesson in good governance and LKS will do well to have the PH cabinet well versed in the points raised!!!

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