Seperti yang dijangka penubuhan RCI bertujuan mencari alasan untuk mengaitkan dan menyalahkan kepimpinan parti lawan dengan dakwaan bahawa pegawai-pegawai Bank Negara menipu jumlah kehilangan duit bank semasa mengurus dagangan mata wang 30 tahun dahulu.
Kononnya Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri pada masa itu tahu dan sedar berkenaan dengan penipuan ini tetapi mereka tidak mendedahkan perbuatan ini, bermakna mereka bersubahat.
Apakah bukti mereka tahu dan bersubahat tidak dijelaskan. Yang tentu tahu dan bersubahat menyembunyi jumlah kehilangan sebenar ialah orang yang, selepas 30 tahun, membuat dakwaan bahawa jumlah kehilangan sebenar bukan 11 billion Ringgit tetapi 30 billion.
Sudah tentu Abdul Murad sebagai pegawai bank negara benar-benar sudah lama tahu dan sedar akan jumlah kehilangan dan penipuan yang dibuat. Sudah tentu ia boleh dedah awal-awal lagi penyelewengan ini dan pegawai- pegawai dan auditor yang terlibat. Tetapi ia tidak dedah.
Jika Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dikatakan bersama menyembunyi angka 30 billion, Abdul Murad lebih terlibat dengan menyembunyi kebenaran. Tetapi Abdul Murad tidak dianggap bersalah kerana menyembunyi penipuan itu begitu lama.
Abdul Murad (pix,bawah) pilih untuk mendedah “breach of faith” ini apabila jelas pendedahan olehnya akan memberi Perdana Menteri Najib peluang bertindak terhadap musuh politiknya walaupun perkara ini tidak lagi disoal bertahun-tahun, walaupun oleh parti-parti pembangkang.
Dengan tidak menghormati maksud undang-undang, Najib dengan kuasanya merebut peluang memulakan proses supaya akhirnya Perdana Menteri masa itu dan Timbalannya dapat disalahkan.
RCI ini memakan masa yang panjang. Ramailah saksi dipanggil dan kenyataan-kenyataan panjang mereka diperdengarkan. Selain dari saksi disoal dan menjawab, memorandum yang panjang dengan butir-butir terperinci oleh saksi diserah kepada RCI. Peguam-peguam saksi turut hadir sepanjang RCI bersidang. Mereka juga turut memberi penjelasan dan membuat soalan.
Memanglah RCI berhak membuat laporan tersendiri. Tetapi laporan yang diserah kepada Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang DiPertuan Agong, walaupun tebal tetapi jelas menunjuk bahawa butir-butir yang ditulis oleh RCI hampir tidak mengandungi fakta-fakta yang relevan yang diperdengarkan oleh saksi atau memorandum mereka. Walaupun penjelasan oleh saksi dicatit verbatim atau terperinci, tetapi RCI tidak sedikit pun menghirau penjelasan oleh saksi.
Yang jelas ialah seluruh laporan RCI menumpu kepada penentuan penglibatan Perdana Menteri, Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan dan Ketua pasukan bahagian dagangan wang Bank Negara.
Semuanya berasas kepada sangkaan. Sangkaan ini dianggap sebagai fakta benar untuk polis bertindak.
RCI bukanlah badan kehakiman. Tetapi laporannya lebih merupakan hukuman terhadap pihak yang dibicara. - chedet
Murad should be blamed for hiding forex losses, too
The politics of bigotry & extremism...
With elections around the corner, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang continues to rant and rave about all sorts of fake threats and false accusations to advance his political ideology – a toxic mixture of religious extremism, bigotry and hate.
It’s the kind of agenda one would expect from a politician bankrupt of ideas and with nothing else to show for all his years in politics.
In a recent speech, for example, he accused DAP of being unfit to rule because it is “not clean” and “not Muslim”. He also reiterated what has become a central theme of his extremist ideology: since Malaysia is an “Islamic country”, only Muslims should be allowed to rule.
DAP is, of course, not without its flaws. However, to accuse it of not being clean is simply disingenuous, especially coming from someone who has gone out of his way to give Umno and its cronies a free pass despite their sorry record in office.
One has only to listen to what little he has said about the 1MDB issue, the biggest corruption scandal ever to taint our nation, to appreciate the staggering hypocrisy of his criticism of DAP.
Why is it that mere “reports of irregularities” by the DAP-led state government are sufficient to condemn them as corrupt and disqualify them from office while the many documented cases of corruption associated with Umno-led administrations which have cost taxpayers billions of ringgit are papered over?
Umno-PAS can apparently do no wrong despite their dismal record in office while DAP (read non-Malays) can do no right despite their sterling performance in office thus far.
Is corruption and the abuse of power okay if one is careful to make all the right noises about defending the faith and championing the race?
Hadi’s insistence that non-Muslims have no right to participate in the leadership of our nation is just as asinine. Whether Hadi likes it or not, Malaysia is a multiracial, multi-religious nation with a secular constitution that guarantees all its citizens fundamental political and civil rights.
And he rubbishes his own argument that “only Islam is fair to all” by insisting that non-Muslims should be excluded from leadership positions. How is that fair to non-Muslims? How does it generate trust among non-Muslims that they can expect to be treated fairly and decently in an Islamic state? Is all the venom, hate and prejudice towards non-Malays and non-Muslims that people like Hadi spout even consistent with the lofty faith principles that they simultaneously proclaim?
This is not Islam, at least as I understand it, but an argument for a politico-religious Malay-supremacist apartheid state that is contrary to everything this nation stands for.
But such is the sordid political culture in Malaysia today that Hadi’s remarks resonated even with MCA, a pro-government Chinese-based party.
Ignoring the racist context of Hadi’s remarks and parroting the Umno-PAS line that Lim Kit Siang is scheming to seize power, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai warned that it would be “detrimental” to the nation if Lim became prime minster. He also warned that Lim was “an unprincipled politician clever at sowing discord”.
Given the context, Liow’s remarks will only feed the anti-Chinese narrative that Hadi and his ilk are busy stirring up.
How low is Liow willing to stoop to score a few brownie points with Umno and PAS? Instead of standing up for the fundamental rights of all Malaysians, instead of defending our cherished multiculturalism and our secular constitution, the MCA chief played along with a racist demagogue who wants to exclude non-Malays from high office and reduce them to second-class citizens in their own country.
No wonder multitudes have lost faith in MCA. After this, Liow might as well disband MCA and join the PAS Supporters Congress.
And one more thing: MCA doesn’t get to lecture DAP on the qualities of a principled politician. After all, who is busily chasing after PRC money for dubious projects that will leave Malaysian taxpayers burdened for decades? How well have MCA ministers and cronies managed their cabinet portfolios or projects like the PKFZ? And how many MCA politicians have had to endure years of harassment, imprisonment and racist taunts for the sake of their principles and in defence of the rights of all Malaysians, as Lim Kit Siang or the late Karpal Singh have?
Of course, in order to gain support for his agenda, Hadi has to persuade the Malay-Muslim community that the Chinese are an existential threat, that they are about to seize power, sideline the Malays and undermine Islam. And so, he repeats the lie, with the unthinking support of MCA, that Lim Kit Siang is secretly scheming to seize power.
No rational person would believe that a Chinese could become prime minister, especially given that DAP is a minority in an overwhelmingly Malay opposition coalition. It is all nonsense, a non-issue really, but then such things matter little to racists or those without scruples.
And, given that Malay-Muslims already helm all state governments except one, Hadi’s remarks suggest that even one non-Malay state chief executive is one too many for him. Such is the extent of his racism and bigotry.
Real dangers and imaginary fears
PAS leaders and their colleagues in Umno-BN are constantly warning Malaysians of the terrible catastrophe that would befall the nation if the opposition took power. However, it is the disastrous situation we now find ourselves in – the massive corruption and mismanagement, the racial bigotry and religious extremism, the slow death of our democracy and the erosion of our fundamental freedoms – all courtesy of Umno-BN-PAS, that worry the electorate far more.
And to that, they have no answers except yet more denial, deception and division. - Dennis Ignatius,fmt