A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
By Lims Sian See
This is what a blogger said:
"Well, first they demand that Najib reveal where that money came from if not from 1MDB. And now they say that whatever Najib is going to reveal is going to be a lie. Diam pun salah, cakap pun salah. Apa lagi mereka mahu?"
It was just a month ago when such allegations was first revealed by WSJ on July 3rd.
Understandably, the MACC took some time to investigate this before clearing Najib of the RM2.6b as they probably had to ask each and every contributor to confirm if it is indeed them who contributed.
Whether it is from one Middle East source as alleged by Muhyiddin in his suspiciously leaked 53 sec video remains to be seen as MACC did not say it was from Middle East and specifially said "donors" and not "a donor".
Malaysians are understandably angry or in utter disbelief when told by MACC that the RM2.6 billion came from campaign contributions by unknown sources.
We now demand to know who are the contributors in order to proof that the RM2.6b was indeed campaign contributions.
This is a VERY FAIR question to ask.
Najib or MACC should release the names of donors - even though the donors may not want to reveal their names.
But people soon forget very fast that 3 days ago on Saturday, Najib had already said that he WILL declare the sources of Umno's political funding.... but only if the Opposition does the same.
"I can explain the source of political funding only if the opposition also agrees to do the same, DAP and PKR especially,'' said.
Najib said his efforts to legislate transparency in political funding in 2009 were "shot down by DAP", but added that he is ready to make a second effort for such legislature.
"I don't mind, I can list who donates to the party to be transparent but DAP doesn't agree to publicising political funding.
"Why? Because they have something to do hide," he said
Fair or not?
Thus, if we want to know the donors of these RM2.6 billion, we will need to press ALL parties to show their list of donors too.
Fair or not?
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
When you can never satisfy the critics
Salleh Said Keruak
This is a classic case of you can never satisfy the critics. They will demand that you do what they want and when you submit to their demands they will still not be happy.
The Prime Minister’s critics alleged that Najib Tun Razak stole RM2.6 billion of 1MDB’s money and transferred it to his personal bank account. They then demanded to know whether this was true. When Najib ignored their demands they got angry.
The truth is whatever Najib would have said would never satisfy those asking for his explanation. So Najib allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the matter and get to the truth.
MACC then announced that the money was not from 1MDB but was from a donor. That was what they demanded to know and that was what MACC confirmed.
Now some want to know why it took so long to confirm that. Why could they have not confirmed that on the first day? Others want to know whether the donation came with strings attached because surely a donation that size would come with terms and conditions.
So what is the issue now? Should they not be happy that the money was not stolen from 1MDB as alleged? That is what they demanded to know and that was what MACC confirmed.
If Najib tells them that the donation did not come with strings attached would they believe him?