Eliminating the Culture of Impunity via Good and Clean Governance

October 25, 2012

Eliminating the Culture of Impunity via Good and Clean Governance

by Lim Guan Eng@http://www.malaysiakini.com

MP SPEAKS: One of the basic rules of good and clean governance is the crafting and implementation of public policies that benefits the people and the nation.

Private scandals involving questions about integrity and moral behaviour should neither infringe nor influence public policy to the detriment of the nation’s interests. By allowing private scandals to defeat public policies, Barisan Nasional is running a failed government.

Several exposes have highlighted how the Barisan Nasional (BN) government not only condones private scandals but also promotes bad public behaviour. Beginning with Bank Negara Malaysia foreign exchange scandal, which it admitted incurred losses of RM10.1 billion in 1992 and RM5.7 billion in 1993.

What is shocking was not the claim by senior Bank Negara officials that the losses were actually double the RM15.8 billion admitted by BN, but that the person behind the colossal losses escaped unpunished and was later even promoted as Minister.

Nor Mohamed Yakcop was forced to resign from Bank Negara on July 10, 1994 for his role in the RM15.8 billion losses but he is now a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Cows, condos and extraordinary wealth

Since then, we have the RM250 million “cows and condos” scandal involving the family of a former Cabinet Minister. Even though she finally resigned when malpractices involving the RM250 million loan to National Feedlot Corporation were exposed, she still retained her post as UMNO Wanita chief.

And we have Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud who has refused to respond to exposes of his alleged extraordinary wealth.Taib’s former daughter-in-law, Shanaz Abdul Majid, revealed that Taib’s son, Abu Bekir(right) charged RM782,520.55 to just one of his credit cards for the first six months of this year.

Shahnaz is claiming RM400 million in their divorce settlement in the Syariah courts as her husband is reputedly worth RM1 billion with RM 700 million of deposits in 111 bank accounts in local foreign countries.

How BN condones such private scandals can be seen by the refusal to come clean on the RM40 million donation originally meant for Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, but now clarified as meant for Sabah UMNO.

Ex-BN MP Wilfred Bumburing claimed that the RM40 million had been remitted to the personal account of “an UMNO leader” whilst former UMNO Supreme Council member and now independent MP Lajim Ukin claimed that state party leaders never knew that RM40 million was donated to Sabah UMNO.

Another case is the extravagant lifestyle of Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam, in which 130,000 guest were feted in an extravagant record-breaking celebration in Malaysia. Until today Ali Rustam has failed to explain who sponsored such a lavish wedding, which Ali Rustam claimed cost only RM600,000?

An UMNO parliamentarian Abdul Ghafur Salleh questioned why a person unrelated to Felda was allegedly given the pink form for one million shares in the recently-listed Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV).

This was followed by DAP Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua’s expose that a company involved in the setting up of the country’s newest budget carrier, Malindo Airways, has links to two children of Malaysian Ambassador to the United States and Rompin MP Jamaluddin Jarjis

Malindo Airways is 51 percent owned by National Aerospace and Defence Industries (Nadi), which in turn is owned by four entities. One of these entities is DZJJ Sdn Bhd, in which Jamaluddin’s 27-year-old daughter Nur Anis and 25-year-old son Ikhwan Hafiz are directors.

In contrast, despite the best efforts of BN, Pakatan Rakyat state government leaders are clean and not involved in financial scandals.

DAP’s six test of integrity

DAP adopted the six tests of integrity to fight corruption by making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, preventing family members from being involved with government contracts, protecting genuine whistleblowers, removing leaders with extravagant lifestyles and coming clean on political donations.

4 thoughts on “Eliminating the Culture of Impunity via Good and Clean Governance

  1. The really sad thing is there are even more down the road. The defense contracts are billions in losses alone. MAS, Proton and RapidKL – they are disasters waiting to happen. The KVMRT is at least tens of billions that tax payers have to pay for..KLIA2 not hopefull either..

  2. Najib and the BN government must not parry these accusations with excuses or half-hearted corrective actions. The Rakyat are well-informed now. Firm & positive actions must be taken to deal with these cases of corruption – and fast. Time for hasitations and political expediency is over. The BN supporters are wavering – even the staunch supporters will stay away from the polling booths if they don’t have the heart to vote for the PR. If Najib is listening to the Malaysian Bar Council (which indeed he is) he should listen more to the PR criticisms and do the necessary to correct the wrong. BN should not rubbish everything and whatever comes out of the PR mouth peice. If the BN government is not, or not seen to be, willing to firmly address these corruption problems (and continue to pretend that they are not real but mere perceptions), it deserves to lose the coming GE13 – and losing extremely badly.

  3. Well written with factual background without any infection of political emotive language.

    Can these not be translated into simple Bhasa Malaysia and air dropped into rural kampong areas.

  4. On this special day of Attonement by the spirit of Sacrifice, it is truly a Sad & heart-wrenching news for Muslims to read : ” 2 pelajar sekolah agama buang Bayi ke dalam sungai ” – sangat pilu dan hiba mengenang kan nasib malang seluruah Umat Islam di-dunia di-timpa segala rupa Bencana, sa-olah-olah , Manusia lupa akan berbagai Laqnat dan imthihan yang akan MENIMPA terhadap kaum Islam sendiri…
    Is the Authorities & Govt SERIOUSLY looking into this, if so How ?
    The entire phenomena of Baby-dumping is so very complex and requires Govt involvement to handle this, without which…. i dare conjecture that a great, great ” curse ” may befall the muslim ummah, that’s already happening in the Middle East ….
    We need real Govt effort in order to seek Blessings from Yang Maha Esa….before it becomes so very late….

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