Figuring out the Day of the Long Knives


July 29, 2015

Malaysia:: Figuring out the Day of the Long Knives

by Kim Quek@www.malaysiakini.com

PM and Former DPM

It is all too apparent that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s lightning move to remove the Attorney-General and reshuffle his cabinet on July 28 was done for the singular purpose of neutering criminal investigations and impending prosecution arising from the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal bank accounts.

By removing A-G Gani Patail and offering cabinet positions to members of the parliamentary accounts committee (PAC), Najib hopes to avert impending prosecution and postpone imminent PAC hearings on key players in 1MDB, which in all certainty, will expose the alleged multi-billion heist that will grievously hurt Najib.

Sacking of AG highly dubious

The so-called sacking of Gani is heavily tainted with unconstitutionality, illegality, deceit and malicious intent. The circumstances of the announcement immediately aroused suspicion. It was announced on July 28 by national news agency Bernama through a one-sentence  tweet stating that Gani’s services as A-G were terminated on July 27 due to health reasons, quoting the Chief Secretary of the Government. When  he was asked on July 28, Gani said he had no idea that he had been sacked.

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Questions galore: Why wasn’t Gani (photo above) informed? Why wasn’t there a letter of termination from the Head of State Agong, who is the only authority to appoint or to remove the A-G? If Gani had to stop work due to health reasons, why were we told that Gani would still continue to serve as a legal staff till his statutory retirement date in coming October? And why had Gani never complained of ill-health?  And why didn’t PM Najib announce that he had ‘sacked’ Gani?

As the A-G is designated by the constitution (Artiicle 145) as the sole decision-maker as to whether a person should be prosecuted, the independence of his position is guaranteed by mandating his termination through a tribunal appointed by the Agong. Hence, the currently unceremonious ‘dumping’ of Gani is obviously an unconstitutional move.

Sabotaging investigations and prosecutions

Conspiracy theories abound as to why Najib had to act like a desperado. Is it to avert an immediate prosecution which only the AG had the power to execute – keeping in mind that there have been a series of arrests arising from the investigations of the special task force probing the twin scandals of Najib’s RM2.6 billion and the 1MDB fiasco? The task force is made up of the Chiefs of Police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara, co-ordinated by the A-G.

Nur Jazlan and PAC Politics of Betrayal

Another body hot on the heels of these scandals is the Public Accounts Committee, which is due to grill the current and former CEOs of 1MDB starting from August 4, and also to hear two former directors of 1MDB who resigned in indignation over the theft of US$700 million immediately after signing an allegedly bogus joint venture agreement with PetroSaudi in September 2009.

Nur JazlanPAC Chairman sold out to Najib

Immediately after the cabinet reshuffle on July 28, where PAC chairperson Nur Jazlan Mohamed (photo) and three other members were offered positions in the cabinet, Nur Jazlan announced a suspension of PAC hearings pending appointment of new members in the next parliamentary session commencing in October.

Thus in one lightning swoop, Najib had apparently incapacitated the pursuers of the scandals and immunise himself from harm, and perhaps hopefully, to bury these scandals.

If Najib succeeds, Malaysians will have to bury their heads in shame, and the credibility of this country will suffer a grievous and irreparable blow.

Who would still trust a country where the Prime Minister can escape unscathed with RM2.6 billion allegedly unaccounted for in his bank accounts and tens of billions of ringgit of public funds evaporated into thin air through a so-called sovereign wealth fund, of which he is allegedly personally responsible?

Can our institutions – the Police Force, MACC (the anti-corruption commission), Central Bank and the Attorney-General’s Chambers – stand the shame of being cowed and neutered by a tyrannical hand in contempt of our constitution and law?

We must defend against authoritarianism

No, we must not allow this to happen, because we have too much to lose and too much to defend. The special task force must continue to discharge its sacrosanct duties honourably and diligently until the whole truth is uncovered and the culprits punished – with or without Gani Patail as A-G. They owe this to themselves and to the future generations of Malaysians.

As for the PAC, it should immediately resume hearings under the leadership of deputy chairperson Dr Tan Seng Giaw who shall act as chairperson in the absence of Nur Jazlan. With nine remaining members in PAC (out of a total of 13), there are more than enough members to make up a quorum (minimum is three).

This is the hour when all Malaysians must stand up to defend themselves against an onslaught, which if not repulsed, will turn the country into a failed state of corrupt dictatorship.

KIM QUEK is the author of banned book ‘The March to Putrajaya’.

 

11 thoughts on “Figuring out the Day of the Long Knives

  1. Shades of Richard Nixon!

    The “Saturday Night Massacre” was the term given by political commentators to U.S. President Richard Nixon’s executive dismissal of independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus on October 20, 1973 during the Watergate scandal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Massacre

  2. This is a country where you cannot find ONE person with morality and integrity in Bank Negara, PDRM, MACC, AG Chambers, MCMC or the Malaysian Cabinet.
    They defend crime – even murder – in high places.
    I will be ashamed if I had a parent or a sibling occupying those positions.

  3. Malott,
    NBD’s take on saturday night massacre…….

    Guys and Gals,
    Another look into the night of the long knives

  4. Quote:- “They defend crime – even murder – in high places”

    They also defend crime in “low places” ala The Low Yat Incident?

    Looks like the frankensteinian culture of fear created over the years, (mid-wifed by Mahathir), is so insidious that such seemingly high powered people like the AG, Bank Negara Governor and of all people the MACC, (the very last bastion against corruption, in high or low places), and the IGP have been reduced to whimpering puppies.

    This is a great topic for a PhD dissertation in political science or public administration.

  5. Can’t help but to wonder whether the cabinet reshuffle, the AG removal and all else has been the among the many scripts for Najib’s counter strategy to deal with 1MDB all along..everything planned months earlier-on how or what can be done to hamper the 1mdb investigation or thwart conclusions that can result in arrests.
    .Maybe a closer look into the names of the reshuffled cabinet and links to 1mdb can allow a insight…Like just one name as example- Nur Jazlan-chairman of PAC , in the thick of investigating 1MDB- promoting him to deputy minister disqualifies him from the chairman seat,and holds up 1mdb inquiry-and then can argue till kingdom come but it can be described as an effective delay tactic.

  6. The elevation of Nur Jazlan as chairman of PAC to become the deputy home minister has given him no choice together with three other PAC members..”.go up or go out”at this desperate situation by Najib to temporarily halt the investigation where the time has come to arrest those involved in wrongdoings. The sacking of the AG and Police CID chief on the other team had completely paralysed wholesale in filing up court cases with the new appointment of a new AG.

  7. The elevation of Nur Jazlan as chairman of PAC to become the deputy home minister has given him no choice together with three other PAC members..”.go up or go out”at this desperate situation by Najib to temporarily halt the investigation where the time has come to arrest those involved in wrongdoings. The sacking of the AG and Police CID chief on the other team had completely paralysed wholesale in filing up court cases with the appointment of a new AG.

  8. Bryan,
    Perhaps, Nixon had met the wrong sage when he came to South East asia. He should met up with Razak instead……..Hahahaha

    Madhater was a nobody then

  9. Din,
    Following is a comment , (I thought) had posted on the evening of 29 July or early morning 30 July, 2015. It did not appear in your blog. If there is something offensive, please revert so that I would know in order to put it right in my future comments. Thank you- kllau.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    To the critical question Mr Kim Quek, has asked in his piece here,

    ‘’Who would still trust a country where the Prime Minister can escape unscathed with RM2.6 billion allegedly unaccounted for in his bank accounts and tens of billions of ringgit of public funds evaporated into thin air through a so-called sovereign wealth fund, of which he is allegedly personally responsible?”,

    the TRUST on the country by whoever they are would NEVER ever be there-even with the removal or successive replacements of Najib with the rogue leaders , UNLESS and UNTIL the root source and cause of chronic embedded rogue culture of ‘’Mahathirsim’’, MACCP (Money politics, Abuse of power, Corruptions, Cronyism and Puppetry), now expanded to ‘’Najibism” that has been disenabling and disrupting the delivery system, the will and capability of whoever the power-that-be to perform effectively and productively for the welfare of the people with governance, accountability, competency and transparency, is REMOVED or curtailed drastically.

    Not condoning 1MDB, which was borne out of mother (the1984 BMF 2.5b Loan Loss Fiasco ) of all the scandals that followed, it occurred largely due to the rogue culture deeply embedded in Umno Baru and its leaders and with the culprits never punished or had got away with tap on the hands,

    THE PEOPLE HAVE MISSED THE LUST FOREST FOR A FEW MISERABLE 1 MDB TRESS.

    That is largely, because the people, their perceptions, even the big media, critics and analysts, had or have led or misled or for some insidious reasons known to themselves, to purposely or unintentionally ignore.

    Treating the symptoms alone rather the protracted sickness for the past 35 years is futile. It can never work, effectively or productively.

    Malaysia is now a DIVIDED country and in Crisis, in terms of political, social and economic settings. That is exactly what the Umno Baru and its elite leaders have wanted and achieved, so that they can continue to fool the people and sustain power for them to abuse/misuse to continuously enrich themselves and cronies, at the expense of the people and the country’s human and natural resources. But except ONE thing, with the advent and access of INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, the people are SMARTER and Well-Informed and can never be fooled again like they used to be.

    But crisis has also created big opportunities for Change. People need to empowered themselves to pressure their respective constituent’s representative MPs, regardless whatever, of their party affiliations to initiate a ‘’ no confidence vote’’ in the parliament and call for snap election, failing which the next 14 GE.

    The bottom line is, the country needs quality MPs/ leaders who are of integrity, credibility and competency, regardless, to move forward, serve the people beneficially and chart our destiny in posterity- the people need to find them to deal and address the culture of ” Mahathirism ”, now expanded into ” Najibism ”.
    That is largely the ruining problem….and, sadly, has permeated vast portions of the government service and substantially, the private sectors.

    Malaysia be blessed.

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