IACC : Global Shame for Malaysia–Corruption

September 5, 2015

 IACC : Global Shame for Malaysia–Corruption

by Lim Kit Siang, MP for Gelang Patah


LKSThe three-day 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Putrajaya were three days of global public relations (PR) disaster for Malaysia, a shameful 72-hour torment on the pride, honour and dignity of Malaysia never experienced by Malaysians in nearly six decades of nationhood.

It started with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s last-minute, panicky and ill-advised pull-out from the opening ceremony of the IACC (in fear of hard questions, “personal issues” and “a possible hostile reception”), replaced by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low, who started his speech with the cryptic remark: “I am not here to defend the Prime Minister. I am here fighting for my job.”

Right from the very beginning of the opening ceremony, Malaysia’s corruption crisis, in particular the “two elephants in the room”, the RM50 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion “donation” financial scandals, took centre-stage and remained the most obsessive issue throughout the three-day conference, up to the closing ceremony.

Right from the beginning of the IACC, Transparency International president Jose Ugaz opened up with a powerful plea for “honesty and integrity” from the Najib administration, asking Najib pointedly to restore confidence and trust by answering questions about the US$700 million in his personal bank accounts – (1) who paid the money and why; and (2) Where did it go.

This was followed up on the second day by the TI co-founder and erstwhile adviser to Najib on anti-corruption matters, Michael J Hershman, telling Najib to come clean on the RM2.6 billion donation that he received.

Hershman (photo) advised Najib: “Tell the truth about where did the money come from and address the accusation. And if he did something wrong, then asked for forgiveness and face the consequences.”

Hershman said the explanations given so far were not good enough. He said; “If it came from the Middle East, who did it come from? When did it come and for what purpose? These are very simple questions.” He added that since Najib had control of the account, he must know where it came from.

“There is no reason for a panel for investigations. Just tell the truth. Get it out in the public,” he added.

On the third and last day yesterday, the criticisms became an avalanche. Global Investigative Journalism Network Executive Director David Kaplan said those attempting to cover up the matter are out of touch with the times and that the government cannot conceal information on the RM2.6 billion deposited into PM Najib’s personal bank accounts in the digital age.

Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty (photo) asked if the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal bank accounts was “grand corruption”.

Transparency International Managing Director Cobus De Swardt warned that in the absence of answers and an independent investigation, “suspicion of corruption, mistrust and appearance of being above the law will prevail”.

The Chairman of UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) coalition, Manzoor Hasan, wants Najib to step down as Prime Minister to allow the investigation into the RM2.6 billion donation he received to proceed without interference.

Malaysia’s travails went on till the very close of IACC with the Transparency International Vice-President Elena Panfilova reiterating that Najib has to come clean on the RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts.

Malaysia was literally hauled over the coals at the IACC for the corruption crisis in the country as no one in Government could give any satisfactory or acceptable answer – which is understandable when even the Prime Minister had turned tail from the IACC – although Najib’s Ministers could have done a better job.

[One time Maybank President, Wahid Omar, is now one of the Jokers in the PM’s Department. The other is Paul Low, former Transparency International Malaysia Chapter President who was handpicked to spearhead Malaysia’s anti-corruption crusade. One more Joker, Idris Jala, former Chief honcho of Permandu, has returned to the Long House in Sarawak still in transformation blues mode. As for MACC’s Abu Kassim, he is confined to a wheel chair after the rm2.6 billion shock. May he recover soon as there is still unfinished business.–Din Merican]

When the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar (photo above) in the closing address, had to invoke God, saying that those who had committed any crime would ultimately be punished though not immediately, pronouncing “If not today, tomorrow, next month, or five years down the road or 10 years down the road. Rest assured, there is God in this world and the truth will prevail”, it was tantamount to Q.E.D about the corruption crisis in Malaysia.

Malu Malu UMNOShame, Shame, Shame on Malaysia

The last three days had been Malaysia’s most shameful and embarrassing experience – we providing an international platform to be lectured by a Peruvian, Cameroonian, Russian, Australian and American among others as if Malaysia is a rogue student caught red-handed in gross misconduct.

However mortifying the 16th IACC had been for Malaysians for the last three days, it is not the end but the beginning of Malaysia’s humiliation on the international stage unless we are capable of change and reform.

In the digital age, where information travels at the speed of light, the world through the 1,000 IACC delegates from 130 countries, will follow with sharp and keen interest and concern whether Malaysia sinks into the bottomless pit or is capable to get back our bearings in our quest for a society with zero tolerance for corruption.

Malaysia’s corruption crisis, and the failure of the Prime Minister to open the conference and to come clean, has rendered the 16th IACC theme, “Ending Impunity: People. Integrity. Action” a failure, as good as excising the word “Ending” of the 16th IACC theme to reduce it to: “Impunity: People. Integrity. Action”.

Malaysians cannot be bystanders to address and resolve Malaysia’s corruption crisis which has been internationalized by the 16th IACC into a global corruption scandal.

Although the Parliament secretary has sent out notice for the Parliamentary budget meeting beginning on October 19, Malaysians and the world cannot wait for six weeks for parliamentary action to be taken to address the corruption crisis in Malaysia.

For this reason, I call on Najib to convene an Emergency Parliament within the next fortnight, which should meet for at least two days, to continue from where the 16th IACC left off to find answers to the corruption crisis in Malaysia – and which can, among other things, end the sabotage of parliamentary investigations on 1MDB by filling the vacancy of Public Accounts Committee chairperson and three other PAC members as well as to resolve on the immediate public release of the Auditor-General’s interim report on 1MDB.

13 thoughts on “IACC : Global Shame for Malaysia–Corruption

  1. Din, will you permit me to copy your posts and paste in FB, thank you.
    Please go ahead. No permission required. Just spread the word to all so that we can create a snowball effect. –Din Merican

  2. Malaysia has never been this badly humilated, in Malaysia by the ‘orang Putih’ with the recently empowered police keeping quiet through 3 days of continuous humilation. Even Dr Mahathir was made to stop his speech by the police at the #nothingtohide forum. And sadly this public humiliation was caused by Najib for had he attended the IACC forum and defended the accusations against him, things would have been better or things would have been worse.

  3. The more these clowns try to defend this skirt chaser,the more stupid & fools they make themselves look like & laughing stock to the world.

  4. LKS and many others with deeply rooted love, integrity and morals for the next generation to live peacefully are showing great courage by all means to help to prevail good sense in our corrupted government and its cabinet members of half past six mentality.

    In the eyes of the world today after the IACC meet at Putera Jaya, our nation is deemed as one of the most corrupted third world countries when the leader is believed to have hijacked RM2.6b without any trace.

    News of former MACC officer Kevin Anthony Morais who is attached to AG’s office is believed to have gone missing since last Friday. Could this be related to 1MDB scandal too? What’s happening to this nation? Are we in the right course or lost the bearings to sink in the deep ocean like MH370?

  5. Ku Nan said these folk were possessed. Najib propagandists attempt to label these …well… criticisms is too mild a word,condemnations is a better word, as the work of “foreign interferers” linked to DSAI.

    We are told to have faith in the government institutions that are supposedly investigating these claims but Najib has already cleared himself , defined the scope of the investigations and neutered the public bodies meant to investigate.

    I have stopped reading pro Najib blogs because there’s a heavy odour of embarrassment wafting from the spiel. It’s like even they know that their spin is weak. Some of course go the whole race and religion crap, but what can you expect from a Regime and certain supporters who are devoid of intellectual and moral clarity.

  6. UNGA is coming up soon.
    The chicken PM has been advised to stay home in case he receives an IACC-type reception. But the chicken has gotten back his bugis bravado and insists he will attend.

    My money is on him delegating the rostrum to some underling like Anifah ( or maybe Paul the Low) at the last minute to accommodate his fiendish-half’s penchant for the shopping spree that this trip will allow. How to pass up a chance like this to visit NY especially when you can use the personal plane like all the other third world despots.
    I venture to say that our phony Bugus warrior will not leave the country lest the man from Pornorogo stages a coup and Najib will be out of office. Remember what Lon Nol did to Norodom Sihanouk in 1970. –Din Merican

  7. The 1st BR1M in 2012 was given to 5 millions of poor people in Malaysia and it amounted to 2.6 billions..

    1yr later in 2013, an idiot put 2.6 billion into his personal bank Acc..

    So this idiot deserves to keep $2.6 billion off public record for himself while 5,000,000 poor Malaysian citizen gets to share another $2.6 billion in all publicised fanfare??? What kind of PM is this???

    I dunno about you guys, as far as I’m concerned, this guy dont get my respect at all & if I sees him face to face, I’ll spit saliva on him..

    This BASTARD BANGSAT BENGONG BANGGANG really makes me bengang lo

  8. Malaysia has never been this badly humiliated, in Malaysia by the ‘orang Putih’ with the recently empowered police keeping quiet through 3 days of continuous humiliation.


  9. Disgust and indignation replacing the initial alarm and dismay as the recent digitalised years rolled out with data and figures how much the leachings and leakages, illicit outflows and losses and cost-overruns really amounted to, there is no surprise element at what the IACC leadership had to say.

    Because the tolerance factor for hiding, denying, tall-tales-telling to rationalize wrong-doing is so entrenched in the corridors of power, as a citizen I am kinda relieved to hear what Ugaz and co. said. Without mincing their words. Dunno what more pride there is to save, so shame and humiliation belong to the perpetrators. Not for you to feel LKS. Dun waste your breath harping on that ie of least importance. All remains is the final episode when that one implodes at last in his self-induced self-destruct. Asking him to convene an emergency parliament to follow up after IACC’s is surreal in light of the evil and intentional buffoonery prevailing for a bloody long time, it’s laughable (definitely dark morbid laughter).

    But the Almighty One many of us believe in shall not be mocked. And knows best how it will end. Having done all we can, we stand.

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