Mission to ‘Mars’


Let’s state the obvious…

(Politicians and soiled diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason – cartoon source: http://davies.lohudblogs.com)

We elect politicians into office so that they can be our servants and not to be our masters.

We elect politicians so that they can make the best deal for the rakyat, not to make best deal for themselves.

What is needed at end of the day is accountability and transparency – it is simple as that. We admit that in the course of performing their duties to serve the people, politicians is entitled to certain perks and allowances, depending on the quality of work, of course. The Prime Minister for example can enjoy the escort of the police outriders when he needs to run through the traffic during peak hours (although we wish that he could take the public transport once in a while and see how fucked up the system is).

We are not complaining if things are done by the book.

And talking about doing things by the book, there has been interesting developments in the area of accountability and transparency – one is on the leaked Cabinet papers and the other on the very purpose of Selcat and its direction

On the cabinet papers, they are now going after the one leaked the information:-

Police investigations into the posting of classified Cabinet papers on the Internet will focus more on where the leak occurred rather than who was responsible for making them public, said Home Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

The Cabinet paper is looking at the PKFZ scandal and we been waiting for the many investigations by many parties (MACC, police, cabinet, PAC, etc) to come to an end and get the ‘son-of-bitches’ (words inspired by General George S Patton) who have squandered the millions to be caught and punished severely.

The last thing we need is for the PKFZ scandal coming to a closure without anyone brought out into the open and be accountable. We do not need the loss of millions simply swept under the carpet in the usual Malaysia Boleh spirit.

On the Selcat, it is being attacked from, not a big surprise, Khir Toyo and seems to be in collusion with PAS’ Hasan Ali (increasingly becoming the oddball in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition)

The latest spat over Selangor’s Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) shows that there is a power tussle between the Mentri Besar and state assembly Speaker, says Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Once again Khir Toyo is playing the racial card to overshadow the ‘good’ work that Selcat have done to date to uncover the blatant corruption and misuse of public funds during Khir Toyo’s helm at the administration of the state. One must admit that if not for change of state government, the blatant use of public funds would have gone unnoticed.

Hasan Ali said:-

“Investigations which involved degrading methods that affect the dignity of the people being questioned and elements of pressure did not reflect the philosophy of Selcat,” he said in a statement yesterday.

As a result of such tactics, he said many senior civil servants had lost their sense of self-worth and their morale was low.

Hasan Ali may have good points in his argument to improve Selcat but the problem is if many senior civil servants have done their job well and without the inclination to still work for or being pressured by the previous government, we will not be hearing blatant and gross recklessness like this:-

A district officer today revealed that Barisan National (BN) assemblymen under his jurisdiction had misused their state allocations ahead of the March 8 general elections last year.

Earlier Petaling District Officer Datuk Zulkepli Ahmad was at a loss to explain how approval for state allocations for BN lawmakers was given even after the state assembly was dissolved and even after the new PR state government was sworn-in.

There was a clear case of misuse of public funds in both cases – PKFZ scandal and in the findings of Selcat. What is yet to be finalised is the extent and the implications.

In recent developments in both cases, what is being feared is whether the truth will be lost and the guilty ones will get away unpunished, once again. In Malaysia, despite being more developed country and have a developed arms of government and having specialised enforcement agencies like the MACC (previously ACA), we are not much better than some 3rd world countries where corruption rules and no one ends up being accountable or answerable.

It is akin to the mission to Mars – there is a lot of work to be done and change of attitude before we can say we are corruption free country. Otherwise it will be the loss of millions year in, year out.

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Things seems to be heating up for some seasoned politicians…

RPK has been talking a lot about Samy Vellu and how Indians got screwed in Malaysia Today – here and here (nothing fancy and much revolves around the well known Maika & MIED scandals). The “latest” evidence to surface is not so new – it was given to ACA way back in 1994 and they did nothing. Will MACC do the same?

(Khir Toyo’s 24 million mansion under investigation by MACC – Khir claims it is just Rm3.5 million, MACC  says RM5 million but the rakyat thinks both are wrong! Image source: http://anakdesa1108.wordpress.com)

Another politician in the limelight these days is Khir Toyo, the ex-MB – one of many politicians who claimed to be squeaky clean from corruption and has done everything in the interest of the people.

TheStar reported

Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has been asked to be present at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office here to assist in investigations related to the purchase of his multi-million ringgit palatial home

Seriously, I doubt any action will be taken against the ex-MB – there have been many reports and incidents against the ex-MB but the old ACA and now MACC have yet to book him for anything serious. This is compounded by the mysterious letter that surfaced during the Teoh Beng Hock’s death inquest that Khir Toyo is in collusion with MACC.

Can we afford to continue to give MACC the benefit of doubt? Perhaps after the Teoh Beng Hock’s death, they may have buckled up.

At the same time, the issue of Balkis has resurfaced again when the High Court granted order to challenge the legality of the Registrar of Societies’ (ROS) decision to dissolve and de-register Balkis (the Wives of Selangor Elected Representatives Association) on Feb 11. The Selangor State Government may have another crack at uncovering the fishy financial transactions of Balkis once headed by Khir Toyo’s wife.

We all know what really happened in Balkis and so does the current State Government. The only one in the “dark” seems to be the enforcement authorities (MACC, police, AG, etc) and we also know why this is so and so does the State Government. That is why the investigations into Balkis’ affairs are taken through the SELCAT (Select Committee on Competence, Accountability and Transparency formed under the Selangor State Assembly) and not through the usual MACC (which has a lousy track record).

And if one recalls the financial fiasco under Balkis, one of the matters that were raised was this:-

Permodalan Negri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) spent almost RM1mil for a trip to France and Morocco taken by former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his entourage in 2004. The entourage included his wife Datin Seri Zaharah Kechik, their three children and Indonesian maid.

PNSB also paid an additional RM9,000 for Dr Khir and his family’s accommodation during a four-day transit in Dubai.

The inquiry heard that PNSB paid RM750,000 for Dr Khir’s trip to the United Stated in December 2007, which included tickets to Orlando Disneyland. An additional RM110,000 was spent on Dr Khir’s seven-night stay at a hotel suite in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr Khir and his family also flew first class, said Khairiyah, adding that the entourage visited Miami Beach, Los Angeles and the Kennedy Space Center. On why the trips were conducted during the school holidays, Khairiyah said Dr Khir, then PNSB chairman, had fixed the dates.

Stand back and see these blatant spending of public funds from a view of taxpayers who are working hard to pay rent for house, transportation, food and children’s education (and whatever balance for their savings for retirement).

Taxpayers who are expecting their hard earned money to be used for improvement of schools, roads and transportation, not to be used by some politicians, who thinks that it is their God given rights, to plunder and use the money for their own.

The last thing we expect is for the hard earned taxpayers’ money used by some bastards to bring his wife, children and maid for overseas holidays – flying, staying and dining in the finest places. And when called for accountability, shrugs off the issue and remains unanswerable and unaccountable.

If Khir Toyo had paid for these trips from his own savings, then one would have appreciated it (provided it can be proven) but the fact is it was not. It was paid for using public funds. There was a clear cut of conflict of interest and misuse of public funds. What suppose to be accountability to the rakyat turned into political hide-and-seek and wayang kulit (shadow play) and the people are not happy about this (one reason which Khir was kicked out from the MB seat).

For this very reason, the current State Government should not stop pursuing the missing funds and bring these slime balls in the corrupt out in the open for the public to see, judge and strung them high on a pole. Taxpayer’s money is not an endless money pit to be abused by politicians and get away with it.

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