Thursday, December 03, 2009

Anti-corruption memo 'litmus test' for IGP

A group of 15 activists handed in a memorandum to Bukit Aman police today urging them to take action against top politicians involved in alleged cases of corruption.

NONEThe group led by Malaysian Youth Solidarity (SAMM) coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin (better known by his blog pseudonym, che'GuBard), presented a 52-page memorandum to Bukit Aman public relations officer, Inspector Mohd Sail Hassan.

The memorandum, which was also signed by members of the Malaysian Students Solidarity (SMM) and Malaysian Youth Integrity Council, urged the authority to investigate allegations made by private investigator, P Balasubramaniam recently on YouTube.

It also called for probes into alleged bribery and abuse of power by the prime minister's political secretary, Shafie Abdullah, as well as allegations of embezzlement of RM10 million by Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohammad Hassan.

NONE"This is a litmus test for the inspector general of police, Musa Hassan and the police force, to show that they are not just tools of the ruling regime," he said.

The memorandum included reports by Bank Negara and MACC's predecessor, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), which Badrul said was sufficient evidence for the police to begin investigations.

"We already consider MACC impotent, and if the police do not act, then they would have failed to restore what little faith we have in them," he said.

According to Badrul, police should investigate those who acted as proxies to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor in Bala saga.

"These proxies allegedly offered Bala RM5 million to change his statutory declaration inrelation to the death of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.

"Making a false statutory declaration is a serious crime, and not investigating this implies that there is collusion to hide the 'secrets' of national leaders," he said.

He added that there is clear evidence of bribery as Bala said that he has already received RM750,000.

"It would be a lie if the police say that they cannot locate him as they have recorded his statement while he was overseas," said Badrul.

MACC yet to take action

In the case of Shafie Abdullah, the memorandum details evidence to support allegations that the premier's political secretary used money politics to secure his position in Umno.

"There are also reports alleging that Shafie used his close relationship with Najib, through the Finance Ministry, to threaten his political opponents in Umno," he said.

He added that SAMM had on Jan 2, handed in reports and other evidence to support these allegations to MACC, but the commission has yet to take any further action.

Wangsa Maju MP Wee Chee Keong has also come forward with evidence showing that Shafie had allegedly "influenced" the decisions of government agencies like the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL).

mohamad hasan negeri sembilan mbThe group also urged the investigation of Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan (right), whom Badrul alleged to have committed "economic sabotage by embezzling RM10 million out of the country using a money lender."

While the implicated money lender, Salamath Ali Money Changer, has since had its license revoked, no action has been taken against Mohamad Hasan.

"If a lorry driver used his lorry to transport illegal drugs, his license will be revoked and the drug traffickers will be arrested.

"So why has there been no action (against) the person trying to embezzle money out of the country?" asked Badrul.

He added that if the allegations are true, the act is akin to "treachery" and should be investigated by the commercial crimes commission of the police force.

Badrul was invited by the police to give his statement to the commission at Bukit Perdana later today.

The group dispersed at 10.40am, approximately an hour after their arrival, upon request from the police.


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