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Opposition leaders being hypocritical about MACC

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – August 7, 2015: Opposition leaders have been accused of being hypocritical for projecting themselves as defenders of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the ongoing probe of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Several prominent bloggers pointed out that the same opposition leaders were the ones who over the past years had unfairly questioned the integrity of the commission.

“I don’t have to harp about my faith in and support for our anti-graft men and women,” wrote Datuk Ahirudin Attan in his blog post #SokongSPRM: The hypocrisy of some …

“I can’t say the same for the hypocrites who have now emerged from nowhere as instant champions of MACC. Go; support the MACC as you all should have done all along.

“But first, scums, have the decency to apologize to MACC chief Abu Kassim for the injustices you’ve committed against him and his men and women these last 5-6 years,” he added.

Dave Avran in his blog, Spanking DA Monkey, described the sudden support expressed by opposition leaders towards the MACC was “strange”.

“We live in strange days indeed. The very same people who had no confidence in the MACC during the Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbani cases are now singing its praises,” he wrote.

Raja Petra Kamarudin was cynical when he wrote in his column in Malaysia Today that “Today, the opposition leaders visited the MACC office and pledged support.

“MACC is now the icon of virtue and the true fighters of justice and seekers of the truth. Too bad Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed. May you turn in your graves.

“The MACC are now the good guys. So you two mother-fookers must be the bad guys.”

The Mole did a simple search via Google on what the opposition leaders said about MACC in the past and found them to be severely critical of the commission.

On July 2009, opposition leaders along with their supporters staged a protest demanding the MACC to be probed following the death of Teoh Beng Hock, an opposition political aide, who was found dead in the premises of the commission’s building in Shah Alam.

They demanded for MACC to be probed as they believed that the anti-graft agency was corrupted.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has even accused the MACC of oppressing opposition leaders, especially DAP’s.

“We can ask the police why they are wasting public resources to arresting PR (Pakatan Rakyat) leaders and members but not focusing their energies on criminals threatening our safety.

“We can ask the MACC why they are interrogating hapless personal assistants over a few thousand ringgits for 11 hours till 3.45 am (who are not even suspects) but not applying the same harsh approach on those named in the RM 12.5 billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone scandal.

“We can also ask why the police and MACC allow themselves to be used as political weapons of BN,” said Guan Eng on July 2009.

In December 2012, it was the turn of Guan Eng’s father, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang to condemn MACC.

According to DAP mouthpiece, RoketKini.com, Kit Siang had urged MACC to emulate the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as he deemed it of failing to effectively tackle corruption in Malaysia.

“MACC is showing no signs of stopping themselves from becoming a tool for the government to use but this will be different when there is a change of government in Putrajaya,” he said.

These are few of the many previous instances where MACC was lambasted by opposition leaders.

Opposition politicians who were contacted by The Mole for comment defended their leaders by giving various excuses.

PKR Seberang Jaya members of parliament (MP) Dr Afif Bahardin said that it was simply unfair for the bloggers to compare the Teoh Beng Hock murder case with the 1MDB investigation.

He said that such argument was like comparing apples and oranges.

“In fact, the opposition has always been supportive of MACC. We even urged the government to give MACC bigger authorities in terms of prosecution powers.

“The reason why we have been criticizing the MACC all these while is because many investigations that points out to Umno went unprosecuted.

“And now we are supporting the MACC because the police had been harassing their probe on the ground that MACC’s actions is causing a detrimental effect on the democracy of Malaysia.

“This makes no sense and it is not a valid reason to suddenly raid the MACC, let them do their job…this is the reason why we are supporting the MACC,” he said.

Pas’ Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, through a text message, agreed that opposition leaders have had reservations on the independence of MACC in the past.

“But when there is a blatant intervention by the police in MACC’s investigations does that mean we should just keep quiet?

“Just because we criticise the police for detaining our leaders during rallies doesn’t mean should not help them when they are chasing after a thief.

“Of course we have to convey the rakyat’s (people) desire for an independent investigation and tell MACC that we will stand with them in the event their attempts at this are being threatened by the police,” Khalid texted.

DAP Sekinchan MP Ng Sue Lim argued that the opposition leaders were not being hypocritical but instead exercising “professionalism”.

“Right now we are seeing that the police are trying to hinder MACC’s investigation on the 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion donation cases.

“Both the police and the MACC is on the same special task force assigned to probe 1MDB but instead doing that, the police are probing the MACC instead. What madness is this?

“I urge the police to stop interfering with the MACC, this drama needs to stop so that they can do their job without fear or favour if not what was the rational of forming the special task force,” he said.

Yesterday, opposition leaders including PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and the New Hope Movement (GHB) pro-term chairman Mohamad Sabu paid a visit MACC’s headquarters in Putrajaya to show support for the commission after the police had raided their office.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim clarified that the police were merely carrying out its duty under the law.

He said that, the arrest and questioning of seven MACC officials over the past week was to aid the investigation to find the source of the 1MDB information leak.

Noor Rashid said that just as the MACC was entrusted to probe 1MDB, the police was tasked to investigate the leakage of confidential information including draft of the charge sheet against the Najib and the personal banking information used as a tool to accuse him of siphoning billions ringgits of tax payers’ money.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]