Malaysian Official 1 should resign but won’t by Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Friday, July 22, 2016
Malaysiakini : “A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his
morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the
Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.”
- Russell Baker
COMMENT At the risk of ending up
like former minister Zaid Ibrahim who exercised his democratic right of
free speech in asking for Najib Abdul Razak to resign or step down, I
too would ask that, with the latest revelations from the United States
Department of Justice (DOJ), the prime minister step down.
I did the same when the corruption charges against Penang chief minster cropped up where I said “the Penang CM should take a leave of absence until these charges have been settled.” Nowhere did I attempt any justifications for the Penang chief
minister not resigning or stepping down because of the politically
motivated nature of the charges (which I acknowledged) or the fact that
the Malaysian system is broken and compromised.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak in urging
Malaysians not to jump to any conclusions said, "No one should rush to
judgement before allegations are proven in court," which of course does
not apply to Lim Guan Eng, who was summarily demonised by Umno
propaganda organs as being hypocritical and corrupt.
In the case of the current Umno regime, the DOJ has claimed, “The
Malaysian people were defrauded on an enormous scale (in) a scheme which
tentacles reached around the world.” The prime minister’s stepson was named in documents aimed at curbing
the excess of kleptocratic regimes and if this was not enough, US
attorney-general Loretta E Lynch said, “We want to make clear to corrupt
officials around the world that we will be relentless in our efforts to
deny them the proceeds of this crime."
Najib's press secretary Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad is absolutely correct
when he observes that, “US Department of Justice's civil lawsuits were
filed against the producers of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ against various
assets”, however this does not detract from the fact that claims of
innocence aside, the Umno regime and the prime minster has been
implicated in one of the biggest cases of financial thievery
investigated by various US enforcement agencies.
The spin masters of this regime will attempt to minimise this as
something less than a criminal action brought by parties against a
“third party” - Red Granite Pictures. The reality is that the DOJ has
made it very clear that by drafting this document, it is aware of the
scope of this alleged criminal undertaking and further processes are in
place with actions that would have far more devastating results.