The last ditch of saving themselves from potential embarrassment and loss of credibility of Anwar Ibrahim came from Anwar’s own Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Dr Syed Husin Ali.
This newly appointed senator of Dewan Negara made a flimsy effort to misdirect the people, trying to create a false impression that Dr Mahathir is challenging Najib Tun Razak to set up the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI). Please read his letter below:
Although we do not believe that former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad is serious about it, nevertheless the People’s Justice Party (KEADILAN) welcomes his challenge that the government sets up an Independent Commission to investigate the exposure by Barry Wain in his latest book that under the former Prime Minister more than RM100 billion disappeared due to corruption and wastage.
Actually, Mahathir was throwing a challenge to the Umno-Bn government led now by Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Najib should not dilly dally or give excuses but instead quickly set up the Commission. It should be given wide powers to investigate the claims by Barry Wain as well as all forms of corruption and waste linked to former PM Mahathir. Indeed if necessary and appropriate, the Commission should also investigate into all hanky panky that occurred under former PM Abdullah Badawi, as claimed and urged by Mahathir.
Consistent with the challenge by Mahathir, the Commission members should consist not only of judges or retired judges, but also respected political personalities from government and opposition as well as from among the Professionals (like the academia and members of the Bar Council). Obviously there needs to be an assurance that all recommendations of the Commission will be acted upon. It should not suffer the fate of the police commission or the commission on “Lingam’s Tape”.
Dr SYED HUSIN ALI
KEADILAN Deputy President
Clever choice of words wouldn’t you say so? But ultimately, EVERYONE agrees that the one who made the challenge was Lim Kit Siang. Anwar Ibrahim agreed to this and pasted that article in his own blog.
These two were the ones who challenged Najib to set up the RCI and challenged Mahathir whether he is up for it. And now Syed Husin is trying his best to say that the idea was originally conceived by Mahathir and now Mahathir is the one challenging Najib?
Trying to put a wedge between Mahathir and Najib now are we?
This latest politicking is laughable indeed.
For once in your life, please own up to all your actions. You guys were the one challenging Najib to set up the RCI in the first place. Now you have to substantiate your slander with proof. Therefore, own it up, stand up and face the music!
You challenged Mahathir to stand up and be judged, now you guys in Pakatan – Barry Wain included, should show us all the proof so that we can deal with all these in the Royal Commission of Inquiry. Failing which, you guys will have to face any libel suit should you guys fail to convince the RCI’s panel of judges, ‘respected personalities from government and opposition’ and professionals.
I doubt it. A few days ago, the unofficial mouthpiece of the opposition, Malaysian Insider made a swipe at any RCI by claiming that it is a waste of time and money for the rakyat.
A sad state indeed when the opposition who had vehemently trying to challenge the government with gusto made a u-turn on its own suggestion. Even Lim Kit Siang let out a whimper-ish twitter and an equally lethargic reply towards Mahathir’s response. It can be read HERE.
Lim Kit Siang should be happy that Mahathir had accepted his proposal regarding the RCI. But Kit Siang apparently went on and ridicule Mahathir for wanting to further broaden the scope of the RCI!
God knows what would Kit Siang say if Mahathir did not agree to the RCI. All hell will break loose I reckon.
Now it seems to say yes pun salah!?
Everything must conform to your plan right Kit Siang? I would have thought that Kit Siang would be tremendously happy that the RCI would include Mahathir and Abdullah Badawi too.
Syed Husin disagrees with Kit Siang in his letter above. He likes the idea that Pak Lah be accountable as well.
It is ironic that the opposition is in a state of disarray over their own proposal of this RCI.
What first came out as a gung-ho statement from this Mr Opposition had turned into a joke. If they want to start clowning around, quit politics and join the circus.
If RCI is a waste of time and money (as claimed by the Malaysian Insider), then why suggest it in the first place?
Update – Barely 48 hours ago, the clowns in Pakatan Rakyat challenged the government to set up another RCI! Read HERE.