Mariam Mokhtar: Apparently, there are no corrupt ministers in Malaysia. Really?


Apparently, there are no corrupt ministers in Malaysia. Really?

Mariam Mokhtar Mariam Mokhtar 14 hours ago

Some of our politicians are financial wizards. I bet you did not know that.

Malaysians know that corruption is alive and thriving amongst their ministers, but despite what the general public thinks, recent events, and investigations are proving us wrong.

On 14 September, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) cleared the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Rina Harun, of corruption, because she had managed to settle huge debts and prevented herself from being declared bankrupt

Rina had been sued by the Paris-based film company, Sarl Novovision, for debts amounting to over RM1.3 million. At the time, she had declared her assets to be worth around RM72,000. Naturally, most people were curious as to how she had managed to settle her debt within 15 months.

It would have been impossible for Rina to amass the settlement money from her monthly salary, even if she had been surviving on bread, and water. 

So, why were the public not told how her debt was settled? She is a public official. Where is the transparency?

The Harapan-Segambut MP, Hannah Yeoh, had asked Ismail Sabri, in parliament,  about the status of the investigation into the allegations of corruption about Rina’s settlement of her debt. He told Yeoh that the investigation was over; no element of corruption had been found, and Rina had been cleared of the charges.  

One would have thought that an explanation, however simple, about the source of her income to settle her debt, would have been revealed. For most people, Rina’s case is a resurgence of the previous Umno-Baru regime.

Recently, many ministers who have allegedly been accused and subsequently been investigated for corruption have, more or less, been cleared by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). How come?

Only one person, the convicted criminal, Najib Abdul Razak, was found guilty by the High Court, of all seven charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering in the RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

The guilty verdict was delivered in July 2020, but today even that charge looks unlikely to remain.

We are aware that Ismail, for reasons of his own, has held discussions with Najib, and would like to tap his expertise in reviving the ailing Malaysian economy.

Malaysians know that the convicted felon should be sitting in jail, whilst his appeal goes through the courts. That is how the legal system is supposed to work, given that we inherited the British legal system. Instead, we may find Najib’s ministerial powers restored.

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