PETALING JAYA: For the Opposition, the concept of justice applies only to its own kind, said an Umno division leader today.
Ampang Umno Chief Ismail Kijo said this when questioning the silence of PKR Vice-President Rafizi Ramli and “pro-Opposition” NGOs on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s controversial bungalow purchase.
“Where are the voices of pro-Opposition NGOs who demand transparency and justice without prejudice?
“When there are issues involving Umno and government leaders, they are incredibly loud.
“When it comes to Lim, not only are they hesitant to speak, they are afraid to even whisper.
“I am also puzzled at Rafizi’s silence on Lim’s matter all this while although he was so vocal in questioning the transparency and integrity of BN leaders,” he said as reported in Umno Online.
Ismail then questioned if Rafizi’s silence, amid calls for Lim to go on a leave of absence pending investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), could be attributed to his fear for Lim, who was also his mentor.
He said this was proof that justice for the Opposition applied only to their cronies.
When they are accused of corruption, it is slander by BN, he added.
“When a BN leader is accused of corruption, they immediately declare the guilty verdict although it is merely an allegation.
“I am convinced the Opposition is also not free of corruption, but they are skilled at concealing it, as well as using propaganda to divert attention by accusing others.”
Lim is currently under probe over the purchase of his bungalow at an allegedly below-market price.
Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahya last week told the Dewan Rakyat that the property was bought at RM2.8 million when its market value was estimated to be around RM6 to RM6.5 million.