KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia was now a renowned kleptocracy in the world, reminded Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, for starters, in a statement. “Still, these Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders, thumping their chests on hudud, did not quit over the theft of billions of dollars from taxpayers.”
“So, their threats to resign over hudud are clearly just for show. The idea was to minimise the damage caused by the dalliance between Umno and PAS.”
Again, said Pua who is also DAP National Publicity Secretary, if BN leaders were indeed “principled parties and individuals”, they should have made similar quit threats in the wake of seven countries investigating the 1MDB scandal. “This raises questions on whether they are also beneficiaries of the stolen funds from 1MDB.”
He cited the fact that MCA, Gerakan, MIC, Upko, SUPP and PBB, among others, were more than happy to continue supporting Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“Even the Auditor-General has confirmed that his office was unable to verify the authenticity and existence of USD7 billion (RM28 billion) of 1MDB transactions, assets and cash conducted overseas.”
The MP confessed that he found it almost comical, seeing the immense coverage given by vernacular newspapers, on the political fall-out from the tabling on Thursday of a motion in Parliament on hudud.
Top leaders of MCA, MIC, Gerakan, as well as Sabah and Sarawak parties, were not up in arms earlier, thumping their chests, screaming betrayal by Umno on the hudud Bill, continued Pua. “PAS President and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang was allowed to table the motion on hudud.”
“The Bill took precedence over government business in Parliament.”
Pua was recalling BN leaders keeping quiet when Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Azalina Othman Said, prioritised the Bill, and was seconded by Deputy Works Minister Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin. “Only Opposition MPs stood up to question the irregularity of the entire exercise, perhaps the first in the history of the Malaysian Parliament.”
BN leaders –Liow Tiong Lai, Wee Ka Siong, Joseph Kurup, Mah Siew Keong and Joseph Pairin Kitingan — or MPs from their parties could have stood up to protest the Bill, pointed out Pua.
The last time that MCA and Gerakan threatened to quit the Cabinet was if the results from the 13th General Election showed no improvement, said Pua. “The party leaders obediently put the tails between their legs and meekly crawled back to their Cabinet posts.”