Zaid sickened by BN leaders’ ‘immunity’ to the law

Zaid-IbrahimPETALING JAYA: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim is sickened that Barisan Nasional leaders seem to be immune to the laws of the land while others, including Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged in court last week under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.

In his latest blog posting, Zaid dwelt on the subject at length and observed that the MACC Act 2009 had never been used against the Finance Minister, Najib Razak, who is also prime minister of the country.

“Under this Section, ‘any officer of the public body commits an offence when he uses his office or position for gratification when he makes any decision or takes any action whether for himself, his relative or associate in relation to any matter in which such officer or any relative or his associate, has interest whether directly or indirectly’,” Zaid said, adding that “only a fool” would think the Finance Minister was not at all involved in making such decisions yet the MACC had never invoked this Section on Najib before.

Remarking that Najib must be “an angel and a highly moral leader of exceptional integrity” to have exercised such restraint, Zaid said, “My question is, since we never practised the open tender system or any transparent process for all our mega-deals, how come very wealthy individuals/or corporations have secured big concessions and contracts?”

He asked who the decision-makers were behind the awarding of these big contracts and why was it that in Malaysia, the prime minister also held the Finance portfolio.

He said he found it “repugnant” that the law was only applied to certain individuals when by right it should be used against “anyone” who was guilty of an offence.

“What is sickening in this country is the ‘immunity’ that’s been granted to Barisan Nasional leaders (except retirees such as former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, who had to be removed to allow for a new Umno general to be installed in the state).”

He said this situation persisted most likely because the Malay government needed to be protected at all costs for fear that the DAP would take over the leadership of the country one day.

“These Malays would rather be complicit in these crimes than be ruled by DAP. How idiotic is that kind of thinking? Hidup Lim Guan Eng.”