By Fahmi Fadzil
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has claimed that the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) announcement yesterday was nothing more than a treasonous ploy by Pakatan Harapan to enlist the help of foreign powers to intervene in our domestic politics.
In the same blogpost, Salleh claims that this latest DoJ filing was to distract attention away from Pakatan Harapan which, according to him, was teetering on the brink of self-destruction.
I’m not certain if he is aware of it but, the last I checked, Pakatan Harapan does not control the US DoJ. In fact, even the US President himself does not control the DoJ.
So I think Salleh should cease slandering the opposition and spend more time explaining why – if the claims made in the DoJ filing are untrue – Putrajaya still has not sent a protest note to the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur or summoned the US Ambassador to Malaysia to explain.
In actual fact, I think Salleh’s incoherent reasoning, coupled with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s press secretary’s choice of words, reveal that Putrajaya is in panic mode.
How can they not be, when courts in several jurisdictions including in Switzerland and Singapore have successfully prosecuted, indicted, and even subjected lifetime bans on individuals found guilty of involvement in the 1MDB financial scandal.
Only in Malaysia has absolutely nothing been found.
And lest we forget, the aim of the civil forfeiture is to return the money stolen back to the Malaysian people.
So where do we go from here? It is clear that Malaysians demand the truth – about what really happened in 1MDB; about the billions of ringgit allegedly siphoned by certain individuals; about diamonds and other expensive things bought allegedly using billions stolen from the Malaysian people.
Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) and those involved in this scandal must be brought to face the courts in Malaysia. The Attorney-General must allow and facilitate the process of justice in order to arrive at the truth. Lawmakers must make a stand.
Let Putrajaya be in panic mode. Let the people rise. GE14 is near.
Fahmi Fadzil is PKR communications director.
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