We can now be fairly certain that the Prime Minister lacks the courage to face the crowd. Although he once said that “semangat kepahlawanan tetap ada dalam diri saya” (the warrior spirit will always be in me), he had skipped a ‘Nothing To Hide’ forum organised by his own people in early June and now had skipped the International Anti Corruption Conference held in our own country.
Reasons given varied from ‘security issues’ to ‘need to avoid being grilled’.
What a shame for this country when a Prime Minister is afraid to face tough questions. Journalists are already complaining why is he avoiding questions in press conferences too. His last PC which had allowed questions from journalists was in early July. He did not dare to take any questions even after the announcement of a new cabinet!
His proclamations and statements now come from his own blog and speeches made at events. The sad truth is, if a prime minister can’t be transparent enough to answer allegations head on, then what is the point of governing Malaysia?
Even the founder of Transparency International, Michael Hershman is disappointed with the absence of the Prime Minister, saying “I am disappointed that he wasn’t here because I had hoped he would used this as a platform to explain what happened, to tell the truth. He missed that opportunity.”
He also said that his “disappointment is an understatement” and the prime minister’s“credibility certainly has negatively affected by his inability to address this head on and to tell the truth”.
Adding, “he has not explained, for what and where the money came from and what he was to do when he received it. He must also prove that the money is not illicit or that it comes from an illicit source. Political parties should not receive money that comes from illegal origins”.
If action can’t be taken or seen to be taken against a prime minister who had broken a law, then perhaps it is acceptable for a CEO of a GLC to receive millions of money from vendors/clients into his own personal account and claim that it is a donation!
Regardless, how the money was given is equally important as to how it was spent. If it was for political funding, Umno have never received ‘donations’ through the personal bank account of its presidents. That would be breaching the laws stated above.
This crisis of confidence and the trust deficit came from the personal corruption crisis faced by the prime minister. Never before in history where the personal bank account of the prime minister are being investigated. Shooting his own foot in the process, he sacked people who are investigating and questioning him and dismantled the investigation teams. And replaced them with loyalists and yes-men.
On top of that, he engineered delays in investigating 1MDB, a company which has so many problems it can’t even generate profits and pay back the massive loans it has needlessly acquired. It had to beg for debt forgiveness, use taxpayers money as standby credit and get an arab company to pay for them some of their debts in exchange for the prized assets.
This is the leader who had no qualms in lying to the people. Remember his statement immediately after Wall Street Journal published and exposed the billions in the PM’s bank accounts?
The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain. I believe Tun Mahathir, working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie.
Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.
At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.
As proven later on, the allegations were proven to be true. He even slandered Tun Dr Mahathir as the person behind the allegations about his exposed personal bank account. Not only that, he defended himself by saying the allegations had no documents to substantiate the truth.
The money trail
To add more spice in the guilt soup, some people from SRC International went into hiding to escape being remanded; when the prime minister could have easily called them back to help with the investigations.
Well the rest is history. The egg on the prime minister’s face was undeniably embarrassing.
One of the best parts came when Haron Din claimed that“it is unbelievable that someone transferred public funds into a personal account, if someone wants to cheat, they would have pumped it into a secret account”.
Lies after lies were perpetuated by his sycophants in order to defend their leader. But fortunately the public are smarter than all these sycophants combined. Too bad some people are still bent on supporting and defending a leader who had clearly misled the public. To many people, that in itself disqualifies him from being a prime minister.
A good leader is one who is trusted by the people and one who deserves that trust. If the leader is not forthcoming and quick to tell the truth and be transparent, the trust is lost and he can never lead effectively. He is rendered irrelevant.
A politician can only lead when others accept him as their leader. When the prime minister no longer has the moral authority to lead, it is embarrassing to have him as a leader of this country.