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Cabinet should declassify all relevant documents and refer the integrity controversies surrounding the crooked half bridge, APs and Proton to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity for full investigation
However, while I continue to maintain my stand which I first stated in mid-2003 opposing the building of the RM1.1 billion crooked half-bridge, I am still baffled as to why the government has not been able to give a satisfactory and final reply to all the questions which Mahathir had raised on the issue.
For more than two months, the government’s responses had been weak and half-hearted which had not been able to stand up to new questioning by Mahathir.
The latest example is the response by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday commenting on Mahathir’s statement that he was prepared to swear by the Quran to prove that Malaysia offered to sell sand to Singapore.
Najib said Mahathir should furnish such proof if he had any and that if Mahathir is afraid to provide such proof out of fear of the Official Secrets Act, he could submit to the Government.
Why couldn’t Najib and the government declassify all documents relating to the crooked half-bridge controversy, which would have been the most powerful government reply to any allegation, insinuation or innuendo about any hanky-panky or lack of integrity in the government decision to scrap the crooked half-bridge?
The Cabinet meeting tomorrow should declassify all the relevant documents relating to the crooked half-bridge and challenge Mahathir to produce whatever documents or evidence available to substantiate his allegation of hanky-panky or lack of integrity, without the fear of any reprisal under the Official Secrets Act.
The Cabinet should in fact go one step further by referring the integrity controversies surrounding the crooked half bridge, APs and Proton, as well as other issues which had been raised by Mahathir, to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity for full investigation and report.
Mahathir should have the opportunity to appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity to lay out his integrity concerns about the various decisions taken by the Abdullah administration, while the Cabinet should give an undertaking to give full co-operation with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity on all the issues raised by Mahathir and that it would not invoke the OSA to escape accountability or avoid responsibility.
Furthermore, Mahathir should also fully co-operate with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity to deal with other integrity issues and controversies including those which happened during his premiership.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman