Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 28th January 2009:
What are you waiting for, MACC?
In his post-Kuala Terengganu by-election interview with New Sunday Times (January 25, 2009), "Upping the ante on anti-graft enforcement", the Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan declared categorically that money politics is corruption. This came in the concluding part of the Q and A:
Q: Do you see any difference between money politics and corruption?
Today's New Straits Times reported on two other Perak Umno State Assemblymen "rumoured to be on the verge of leaving the party" expressing their frustration and saying that "more defection to the Pakatan Rakyat could not be discounted".
This was the immediate follow-up to the former Umno Bota Assemblyman Datuk Nasarudin Hasham's quitting Umno for Pakatan Rakyat on Sunday.
This is from the New Straits Times report "2 more express frustration":
Hamdi, reported as denying that he had met state PR leaders, "admitted that, like Ahamad, he was frustrated".
Hamdi also claimed that money had been used to win division positions in the state.
I do not want to comment on Umno internal politics or the frustrations of Ahamad and Hamdi with UMNO. These are internal Umno matters.
However, Ahamad and Hamdi's complaints about the use of money to defeat them as Sungai Siput and Beruas Umno division chiefs are not just internal UMNO matters but constitute corruption as clearly stated by the Chief Commissioner of MACC in the Sunday Times interview.
As Ahamad and Hamid would have ample evidence of the crime of corruption in the Umno divisional elections which caused their defeat as Umno chiefs in their respective divisions, so that those guilty of money politics in Umno division elections in Sungai Siput, Bruas and other Perak divisions could be arrested, charged and convicted for corruption, what is the MACC waiting for?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor