Mahathir probably the next victim of the 1MDB Monster stalking the land devouring critics

I said in Parliament yesterday that I was the latest victim of the 1MDB “Monster” stalking the land devouring critics.

Parliamentary conventions, practice and procedures have been shoved aside to achieve the objective to suspend me from Parliament for six months, although the proper parliamentary procedure and practice would be to refer me to the Committee of Privileges to ascertain whether what I said in Parliament when seeking clarification from the AMANAH MP for Sepang, Mohamed Hanipa bin Maidin was a “contempt” of the Speaker and Parliament, or whether the Speaker was misguided when he alleged that I had accused him of “deliberately” abusing his powers and sabotaging the Public Accounts Committee investigations into the 1MDB scandal.

On Wednesday, I had submitted to Parliament the following motion under Standing Order 43 to review the Speaker’s decision in August to stop the PAC from continuing its 1MDB investigations:

“Under Standing Orders 43 and 99, this House resolves that the ruling of the Speaker in August 2015 prohibiting the Public Accounts Committee under its Deputy Chairman, MP for Kepong, from continuing its proceedings to investigate the 1MDB scandal until the Chairman of the PAC has been appointed is wrong, an abuse of power and incompatible with the objective in having a Public Accounts Committee which enjoys credibility and respect of Malaysians for its commitment and conscientiousness to ensure that all government and public finances uphold the highest standards of integrity.”

Although my notice of this motion has become academic with my suspension from Parliament yesterday, had I also committed contempt of Speaker and Parliament in submitting such a motion to the Speaker on Wednesday, in total contravention of parliamentary convention, and practice and procedure?

As I said in my speech in Parliament yesterday, I was only the latest victim of the 1MDB “Monster” which had already claimed many highly-placed casualties, including former Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail, the multi-agency Special Task Force into the two mega-scandals of 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion “donation” in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal accounts, and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigations into 1MDB by the simple expedient of promoting the PAC Chairman and three PAC Members as Minister and Deputy Ministers.

In Parliament yesterday, I spoke of the “disease stalking the land – the 1MDB Monster”, and one manifestation was the appearance of a website on the day Najib sacked Muhyiddin, Shafie and Gani Patail, which indicated its association with powerful quarters, naming 21 persons as “conspirators against parliamentary democracy” who were to be hunted down under Section 124 of the Penal Code (which with SOSMA would be playing the role of the new ISA) with the appointment of the new Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali and new Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

As I listed in Parliament yesterday, these 21 alleged “conspirators against the democratically elected government”, or to be more exact, against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who are to be hunted down under Section 124 of the Penal Code which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison are:

  1. Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus – Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)
  2. Shamsuddin bin Mohd Mahayidin (BNM) – Foreign Exchange Administration
  3. Abdul Rahman bin Abu Bakar (BNM) – Financial Intelligence and Enforcement
  4. Dato ‘ Sri Mohd Shukri Bin Abdul (MACC) – Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operation)
  5. Datuk Tan Kang Sai – MACC Special Operation Division Deputy Director
  6. YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Rashpal Singh a/l Jeswant Singh -A Member of the Advisory Board of the Anti-Corruption (ACAB)
  7. Jessica Gurmeet Kaur D/O Nashattar Singh – Heads the Special Task Force Secretariat, Administration and Finance department
  8. Dr.Tong Kooi Ong – Executive Chairman, The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd.
  9. Ho Kay Tat – Group Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, The Edge Communications Sdn. Bhd.
  10. Clare Rewcastle Brown – British investigative journalist Editor-in-chief of Sarawak Report
  11. Sufi Yusof – Mahathir Mohamad’s Press Secretary
  12. Tony Pua – Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya Utara – National Publicity Secretary for Democratic Action Party (DAP)
  13. Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz – Governor Bank Negara Malaysia

The above list shows how far-reaching are the tentacles of the 1MDB “Monster”.

I am only the latest victim of the 1MDB Monster and more victims, including former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir, would be the casualties unless the 1MDB Monster could be stopped in its tracks.

All Malaysians are concerned about the inordinate delay in 1MDB investigations.

Even the Malay Rulers have expressed their concern in their unprecedented statement of Oct. 6 that the government should complete 1MDB investigations “as soon as possible” and to take “appropriate stern action” against all found to be implicated – a clear disapproval of the delays and procrastinations in 1MDB investigations, including the three-month delay of the PAC into 1MDB investigations.

Will Najib in his 2016 Budget presentation in Parliament this evening be able to tell Malaysians and the waiting world that there is light at the end of the tunnel to stop the 1MDB Monster in its tracks from destroying not only the Najib premiership, but plunging Malaysia headlong in the direction of a rogue and failed state?

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Gelang Patah