YOURSAY 'In other countries, awarding contracts to your own children or family members is a no-no. But over here, they just tell us that there is no proof of corruption.'
Taib's son rich from gov't deals, but no proof of abuse
First, under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission
(MACC) Act 2009, whether the beneficiary is Sarawak CM Abdul Taib Mahmud
or his son makes no difference.
Second, Taib as planning and
resources minister, has to approve the timber concession application,
even though he might not have sat in the committee meeting.
Third, as chief minister, he has got to give the final approval even though he might be absent in the state cabinet meeting.
Taib's involvement in so many layers of the administration including
the apex authority concerning his son's application, how the hell can
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull claim
that Taib is completely free from involvement in the award of such state
If what Shukri says is true, then every minister and
every head of department can openly and legally award government
contracts to himself, as long as he is absent in the meeting which
deliberated on the application. How ridiculous can Shukri get?
DontPlayGod: In other countries, awarding contracts to your own children or family members is a no-no.
China, you will be dismissed from your government post, even if you are
the governor of that province and disciplinary action taken. But over
here, they just tell us that there is no proof.
if Taib is not present at such meetings, would you think those who were
authorised to make the decisions dare to reject his son's timber
Why choose his sons or daughters over so
many applicants? Wouldn't it create a perception of abuse of power even
if it is genuinely not? Conflicts of interest also comes into play.
wonder, Taib said his children are all very smart to make so much money
‘legitimately'. Any retarded children with such help could also be a
billionaire, no sweat.
Xabiso: There's already a
conflict of interest when everyone in the exco meeting is subservient
to their boss - in this case Taib Mahmud, which will in turn influence
the decisions they make.
They can't make decisions in an impartial way. You can ask any board of directors from any part of the world.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Mohd Shukri said, "A person cannot be
charged for abuse of power if there is no evidence that he or she had
personally made the decision to award a contract where there is conflict
Wait a minute, doesn't this show there is a huge loophole in our laws? How can our leaders not get filthy rich?
by declaring your interest or your family members' interest and
excusing yourself from meetings that decide on the state deals, every
such deal becomes above board and free of conflict of interest?
little wonder that some cabinet ministers and chief ministers have
children who are already multimillionaires in their early 20s.
silly MACC has become! Earlier, the excuse was certain laws are
protecting the corrupt, and now strongman Taib was said to be not
present at meetings to decide on applications and contracts.
This does not speak much about MACC, its standards of investigations or the officers themselves.
we are not going to get to the bottom of all the corruption, the
unmentionable sums accumulated by our politicians, their families, their
abuse of their positions, even in their absence.
We need a whole
new government and new men, competent with integrity, to head all the
agencies like MACC, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Attorney-General's
Jimmy Ng: So, the door has just
opened and it is now clear to all BN ministers that as long as they are
not present physically during the tender meetings when the tender is
awarded to their crony or relative, it is okay and legal and MACC cannot
Up2U: MACC, how can you fall back
on the weakness of the law? A person of Taib's stature does not need to
be in a meeting. His omnipresence is strong enough to influence the
others to approve the goodies for his son.
CM does not need to be present for him to influence a decision; he
could instruct anyone to follow his instructions from afar. MACC needs
to look at each contract that has been awarded and decide if each one
was the best deal the government could have gotten.
wonder how many of Sarawak ministers or exco members would actually
dare not to award a contract to Taib's son. The implicit threat of not
conforming to his wishes is already an abuse of power, hence corruption.
Shukri, what freaking proof do you want? How can the Sarawak CM's son
have 111 bank accounts as mentioned in his ex-wife's statement?
Armageddon: Is this a case of the weaknesses in the law or the weaknesses in the people enforcing the law? I believe the latter is true.
the law finds Taib guilty, most likely all BN MBs and CMs will suffer
the same fate. White-collar criminals are not idiots, and that is why we
label them white collared to signify their intelligence.
It is grimly amusing to watch MACC fall over themselves making up
desperate excuses to justify their eunuch-hood in investigating the
openly and massively corrupt Taib Mahmud's kleptocratic dynasty.
we have to teach you to do simple arithmetic, MACC? How much is the
CM's official annual salary and benefits? Multiply that by the number of
years Taib has been in power, and subtract this from the billions of
ringgit of known wealth.
And where Taib Junior is concerned, the
simple fact that he is the son of the CM would automatically exclude him
from all government contracts due to a clear and massive conflict of
interest. But of course, MACC refuses to see this.
MACC trying to wriggle out of this one and allow these corrupt whales
to continue looting the nation? The rakyat are not likely to accept such
a lame excuse.
Remember, the late DAP aide Teoh Beng Hock was
subjected to a marathon interrogation session resulting in his death
over a case involving a mere RM2,000.
Meanwhile, these corrupt
whales are stashing their billions all over the world while millions of
Malaysians are living below the poverty line.
acknowledging the sources of the BN leaders' wealth is the first step
in the right direction. MACC acknowledging that they do not have the
guts to go after big fish is the second step.
MACC saying all these with the intention to get the general public outraged enough to force them into action is the third step.
The fourth right step is ours. Come on, absurd as it is, isn't it clear
MACC needs us to force them to act so that big brother won't blame them
for taking action?
Much as they possibly can't stand the
present situation, and may want to act on their own, they also need to
take care of their own rice bowl at the same time.
When they want to, they can find ‘proof' such as how sodomy was
"proven" to have taken place in a non-existent condominium during Sodomy
I. Please stop wasting our time MACC, soon you will join your
brothers-in-crime in jail.
Not Confused: To any
right-thinking individual, it matters not whether the beneficiary of
any decision is actually present in the decision-making meeting. The
point is that there should be no connection at all between the
decision-makers and the beneficiary contractor.
should be a clear brick wall between politicians and commercial
interests - no chance of any conflict of interest.
Until this is
enshrined in a well-crafted legislation, then Najib's bleating will come
to nought and the leaders of states and their relatives will continue
to plunder the country's resources and their wealth will become even
Tl: Taib's family has amassed billions of ringgit and MACC still can't pin anything on them - someone must be blind here.
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