In your remaining days, hang your heads in shame

Posted on May 23, 2018

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many-colours-one-dreamIMG-20180512-WA0040MACC chief, Mohd Shukri Abdull, at a tell-all press conference yesterday, disclosed that when he was in Washington in July, 2015, and his men back home who were involved in the 1MDB investigation were either being arrested or transferred, he turned to ministers in the PM’s department, Shahidan Kassim and Paul Low for assistance.

Paul Low isn’t happy with the way Shukri put his case forward.

FMT reports that “Low said Shukri was making it seem as though he (Low) had done nothing. He reminded Shukri that it was a time when everyone but the prime minister had very limited powers”.

“The team investigating 1MDB did what it thought was best according to the law. When it did that, obviously things snowballed where the team was being dismantled and removed, but it was not within my powers to stop it…As much as the system was not perfect and there were a lot of things that needed fixing, I had to operate within the system and within my powers to change what I could. Do we need to restructure the MACC and protect the staff? Do we need to separate the MACC from the executive? Of course we do! But that was the system I worked with back then.”, Low is reported to have said.

Paul, like so many others, took an oath to bear true faith and allegiance to Malaysia, and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.

Paul now says that he was powerless to do anything because everyone but the prime minister had very limited powers”.

Paul acknowledges that the MACC team was investigating according to law, but obviously things snowballed where the team was being dismantled and removed”.

He therefore recognised that the dismantling of the team was to frustrate the investigation into the 1MDB scandal.

And that could only mean that Najib did not want the truth to come to light.

Paul knew this.

He says it was not within his powers to stop the dismantling of the investigation team.

Perhaps.

He could have done the honourable thing and resigned.

And then blow the whistle on Najib, as did Muhyiddin, Shafie and Husni.

Instead, he elected to keep silent, along with his ministerial position and salary.

Equally disturbing is the report in Malaysiakini yesterday quoting Guan Eng that he was shocked to discover “red files”, that is, certain files in the finance ministry that were not accessible to top ministry officials.

Officers mentioned in the report are deputy treasurer-general Siti Zauyah Mohd Desa and auditor-general Madinah Mohamad.

“Both of them briefed me on the current status of the nation’s finances and the shocking revelation that they were not able to access certain accounts and reports. There were also complaints that certain ‘red files’ were only accessible to certain parties, which impeded officials and auditors from carrying out their professional responsibilities with integrity,”, Guan Eng is reported to have said.

Impeded from carrying out their professional responsibilities with integrity?

Now they complain?

Why did they not do the honourable thing and resign the first they were confronted with “red files”?

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