I was born on the prairies, where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures. [GERONIMO]
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Mr PM, you are challenged and dared. Will you sue?
to be no stopping Sarawak Report from exposing an avalanche of news
about 1MDB that allegedly accuses the prime minister in a sinister
and disparages and discredits his character and integrity.
Without let-up, Sarawak Report has come up with new disclosures successively on a daily basis over the last four
Report seemingly possesses a wealth of damaging information about 1MDB
that exposes the concerted efforts by the authorities to
conceal and cover up the many wrongs and the mind-boggling blatant
corruption that shrouds the 1MDB controversy.
does no credit to the country or its leaders to constantly deny and
condemn as false
every time such disturbing news is made public by Sarawak Report. Mere
denials without concrete evidence to nail the so-called lies and
not in any way enhance the government’s claimed version of their truth.
credibility is absolutely zero as far as 1MDB is concerned. Except for
the government leaders and their lackeys, nobody seems to accept
the clarification provided to counter Sarawak Report.
matters worse, the Sarawak Report publisher Clare Rewcastle-Brown has
challenged Prime Minister Najib Razak to initiate extradition
against her so that she can face trial in Malaysia.
get on with it in the most publicly possible way so that all can judge
his motives and justifications in an objective court of law – away
from judges whom he appointed and controls.
time the world started to learn what has happened to the once largely
respectable and law-abiding government of Malaysia,” she
is daring because she claims to have authentic
information that will convict Najib in a court of law. She seems to be
quoting heavily from the auditor general’s report which has been
under the Official Secrets Act, thus making it unavailable not only to
the general public but also putting it beyond the scrutiny of members of
Parliament as well.
the auditor general’s report is
declassified, there is no way to verify or refute what Sarawak Report
claims. As long as the auditor general’s report is sealed in secrecy,
suspicion that the government is determined to cover up corruption will
if the government wants Malaysians to believe that Sarawak Report is
full of lies and slander and a fabrication by Clare
Rewcastle-Brown to denigrate Najib, then here is an excellent
opportunity to denounce all the allegedly false reporting of Sarawak
the auditor general’s report so that Malaysians can judge for
themselves. This is the only way to establish the truth – in the court
the declassified report does not confirm the
so-called false claims of Sarawak Report, then the entire country will
rally around the prime minister and roundly condemn Clare
will shut her up and bring to an end all the so-called lies and
falsehoods concocted by her. If the truth is on the side of the
government, there is
nothing to fear.
as long as the auditor general’s
report is withheld from the public, Malaysians will continue to
disbelieve and doubt the government’s story. The government is morally
establish the truth beyond any doubt.
are wondering why the auditor general’s report is classified under the
OSA. What justification is there for it? What incriminating
revelation does it contain that the government is so determined to
prevent the Malaysian public from knowing?
question arises: can the government legally prevent this report from
being tabled in
Parliament for discussion? Has the government the constitutional
authority to withhold this report from the elected representatives of
has been pointed out that the government does not
have any such authority to do this. According to Article 107 (1) of the
Federal Constitution, “The Auditor General shall submit his reports to
Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who shall cause them to be laid before the House
is, therefore, a constitutional mandate for the Agong to cause the
report “to be laid before the House of Representatives.” It
cannot be ignored or set aside. It is a mandatory provision which cannot
be subverted or interfered with. It has to be
merely classifying it under the OSA, the report
cannot be prevented from being tabled in Parliament. The government has
no lawful authority or basis to do so. Parliamentary convention dictates
members of Parliament have a right of access to this report.
has thrown down the gauntlet. The only honourable thing for the prime
minister to do is to pick it up and respond like a gentleman. He
cannot be evasive or remain indifferent to this challenge. His
credibility and integrity are at stake. He is our prime minister, and he
shame us by refusing to sue Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
attorney general, who has cleared the PM from any wrongdoing in the
1MDB saga, lead the charge to secure her extradition from Britain to
trial in Malaysia. The honour of the nation is at stake. He must not