Monday, 23 February 2009

'MB didn't order cows and it's his Lexus' – Malaysiakini

The Pakatan Rakyat has hit out at corruption allegations against Selangor Menteri Besar who is accused of misusing public funds to maintain his luxury car and to buy cattle for Hari Raya Korban, Malaysiakini reported quoting AFP.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after complaints were filed by a Barisan Nasional leader.

Khalid is accused of spending taxpayers' money to buy 46 cows that were slaughtered and distributed in his constituency during the Hari Raya Korban festival last December.

He was also reportedly accused of using funds belonging to state-owned firms to buy a Lexus SUV worth nearly RM1 million, and maintaining it at government expense.

Khalid has denied all the charges.

His lawyer Sankara Nair dismissed the MACC's findings, which he said were"unjustified and appeared to be motivated by political consideration".

"The cattle purchase was never ordered by Khalid personally," Sankara told AFP on Sunday.

"The Lexus is his own personal car which he was using even before he became the menteri besar, while the maintenance expenses for official purposes were all approved by the state," he added.

The MACC's findings came under fire from opposition politicians who questioned the commission's motives in revealing details of the probe even before the attorney-general decides whether there is a case against Khalid.

"The law is clear. It states that a person is innocent until he is proven guilty," said DAP leader Karpal Singh.

The broadside against Khalid is the latest political drama in recent weeks, after the Barisan Nasional seized control of Perak.


Against "Anti-Corrupt" Corruption said...

It is now crystal-clear that the MACC is not a neutral body. It is also clear as daylight that their flimsy allegations against the Selangor MB are politically motivated. It is incredible that the MACC commissioner has not even done his homework before jumping the gun with his allegations. As Karpal Singh notes: “He does not even know Section 58 of the MACC Act, which states that a prosecution for an offence under the Act shall not be instituted except by or with the consent of the Public Prosecutor.” His jumping the gun may have the intention of giving us the false impression of efficiency, but instead, it blatantly shows his prejudice and amazing ignorance of the very law that he is supposed to uphold!

It is not the duty of the MACC to protect the massive corruption of its cronies and to sweep it under the carpet, and to find innocent whistleblowers guilty of corruption instead. Certainly, the MACC commisioner cannot continue with his disgraceful one-sided acts, and the best thing for him to do now is to resign!

kluangman said...

"The law is clear. It states that a person is innocent until he is proven guilty," said DAP leader Karpal Singh.

Apa yang dinyatakan oleh karpal adalah selari dengan kenyataan Pengerusi SPRM bahawa siasatan telah dibuat dan terdapat beberapa fakta kes secara teknikal ujud 'rasuah' dan perkara itu dipanjangkan ke AG.

Kenyataan bahawa lembu itu tidak di pesan sendiri oleh Khalid dan perbelanjaan itu diluluskan oleh kerajaan negeri adalah dangkal dan mahu memperbodohkan rakyat.

Kenapa tidak guna ayat:

1.Khalid sendiri tidak pernah melihat lembu lembu tersebut, tidak pernah menyentuhnya dan tidak tahu di mana disembelihkan dan khalid juga tidak turun padang membahagi bahagikan daging tersebut - jadi Khalid tidak bersalah.

2. Walaupun menggunakan kereta Lexus - khalid hanya duduk di bahgian belakang, tidak membawanya sendiri, khalid juga tidak pernah membawa keretanya ke bengkel, tidak tahu bila ia dibaiki dan tidak pernah kenal atau bertemu dengan mekanik - jadi Khalid tidak bersalah.

Saolannya: Siapa yang mengarahkan dan meluluskan pembelian lembu tersebut dan siapa yang berada di mesyuarat kerajaan negeri meluluskan perbelanjaan membaiki kereta tersebut.