updated: The Malay Mail's front page today, 18/8/2009, go to www.mmail.com.my
17/8 AG chambers to file court papers to declare null Selangor govt circular setting time, place where state officials can be questioned by MACC/STAR
The politicians, they all claim that they are not corrupt. And they tell us that if we elect them they will fight corruption. But when it comes to the crunch, cakap tak serupa bikin. From the BMF scandal to PKFZ, some of the biggest culprits have been politicians. Some of them got caught (a Selangor Menteri Besar went to jail for graft), many of them got away.
But what Khalid Ibrahim's Selangor has done in response to the relentless probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has no precedence. Who gives the Menteri Besar's office the right to decide when the anti-graft officials can or cannot interview them? What gives Khalid Ibrahim the idea that politicians from Pakatan Rakyat must be treated differently when it comes to corruption?
The Malay Mail learnt about the "circular" from the MB's office from YB Ronnie Liu's political aide Wong Chuan How, who had eluded the MACC for over a week in probe involving misuse of state funds in Selangor. Read our report on Aug 12, here. Excerpts:“I was not hiding or running away. After the Teoh Boon Hock incident, the Menteri Besar’s office issued a circular stating that no Selangor State government employees should talk to MACC officers after office hours or when away from their office. We are also required to have a lawyer present during the meeting with MACC officers,” (Wong) added.There can't be two sets of laws - one for the ordinary rakyat and one for Khalid Ibrahim's men. I'm behind the AG on this.