Friday, November 10, 2006

Who Is More Scandalous?

PAS timber scandal brewing - The Star, 10th Nov 2006

  • The Kelantan Barisan Nasional has claimed that certain PAS leaders solicited millions of ringgit from timber contractors for the approval of concessions and logging permits.
  • Its chairman Datuk Seri Annuar Musa said the money was channelled to the party’s coffers, resulting in the state becoming poorer but enriching the party.
  • Showing several letters with company letterheads, including a copy of a cheque to substantiate the claims to reporters, Annuar said he would soon make reports with the Anti-Corruption Agency.
  • Asked the amount of money involved in the transactions, Annuar said he had evidence that at least five private companies had “given” over RM1mil since 2000.

RM1mil in 6 years time, not too bad right, comparing to others that siphoned off millions at the blink of eye. After all, it is only 14,000 per month, I wonder how poor Kelantan has become. The scandal was revealed before it is reported to ACA, something fishy? Politics in Malaysia is just so interesting. It is about how to make big thing looks small and small thing looks big.

This piece of news came right after PM 's statement on corruption, what a coincidence. PAS Kelantan is the first on the chopping board, who's next?

PM: Speed up the cases against corrupt 'anchovies, sharks' - The Sun, 9th Nov 2006

  • Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants the courts to expedite the hearing of corruption cases -- no matter if they involve "anchovies or sharks".
  • He said there had been criticisms made by the people that such cases were being delayed by the courts.
  • The prime minister also commented on Malaysia's position in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index, which showed the country's score slipping from 5.1 last year to 5.0 this year.
  • He said the figure was dissapointing but also questioned if the study really reflected the actual situation in Malaysia.

Did you hear what the PM has just said, stop wasting your time on small little fish, we want to see solid actions on the killer-sharks.

Why is that whenever "number" is involved, our PM is always in the state of denial? If the CPI does not reflect the actual situation in Malaysia, what would you recommend? Who set the vision to improve Malaysia's CPI ranking and yet, who is questioning the accuracy of CPI now? Contradiction, one after another, we just have to get used to it.


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