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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Why the silence over IGP’s expose on corrupt ‘frogs’, Guan Eng asks MACC

 

Lim Guan Eng alleged Abdul Hamid Bador’s revelations ‘confirmed’ corrupt practices to induce and threaten elected representatives to switch parties.

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been questioned over its “silence” on Abdul Hamid Bador’s call for the graft-busters to probe “political frogs”, says DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

In a speech delivered at the Johor DAP convention, Lim said MACC can “no longer hide” and must explain its failure to investigate the expose by the outgoing inspector-general of police (IGP).

On Friday, Hamid said MACC should investigate politicians who have “party-hopped”.

The IGP said he saw corruption “everywhere” and that there were people who were “drunk on power, willing to buy over others, threaten others”.

Lim, whose speech was read out by party vice-chairman Gobind Singh Deo as he is under home quarantine, said Hamid’s revelations “confirmed” corrupt practices to induce and threaten elected representatives into supporting a government that “has lost its parliamentary majority”.

“If the MACC fails to act even though the complaints of corruption originated from the IGP himself, what hope is there for the ordinary public that MACC will act on their complaints of political corruption at the highest levels?”

Lim said MACC’s failure to act only confirmed Pakatan Harapan’s suspicions that government agencies had been turned into “political weapons” against the opposition.

He claimed investigations into former PKR vice-president and Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar had “disappeared” following his support for the Bersatu-led Perikatan Nasional government.

Lim added that DAP also wanted a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate Hamid’s claims of political interference in the police force.

“There is a need for all Malaysians to unite together to restore parliamentary democracy, and the democratic right for a government elected by the people to rule the country.

“As a first step, all opposition MPs and like-minded government MPs should come together under our ‘Big Tent’ to restore and re-open Parliament.” - FMT

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