Malaysians Have No Faith In Paul Low’s Long-Term Solutions Or Paradigm Shifts To Fight Corruption (en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 8 June 2013.

Malaysians Have No Faith In Paul Low’s Long-Term Solutions Or Paradigm Shifts To Fight Corruption When He Refuses To Fully Commit To Implement Institutional Changes Such As Setting Up The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) To Prevent Custodial Deaths, Implement Public Declaration Of Assets By Government Leaders And Open Competitive Tenders.

Paul Low can not blame Malaysians for thinking that all his rhetoric about transparency and accountability are merely “cosmetic changes” when he has changed his tune from his position as Transparency International Malaysia Chairman calling for open competitive tenders and public declaration of assets by government Ministers. As long as Paul Low is willing to commit himself to the institutional changes mentioned, then the people are willing to give him not just 100 days but 100 weeks. Of course Paul Low has to resign if they are not fulfilled.

DAP fails to see what long-term solutions can be found by Paul Low or even whole paradigm shifts that can address the root causes of corruption without the institutional changes of setting up the IPCMC, implementing open competitive tenders and public declaration of assets. Instead Paul Low has turned apologist for BN and even rapidly adapted to BN’s culture of lies by justifying that personal safety of Ministers and their families as the reason why there can be no public declaration of assets.

Penang is a very good example of how such public asset declaration and open competitive tenders have not caused problems but brought about benefits since 2008, in terms of yearly state budget surpluses, reduction of the state government debt by 95% and increase in our asset reserves by 50% to RM1.2 billion.

Paul Low’s refusal to commit himself and set a time frame for these institutional changes has gravely eroded not just his but also indirectly Transparency International’s public credibility. There is no reason why Paul Low cannot press Cabinet to form the IPCMC immediately when even former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hasan said that he had not opposed the IPCMC when he was the IGP, provided that the police had a right to appeal to courts against the decisions made by IPCMC.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长及峇眼国会议员林冠英于2013年6月8日在吉隆坡发表的文告。

马来西亚人不会相信刘胜权所谓打击贪污的长远解决方案或典范转移,因为他仍旧拒绝无条件执行制度改革,成立投诉警方及行为不检委员会(IPCMC)以避免扣留命案重演、公开政府领袖资产及公开招标。

马来西亚人不会相信首相署部长刘胜权所谓打击贪污的长远解决方案或典范转移,因为他仍旧拒绝无条件执行制度改革,成立投诉警方及行为不检独立委员会(IPCMC)以避免扣留命案重演、公开政府领袖资产及公开招标。

刘胜权不能怪大马人认为他所有追求透明及问责的言论只不过是“粉饰太平”的改变,因为他换了位置换了脑袋,忘了他当国际透明组织大马分会主席的时候,曾经高呼要公开招标及公开政府领袖的资产。只要刘胜权肯承诺上述的制度化改革,不用说100天,连100个星期人民也愿意给他时间去实践。当然,若刘胜权无法完成要求就必须辞职。

行动党并没有看到任何刘胜权所谓的长远解决方案及典范转移,因为如果没有从制度化改变成立独委会、执行公开招标及公开资产的话,根本无法根除贪污。 反过来,我们看到刘胜权却为国阵辩护,以部长及他们家人个人安全为借口,推托不可以公开资产,彻底成为国阵说谎文化的一份子。

槟城就是一个2008年后,从公开资产及公开招标中获利的典范,这并没有因此带来问题。槟城反而因此在州财政上连年盈余,减债高达95%及储备金增加高达50%至12亿令吉。

刘胜权拒绝承诺为上述的制度化改革拟定时间表,不只他自己个人诚信严重受毁,也间接毁了国际透明组织的公信力。当前任全国总警长丹斯里慕沙哈山也说当他作为在任总警长的时候,并不反对成立独委会,因为警察有权针对独委会的裁决向法庭上诉,因此,我看不出有任何理由为何刘胜权不能施压内阁成立投诉警方及行为不检独立委员会。

林冠英

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