Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 28.5.2014.
Bank Negara’s loud and ominous silence over the RM32 million Bank Rakyat loan scandal echoes the Prime Minister’s lack of commitment to principles of accountability and integrity necessary towards establishing a sound financial system. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research had described a “sound financial management” as the aggregate set of practices and procedures which allow for the accurate, transparent, and effective handling of all government monies and government contracts.
Clearly both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Bank Negara have failed miserably, if this test of a sound financial system is applied by their refusal to come clean on the RM 32 million Bank Rakyat loan scandal exposed by former UMNO Minister and ex-Bank Rakyat Chairman Tan Sri Sababaruddin Chik in “The Malaysian Insider”. Sabbaruddin continued to reiterate that the Board of Directors of Bank Rakyat had initially rejected the easy repayment option over 10 years, without any interest on a RM32 million loan, to businessman Deepak Jaikishan.
Continue reading ‘This Is A Clear Abuse Of Power And Possible Corrupt Practice When A Minister Refuses To Sign The Letter To Extend Sabbaruddin Chik’s Tenure As Bank Rakyat Chairman After April 8 This Year, Because Of Sabbaruddin’s Opposition To The RM32 Million Easy Repayment Without Interest Scheme.(en/cn)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 18.1.2014.
DAP calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry if the Attorney-General Chambers(AGC) refuses to answer implicit allegations of racist bias and even selective prosecution by former Transport Minister and ex-MCA President Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik over the RM12.85 billion Port Klang Free Trade Zone(PKFZ) scandal. These implicit allegations were made to a Chinese newspaper where Liong Sik accused AGC of looking down and disrespecting the country’s Chinese leaders who have contributed to the country.
Ling was acquitted of deceiving the Cabinet by failing to disclose an additional interest rate of 7.5% to the purchase price of RM 25 per sq ft in the PKFZ deal, despite knowing that the interest rate was included in the price. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad testified in court that he had not been cheated by Ling.
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Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 4.1.2014.
Only In Malaysia Will Buying A Car With A 55% Discount And Saving Public Monies Be Worthy Of Being Probed By The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) But Not When Buying Above Market Price And Wasting Public Funds.
I welcome any proposed investigation by the MACC as reported by news portal Fz.com on the Penang state government’s purchase of a Mercedes-Benz S300L for my official usage. Whether MACC will eventually investigate or not, full co-operation will be given to the MACC as the state government is clean and I have nothing to hide.
I will not be asking MACC why no investigation was conducted on BN governments who made similar purchases without the 55% discount. I am certain that MACC will find that the Penang state government is “as clean as a whistle” as the whole transaction of purchasing the Mercedes Benz was handled by the State Financial Officer Dato Mokhtar Mohd Jait, who had abided by proper and legal procedures with valid documentation.
Continue reading ‘Only In Malaysia Will Buying A Car With A 55% Discount And Saving Public Monies Be Worthy Of Being Probed By The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) But Not When Buying Above Market Price And Wasting Public Funds.(en/bm/cn)’
Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 24.10.2013.
The recently amended Penal Code on 22.10.2013, particularly section 203A concerning the offence of ‘disclosure of information’ (“Section 203A”), effectively bans disclosure of any information obtained in performing his or her duties and subsequent disclosure by any third party of such information. Information leak bans under the new amended Penal Code reinforces secrecy of all information and effectively sabotages Freedom of Information Enactments passed by Penang and Selangor as well as allowing the Federal Government to cover up corruption, abuses of power and wrongdoings by government leaders and public officials.
Section 203A directly contradicts Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, YB Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri’s assurances that section 203A will not deter whistleblowers from exposing acts of corruption in the public service and/or rendered as redundant. The Whistleblower Protection Act 2010 (“WPA”) is meaningless as it is stripped of all effect and powers a paper and toothless tiger.
Continue reading ‘Information Leak Bans Under the New Amended Penal Code Reinforces Secrecy Of All Information Effectively Sabotaging Freedom of Infomation Enactments Passed By Penang As Well As Allowing The Federal Government To Cover Up Corruption, Abuses of Power and Wrongdoings By Government Leaders And Public Officials.(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.
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Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng And MP For Bagan In Kuala Lumpur On 30.5.2013.
Malaysia’s ill-earned reputation as the world champion of illicit fund outflow per capita testifies to BN’s and Bank Negara’s failure to wipe out corruption and prevent money laundering in Malaysia. When I was in London, I was sad to read in the New York Times that unlicensed money remitting services in Malaysia are alleged to have been a part of a US$6 billion (RM18.3 billion) online money laundering operation in US.
The New York Times said the money laundering scheme operating under Liberty Reserve had millions of customers worldwide, which were “overwhelmingly criminal in nature”, conducted 55 million transactions over the past seven years. In the largest online money-laundering case in history, Liberty Reserve relied solely on “third-party exchangers” to accept or make payments for them, which are usually “unlicensed money-transmitting businesses without significant government oversight or regulation, concentrated in Malaysia, Russia, Nigeria and Vietnam”.
Continue reading ‘Malaysia’s Ill-Earned Reputation As The World Champion Of Illicit Fund Outflow Per Capita Testifies To BN’s And Bank Negara’s Failure To Wipe Out Corruption And Prevent Money Laundering In Malaysia.(en/bm/cn)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 6.4.2013.
Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should show his commitment towards fighting corruption by either demanding the resignation of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud or else abolish the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). This follows the shocking comments by Abdul Taib that “the MACC don’t deserve my cooperation because they have been naughty… and they have not been honest”.
The Sarawak Chief Minister even characterized investigation by MACC against him for graft as “victimisation”, Abdul Taib should show proof of such “victimization” by MACC. Public opinion is that the Sarawak Chief Minister has been “shielded” by MACC rather than victimized by being given especially lenient treatment.
Continue reading ‘Najib Should Show His Commitment Towards Fighting Corruption By Either Demanding The Resignation Of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud Or Else He Might As Well Abolish The MACC.(en/bm/cn)’
Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 21.2.2013
Yesterday, Barisan Nasional chairman Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak and BN component party leaders signed Transparency International Malaysia’s (TI-M) Election Integrity Pledge, a move reportedly aimed at showing the ruling coalition’s seriousness in conforming to fair play at the coming General Election.
Unfortunately, this act of signing the Integrity Pledge by the BN is nothing but an empty announcement that rings hollow without a clear commitment to ensure clean electoral rolls and to make a complete and public declaration of assets.
Continue reading ‘BN’s Integrity Pledge Rings Hollow Without A Commitment To Ensure Clean Electoral Rolls, And To Make A Public Declaration Of Assets.(en/cn)’
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur on 6.1.2013.
DAP accepts the resignation of DAP returning officer Pooi Weng Keong to take full responsibility for the computer glitch that resulted in the wrong results to be announced for the party elections of the Central Executive Committee(CEC) at the DAP National Congress on 15-16 December 2012. Even though this computer glitch caused a wrong posting, where Candidate No. 31 to 38 and No. 61 to 68 had exactly the same number of votes, Pooi as Returning Officer must bear responsibility. This error had caused Sdr Vincent Wu to be announced as being elected into the CEC when he was not, and Sdr Zairil Khir Johari should have been properly elected into the final 20th position.
Continue reading ‘DAP Will Never Learn How To Cheat But Will Willingly Suffer For Upholding The Truth And Admitting Mistakes Made.(en/bm/cn)’
Penang 2013 New Year Message By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar George Town On 1.1.2013.
Penang will see 2013 as the end of poverty and continue the successes of fighting corruption so that there are no 3rd class economic citizens. Over the last 5 years the PR leadership in Penang has worked hard to reduce income inequality and introduced CAT governance of competency, accountability and transparency to accumulate record budget surpluses to implement social programmes, carry out traffic infrastructure works and build affordable housing.
Under PR’s Agenda Economic Sosial(AES) or Social Economic Agenda, Penang will be the first state in Malaysia to wipe out poverty by ensuring every household/family has an income of at least RM770 per month. The poverty line is RM763 per month for every household/family in Peninsular Malaysia.
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DAP 2012 Christmas Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 24.12.2012
Let Us Advance Efforts To Establish A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity That Puts People Over Profits To Put A Stop To All Future Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Automated Enforcement System(AES) And The RM 871 Billion Dirty Money Scandals.
Christmas celebrates the blessings of peace, prosperity, forgiveness and salvation. Similarly, a people-centric government can also bring peace and prosperity based on the principles of truth, freedom, justice, democracy and integrity.
Continue reading ‘Let Us Advance Efforts To Establish A People-Centric Government Based On Integrity That Puts People Over Profits To Put A Stop To All Future Lynas Rare Earth Plant, Automated Enforcement System(AES) And The RM 871 Billion Dirty Money Scandals. (BI/BC)’
Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng on 21 December 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
As we celebrate Winter Solsistice 2013, there is also a need to initiate concerted efforts to introduce positive energy and efforts towards establishing integrity over corruption. Such efforts have become more urgent following the shocking expose of RM 200 billion in dirty money siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 and the scandal of RM 871 billon lost over the last 10 years
Washington-based financial watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI) 2012, says the level of illicit flows from Malaysia in 2010 was the highest in 10 years. RM 197 billion of dirty money was siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 compared to RM 93 billion in 2009, an increase of 112 %. Malaysia has the shameful record of being the No.2 country in the world after China, of illicit outflow of dirty money.
Continue reading ‘Supports Anwar Ibrahim’s Roundtable To Address The Alarming Outflow Of Dirty Or Illicit Funds From Malaysia Of Almost RM 200 Billion For 2010 And RM871 Billion Over The Last 10 Years (2001-10). (en/cn)’
International Anti-Corruption Day Message By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Penang on 9.12.2012.
If Penang Can Publicly Declare And Update The Assets of The Chief Minister And EXCO Members, Which Will Be Updated Yearly On January Next Year, Why Can’t BN Federal Government Publicly Declare Assets Of The Prime Minister And Minister To Improve Malaysia’s Rankings In Transparency International(TI).
Unless the BN federal government follows Penang’s footsteps by implementing 6 integrity measures, Malaysia will not only fail to prosper but the weight of the recent exposes of financial scandals will ensure that next year’s Corruption Perception Index(CPI) ranking of TI will be worse. The 6 integrity measures of fighting corruption are:
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Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 188.8.131.522.
Malaysians should only be satisfied with efforts to fight corruption when ‘big fishes’ are prosecuted and structural changes introduced to fight corruption. The recently released Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) shows that Malaysia has improved its ranking from 60th out of 183 in 2011 to 54 out of 176 countries in 2012.
The improvement in the CPI does not appear to have stopped scandals such as the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal from continuing. Only now do we see the extent of the abuse of power in the previous Selangor government, for example, where land which is now worth RM300 million were sold to BN component parties at RM1 per square foot (psf) or how BN representatives in Penang sold prime land next to Gurney Drive in Penang at RM 1 psf in Tanjung Tokong.
Continue reading ‘Under Pakatan Rakyat, Malaysia Transparency International Corruption Perception Index Will Be In the Top 30 Countries By The End Of The First Term.(en/bm/cn)’
Speech By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In The DAP Bidayuh Ceramah In Serian Town, Sarawak On 25.11.2012.
DAP challenges Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to prove his claim that a change in government is not necessary to bring changes in the country. In one critical area that BN has failed to change is fighting corruption. Even I will believe the Prime Minister that BN is ready to change if Najib can not only change the Sarawak Chief Minister but asking Tan Sri Taib Mahmud to share his wealth with the people of Sarawak
This historic DAP ceramah in the small town of Serian by DAP Serian Branch with over 2,000 mainly Bidayuhs, show that Sarawak native people such as Bidayuh, are ready to accept the DAP for the first time ever because you want a change of government. You want a change in government because you know BN can not change. As long as BN supports corruption as it has done over 50 years, we know that BN will never change just like a leopard cannot change its spots.
Continue reading ‘The Prime Minister Should Prove That BN Is Ready To Change By Not Only Changing The Sarawak Chief Minister But Asking Tan Sri Taib Mahmud To Share His Wealth With The People Of Sarawak. (en/cn)’