Will BN Leaders Walk The Talk Of Fighting Corruption By Applying The 6 Tests Of Making A Public Declaration Of Assets, Implementing Open Competitive Tenders, Bar Family Members From Being Involved With Government Contracts, Remove BN Leaders With Extravagant Lifestyles, Protect Genuine Whistleblowers And Come Clean On Political Donations? (en/cn)

Speech By DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng During The DAP Sibu Dinner On 13.10.2012.

Will BN leaders walk the talk of fighting corruption by applying the 6 tests of making a public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, bar family members from being involved with government contracts, protect genuine whistleblowers, remove BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles and come clean on political donations?

Malaysians are shocked at the written Parliamentary reply by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had not found any element of corruption in the case of the Sabah timber trader Michael Chia, who was detained in Hong Kong for trying to smuggle out RM40 million in Singapore currency allegedly meant for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Nazri said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigations revealed that the S$16 million(RM40 million) cash constituted political contributions to Sabah UMNO, and not Musa thereby to clearing Musa of charges of corruption and money laundering.

This is political donation of a huge sum of RM40 million not RM 40,000! How can MACC clear Musa or Sabah UMNO so lightly? MACC should be demanding that Sabagh UMNO come clean on political donations especially as to who and why is Sabah UMNO able to get RM40 million in cash donation or how much more donations is forthcoming for Sabah UMNO that goes unreported.

This brings to mind the question of the extent of extraordinary wealth of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud with allegations that his family is worth billions of ringgit. The enormity of Taib’s family wealth is corroborated by the current divorce proceedings of his son Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, in which his ex-wife has revealed that Taib’s son alone is worth at least RM1 billion, with 110 personal accounts in foreign banks all over the world.

Another case is the extravagant lifestyle of Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam, in which 130,000 guest were feted in an extravagant record-breaking celebration in Malaysia. Until today Ali Rustam has failed to explain who sponsored such a lavish wedding, which Ali Rustam claimed cost only RM600,000?

DAP proposes 6 steps to fight corruption. One, institutionalise public declaration of assets. This has been done in Penang where the Chief Minister and the entire State Exco has made a public declaration of assets that has even been certified by an international accounting firm. If Penang can do it, why can’t the Prime Minister and his Federal Cabinet or the Sarawak Chief Minister and his EXCO members do the same?

Two, BN leaders with extravagant lifestyle owning luxury homes, cars and huge personal bank accounts in foreign countries must be dropped. Three, family members must also be barred from being involved in government business to avoid another RM 250 million “cows and condos” National Feedlot scandal. Four, those genuine whistleblowers who expose corruption cases leading to charges in court must be protected instead of being persecuted.

Five, BN must come clean on political donations such as the RM40 million political donation to Sabah UMNO. Finally, open competitive tenders must be implemented. Without open competitive tenders, public projects are directly negotiated and awarded to cronies causing loss of public revenue such as the cheap sale of the Sungai Besi Air Force Base land. Can the RM386 million for 57 KR1M stores in Sabah and Sarawak or RM6.7 million per store be justified? At RM6.7 million per store, are the KR1M stores selling basic necessities like sugar, salt and rice or luxury items like jewellery and designer handbags?

In Penang, open competitive tenders were implemented immediately after the change of government in 2008 and as a result the state government has been able to achieve surplus budgets every year since, with proceeds from the savings going back to the people annually in the form of an “anti-corruption dividend”.

Unless action is taken against such unhealthy practices, Malaysia’s Transparency International’s(TI) Corruption Perception Index(CPI) will not only drop further but Malaysia may go bankrupt. Malaysia’s CPI dropped from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 60 in 2012, prompting TI Malaysia Deputy President Mohammad Ali to note that “elements of state” that facilitated “grand corruption” were still prevalent.

Even Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung admitted that corruption cost Malaysia RM26 billion every year. Worse is the Global Financial Integrity Report from Washington estimated that more RM1,077 million of illicit money flowed out illegally from Malaysia from 2000-9. How much more can Malaysians and Sarawakian lose to benefit just the few families?
LIM GUAN ENG

—-Mandarin Version—

民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2012年10月13日在诗巫行动党晚宴上发表演讲:

国阵领袖能不能在反贪方面讲到做到,推行六大考验:公布民选高官财产、公开招标、禁止家庭成员涉入政府合约、移除生活奢华的国阵领袖、保护真正的吹哨人、坦白交代政治献金?

国阵领袖能不能在反贪方面讲到做到,推行六大考验:公布民选高官财产、公开招标、禁止家庭成员涉入政府合约、移除生活奢华的国阵领袖、保护真正的吹哨人、坦白承认政治献金?

我国人民觉得吃惊,根据首相署部长拿督斯里纳斯里的国书面回答,总检察署办公室就沙巴商人谢天福为沙州首席部长拿督斯里慕沙阿曼在香港因企图走私价值4000万令吉的新币被扣留一案,无法查到任何贪污成份。纳斯里说,根据反贪委会调查显示,这笔钱乃是付给沙巴巫统的政治献金,而不是付给慕沙的金额,因此洗脱了慕沙贪污及洗黑钱的指控。

这笔政治献金高达4000万令吉,而不是4万令吉!反贪委会怎会如此轻易地放过慕沙或沙巴巫统?反贪委会应该要求沙巴巫统坦白交代这笔政治献金,为何沙巴巫统能够获得4000万令吉的捐献?沙巴巫统还将会接受多少未呈报的政治献金?

这让人质疑砂州首长丹斯里泰益玛目坐拥的超凡财富,据说他的家族财富价值上千亿令吉。日前他儿子玛目阿布贝基尔离婚诉讼案中,他的前妻也透露前夫至少有10亿令吉身家,并在全世界拥有110个个人银行户口。

另一个生活奢华的例子是马六甲州首长丹斯里莫哈末阿里鲁斯坦,他为儿子婚礼款待13万宾客,莫哈末阿里至今还未交代,是谁这么大方赞助这场婚礼?莫哈末阿里声称婚宴只需要60万令吉。

民主行动党提议六大反贪措施。第一、制度化领袖公开财产。槟州首长及全体行政议员已经公开财产,并由国际会计公司认可。如果槟州做得到,为什么首相及他的联邦内阁或砂州首长及其行政议员做不到?

第二、那么生活奢华、拥有豪华轿车、在国外拥有巨额存款户口的国阵领袖必须被除名。

第三、政治领袖家庭成员必须被禁止涉及政府合约,以避免另一宗2亿5000万令吉的国家养牛中心的“公寓养牛”丑闻。

第四、那些真正揭发贪污丑闻、最终让涉案人士被控的吹哨人必须获得正当的保护而不是被迫害。

第五、国阵必须交代清楚他们的政治献金,例如捐给沙巴巫统的4000万令吉政治献金。

最后,实行公开招标。没有公开招标,政府工程及合约直接颁发给朋党,导致公款损失,例如新街场空军基地被廉价出售。国阵如何解释砂、沙两州即将以3亿8600万令吉或每间670万令吉设立57间一个马来西亚商店?用670万令吉设立一家一个马来西亚商店来售卖像白糖、白米及盐,还是用来售卖像珠宝首饰、设计师手提袋的奢侈品?

在槟州,民联于2008年执政后,我们马上推行公开招标,结果州政府每年财政预算都有盈余,我们将省下的钱通过反贪红利的形式每年派回给人民。

除非当局采取措季,对付不健康的作业方式,否则,马来西亚国际透明贪污印象指数不只将继续下跌,而且我们可以因此破产。我国的贪污印象指数从2003年第37名滑落至2012年第60名,马来西亚国际透明副主席莫哈末阿里甚至说,我国的贪污印象指数持续下跌,这是因为那些导致“大宗贪污案”的“国家因素”还存在。

就连房屋及地方政府部长拿督曹智雄也承认,我国因贪污每年损失了260亿令吉。更糟的是,华盛顿全球金融廉正报告也指出,2000年至2009年间,秘密带出马来西亚的黑钱高达1兆770亿令吉。为了少数几个家族的利益,马来西亚及砂州人民还有多少可以损失?

林冠英

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