Saturday, August 22, 2009

Kit Siang asks MACC: Is Muhyiddin above the law? - Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 – The DAP’s Lim Kit Siang demanded to know today why the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) did not appear to have started a probe into allegations that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin abused his powers and used a military aircraft to attend an Umno party function.

It was reported last week by Bernama that a Royal Malaysian Air Force helicopter ferrying the deputy prime minister was forced to make an emergency landing in Sabah.

Bernama also reported that the helicopter was being used to transport Muhyiddin, who is also deputy Umno president, to attend party meetings there.

ollowing this, a PKR Youth delegation lodged a complaint with the anti-graft agency.

The DPM dismissed the allegations that he abused his power last week.

He said the complaint showed that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had run out of ideas to attack the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

But Lim pointed out today that former Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff had been charged for using a police aircraft to survey two plots of land in a flight that was not related to his official duties.

And despite the fact that Ramli was acquitted recently, an appeal has been filed by the prosecution.

“I want to ask the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) why it is practicing double standards as it has not even started investigations into the allegation that Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin had corruptly misused his position in having used RMAF Nuri helicopter to officiate Umno division meetings in Sabah last weekend totally unrelated to his official duties,” Lim said today.

PR parties in states in which they govern have come under severe pressure in recent months after numerous graft probes were launched.

PR leaders and Lim in particular have accused the MACC of being a tool of the BN in trying to destabilise and topple the governments held by the alliance of DAP, PKR and PAS.

So far the MACC has not charged any PR leader yet for corruption.

The MACC has also come under intense pressure following the controversial and mysterious death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

Teoh’s death is now the subject of a coroner’s inquest as he had died following hiours of questioning by MACC officers.

Lim’s statement today is designed to further entrench PR’s argument that MACC was bias.

“If Ramli is indicted for corruptly misusing a police Cessna Caravan aircraft for a purpose totally unrelated to his police duties, why is Muhyiddin spared for similarly misusing an RMAF Nuri helicopter for a purpose totally unrelated to his DPM or even Education Minister’s duties?

“Is there one law for the Umno Cabinet Ministers and another law for ordinary people, especially those whom the MACC’s masters in the Umno/Barisan Nasional government want to persecute and victimise?” said Lim.

No comments: