Call on Mahathir to declare the outcome of three years of police and ACA   investigations as to whether Anwar is a CIA agent and to state whether the United States is the country he meant in his Merdeka Day message as the country out to "recolonize" Malaysia


Speech at a PAS "Perpaduan Negara" ceramah
by Lim Kit Siang 

(Ipoh, Sunday): One of the charges laid against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after  he was sacked as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister as well as UMNO member almost three years ago was that he was an CIA agent.

The charge was first made in the book entitled "50 Reasons why Anwar cannot become Prime Minister" in June 1998,  which made a whole host of defamatory allegations  against the then  Deputy Prime Minister including that Anwar was a CIA agent and a traitor to the nation.

This was implied in the police affidavits which were produced in court in connection with the  continued detention of Datuk S. Nallakaruppan on 3rd September 1998 which made wild and lurid allegations against Anwar when the former Deputy Prime Minister decided to fight his sackings - including the allegation that Anwar received RM60 million from Nallakaruppan and which had never been heard of since.

The allegation that Anwar was a CIA agent seemed to take concrete form at the end of October last year  when just before Parliament was dissolved for the tenth national general elections, former Bank Negara assistant governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid made and publicised a statutory declaration  accusing Anwar  of having amassed a fortune of RM3 billion while in government through over 20 "Master Accounts".

Murad said that he was involved in the pay-out of RM38 million (USD 10 million) between 1992 and 1997 to the American-based organisation called Asia Pacific Policy Centre (APPC) headed by Douglas H. Paal, who was former Senior Director from Asian Affairs (1989 to 1993) of the National Security Council (NSC)  of the United States.

On the basis of Muradís statutory declaration, UMNO MPs exploited parliamentary immunity to openly accuse in Parliament that  Anwar was a CIA agent on the basis that the APPC was a CIA outfit and  Douglas Paal a CIA agent - although they seemed to miss the irony that they were in fact suggesting that the CIA was an agent of Anwar. This was because according to Murad, it was Anwar who was paying APPC and Douglas Paal when it should be the other way round if Anwar was a CIA agent.

Malaysians can remember their incredulity that although Murad had not produced a single shred of evidence to substantiate his very serious allegations, the  Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) immediately  announced a special investigation  team and the ACA director-general Datuk Ahmad Zaki Hussin said that almost every paragraph of Muradís seven-page 20-paragraph statutory declaration contained some information on corruption or corruption practices, implying that Anwar could be preferred  with scores or  even hundreds of  charges of corruption.

After the general election on Nov. 29 last year, the ACAís special investigation team against Anwar based on Muradís allegations and Zakiís forecast that every paragraph of Muradís statutory declaration contained some information on corruption disappeared, both in sight and sound.

Yesterday, former United States Ambassador to Malaysia manning the embassy during the height of the Anwar crisis, John R Malott  in a write up in Malaysiakini entitled "Anwar was never an American spy", told his "first personal, Ďinsiderí story":

John Mallot wrote:

Let this "very senior official in the Malaysian government" whom John Mallot referred to, and "who is still in a very high position in the Malaysian government today" come forward to confirm or deny this account by the former US Ambassador.

I also call  on Mahathir to declare the outcome of three years of police and ACA   investigations as to whether Anwar is a CIA agent. If after three years of intensive investigations, the authorities still come out with a blank, all those who had alleged in one form or another that Anwar was a CIA agent should have the humility and decency to publicly apologise for their calumny. The Barisan Nasional should not only clear Anwarís name and publicly bury the allegation that Anwar was a CIA agent, Parliamentary records should also be corrected as Parliament had been used before dissolution by irresponsible UMNO MPs to accuse Anwar as a CIA agent.

In this connection, Mahathir should also state whether the United States is the country he meant in his Merdeka Day message as the country out to "recolonize" Malaysia.

In his 43rd Merdeka Day message on Wednesday, Mahathir accused  "foreign powers" of the design of "divide and rule" in Malaysia and  trying  to "recolonise" the country.

DAP pledges full backing to Mahathir and the Barisan Nasional government if he can produce evidence to prove his accusation of "foreign powers" bent on "recolonising" Malaysia - and I believe I can also speak for Barisan Alternative  and the people of Malaysia in this regard.

However, Malaysians must know  who is the enemy and  where is the enemy  if the DAP, the Barisan Alternative as well as Malaysians are to rally behind Mahathir and the Barisan Nasional government to fight off the designs of the "foreign powers"  out to subjugate and recolonise Malaysia.

Mahathir should  name these "foreign powers"  which are trying to enslave Malaysia. Is he referring to the United States of America, where he is now visiting?

If Mahathir is unable to name names, then it is time he  drop all talk about "foreign powers" out to enslave and recolonise Malaysia as a ploy to distract attention from pressing national problems and issues in the country, which are mostly of his own creation and which cry out for urgent resolution.
 

(3/9/2000)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman