Call on Cabinet tomorrow, in the absence of Ministers who have outstanding police reports lodged against them, to decide on Rais’ list of 21 inconclusive  high-profile CBT and other criminal cases

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Tuesday)When there is public disagreement between the Prime Minister and a senior Cabinet Minister about police inaction in their investigations into  high-profile criminal breach of trust (CBT) and other criminal cases, the rot in the system of justice has sunk to another depth.On Sunday, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dissociated himself from his Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim and said that  CBT investigations involving certain individuals or organisations were carried out irrespective of the positions of those suspected.  

Rais had castigated  enforcement authorities for not pursuing till the end CBT investigations into high-profile cases, as there seems to be a trend in the country for “high-profile” cases to end up with inconclusive results where nothing happened. 

Who is right  the Prime Minister or the Minister in the PM’s Office.  I believe if a national poll is conducted, Rais will win hands down. 

It is not a question of the people having “an unhealthy view” and the Prime Minister’s dragging in Karpal Singh will not change the nation-wide perception that there is a law for VIPs in government and another law for  the ordinary person in the street, where the former are allowed to get away with impunity with CBT, corruption or other criminal practices while the latter are punished or victimized with the most paltry or non-existent crimes. 

I believe it will be a rarity if there is any Malaysian, regardless of race, religion or party belief, who could not name a few cases of VIPs in  “high-profile” cases getting away scotfree without being arrested and prosecuted in court despite police reports against them and ensuing  investigations. 

The Cabinet meeting tomorrow should give Rais’ statement the most serious consideration.  It is just not good enough for Mahathir to end or dismiss the matter by saying that Rais  had not raised the matter with him. 

The Cabinet should go through the list of 21 inconclusive high-profile cases mentioned by Rais,  but Ministers who have outstanding police reports lodged against them, like the MCA President and  Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik  and the Minister for International trade and Industry, Datuk Paduka Rafidah Aziz, should absent themselves from this part of the Cabinet meeting as they have a personal “vested” interest. 

A post-Cabinet announcement should be made tomorrow as to the status of the 21 inconclusive high-profile cases listed by Rais, and the number and identity of Ministers who withdrew from the Cabinet discussion because they have outstanding police reports lodged against them. 

It will be both tragic and pathetic if Rais’ serious allegation of 21 “high-profile” cases which   had led to nowhere after investigations could not be discussed properly in the Cabinet because there are too many Ministers who have outstanding police reports and inconclusive police investigations themselves! 

Let the Cabinet announce tomorrow what has happened to the outstanding “high-profile” cases, including: 



*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman