ACA should not fail its own standard of new transparency and announce outcome or status report of its investigations into the 1999 corruption report lodged by Anwar Ibrahim on Rafidah Aziz
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Monday): International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz was reported as having warned opposition leaders that she would sue them if they slander her “to their whims” (Bernama), which she is clearly entitled to do.
I for one do not believe in slandering Rafidah or any Cabinet Minister, but I do maintain that the government, in particular the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), owe the Malaysian public the duty of transparency and a satisfactory accounting of investigations into high-profile cases concerning corruption and abuses of power. This is particularly pertinent now that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim has admitted to at least another 18 high-profile corruption cases, including reaching Cabinet Minister level. (Mingguan Malaysia)
For instance, the Malaysian
public are entitled to know the outcome of the first police report against
corruption in high places lodged by former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Anwar Ibrahim on July 9, 1999, which alleged interference of justice by
the then Prime Minister and the former Attorney General Tan Sri Mohtar
Abdullah in shielding Rafidah Aziz from being prosecuted in court on five
So far, the ACA has not revealed the outcome of its investigations into Anwar’s report on Rafidah. Had the ACA questioned or informed Anwar about the outcome of his police report on Rafidah Aziz, as the ACA had announced a new policy of transparency in July last year to be more responsive towards public demand for information about its investigations, including keeping all complainants informed on the status of investigations as well as issuing statements about cases under investigations which are of public interest.
In August 2002, Keadilan Youth chief Mohd Ezam Mohd Noor was convicted and sentenced to two years jail by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court for committing an offence under the Officials Secrets Act (OSA), viz. for exposing secret documents of corruption investigations, including one pertaining to Rafidah Aziz – the very same document referred to by Anwar in his police report.
Ezam’s conviction under the Official Secrets Act could only mean the truth and veracity of the allegations by Anwar in his police report on Rafidah Aziz – and if this is the case, what is the outcome of the ACA investigations into Anwar’s report?
The ACA should not fail its own standard of new transparency and should announce the outcome or status report of its investigations into the 1999 corruption report lodged by Anwar on Rafidah Aziz.
Incidentally, why has Rafidah not taken any action to sue Anwar in the past five years for defamation for his police report against her in July 1999?
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman