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RM20 million logging corruption allegation against Adnan Yaakob to be raised in July parliament
 


Media Conference Statement
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after the end of the 240km trek by Li Sinís eight stalwart against corruption and lodging of police report at the Kuantan Police Station by Li Sin alleging RM20 million logging corruption allegation against Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakb
by Lim Kit Siang

(Kuantan, Thursday): Li Sin and seven others who constitute the eight-men stalwart trek from Kuala Lumpur, Karak to Kuantan to suppport the Yang diPertuan Agong and the Prime Minister in their calls for an all out war against corruption must be commended for being the first public spirited support against corruption. 

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi war against corruption will never take off seriously unless and until there is full public support for the campaign as we are beginning to see in the public demonstration against the crime wave in the country with more and more public protest to demand a crime-free society.

 

I hope the 240 km trek by Li Sin and his eight-men squad will open the way for greater support from the civil society and the Malaysian public to the Prime Minister in the war against corruption, as the Prime Minister will not be able to make much head way if his call to fight corruption remains a lonely one without full endorsement from his Cabinet, Government, Parliament and the people.

 

Abdullah has said in a recent interview with CNN Asia that nothing will please him more than to see an improvement in the international corruption index of the country. This must the aspiration of all Malaysians all down the line from the highest reaches of the government.

 

Unfortunately, a wrong message has been sent out by the Perak state Assembly yesterday when the Perak state government and Speaker rejected the DAP motion to support the Prime Ministerís campaign against corruption. This shows that there are many in government, whether at the national or state level who do not fully understand the Prime Ministerís campaign against corruption and pledge for a clean and incorruptible government.

 

Li Sin has made a very serious police report against the Pahang Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, alleging logging malpractices and abuses of power, raging from RM20 million to RM40 million and I urge the authority to take immediate and satisfactory action, fully accounting to the public and in keeping with the Prime Ministerís pledge for a clean and incorruptible government.

 

I will raise the serious logging corruption allegation against Adnan Yaakob in the July parliament.

(24/6/2004)


* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman