KUALA LUMPUR: DAP leader Lim Kit Siang today put a damper on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s sense of satisfaction over Malaysia’s improvement in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking.
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“There’s nothing for Najib to crow about,” Lim said in a press statement today.
He was referring to a news report yesterday that quoted the Prime Minister as saying that although the improvement in the ranking was encouraging, “we must not rest on our laurels.”
Lim retorted that “Malaysia has yet to achieve any laurels on the anti-corruption front” under Najib’s leadership.
“For the sixth consecutive year, the Najib premiership has registered a lower CPI ranking than under the two previous prime ministers,” he said.
He gave the following chart to illustrate his point.
Referring to former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad’s criticism of Najib, Lim said: “No wonder Mahathir has always boasted that corruption is worse now than during his 22 years as prime minister.”
And then he took a swipe at Mahathir: “Of course, Mahathir has blissfully ignored another reality – that it was under his 22-year premiership that Malaysia started the slide and plunge into the morass of corruption. Under the first three prime ministers, corruption was never a major problem and was well under control.”
In an earlier press statement today, Lim continued his attack on Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for not keeping his promise to order an investigation within 24 hours of a police report against anyone alleged to have uttered a seditious statement or made an incendiary speech.
He pointed out that it had been more than a week since police reports were lodged against former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim for the alleged “hate speech” that she delivered at the recent Umno general assembly.
Lim said he would give Zahid 20 more days – or 480 hours – to order an investigation. At the end of the deadline, he said, he would seek a meeting with the Home Minister over the issue.
He said he confirmed yesterday that Mashitah had fabricated the story about a Chinese group burning the Quran “page by page in a prayer ritual”.
He said he, several DAP members and a PAS state assemblyman visited the scene of the alleged sacrilege yesterday and conducted interviews with the local people.
The members of Lim’s research team were his political secretary Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, MPs Zairil Khir Johari (Bukit Bendera), Steven Sim (Bukit Mertajam) and Vincent Wu (Assistant National Organising Secretary) and Kedah state assemblymen Tan Kok Yew (Derga), Teoh Boon Kok (Kota Darul Aman) and Mohd Nasir Mustafa (Kubang Rotan). Except for Mohd Nasir, who is from PAS, all the other lawmakers are DAP members.
The group went to the Taman Anggerik market food court in Alor Setar where the burning of the holy book allegedly took place.
“In our conversion with the stall holders and the people in the area, it was confirmed that Mashitah was guilty of a heinous hate speech,” he said.
“There was no such incident whatsoever and the result of our fact finding visit fully collaborated the statement issued by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir on November 24 that an incident in the area on November 20 concerned a mentally-ill Malay individual who had torn the Quran and who is being detained in the psychiatric ward.
“If Zahid is not happy with Mukhriz’s statement and the findings of our fact finding visit, I suggest he should personally make a visit to the Taman Anggerik market food court to find out the facts himself.”