Thursday, August 27, 2009

PM should understand why the people are pointing fingers at MACC?

Yesterday, the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib said that MACC should not be dragged into political games. He said that doing so would create a negative perception among the public about its integrity and credibility.
He also said that the MACC's credibility must be intact and it must be allowed to carry out its role in fighting graft so the country could be administered efficiently and effectively. The Star also reported that when referring to Teoh Beng Hock's death, Najib had said "the government has confidence in the MACC and we should not make negative judgment based on one unfortunate incident".

DAP totally agrees with the Prime Minister that MACC must not be dragged into political games and that its credibility must be intact for it to be effective in combating corruption.

It cannot be denied that the MACC's image has taken a nose dive after Teoh Beng Hock's mysterious death. But even before this unfortunate incident, MACC's image has also been affected due to its failure to act professionally in combating corruption.

Over the last few months, as said many times by DAP parliamentary leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang, MACC has been seen in playing to the tune of Barisan Nasional's "political games". MACC can deny this but public have their own eyes and they can see MACC's harassment against Pakatan Rakyat government and elected reps.

So who has created the negative perception against MACC? It is the MACC itself. MACC should also ask itself why it has attracted nationwide criticisms after Beng Hock's mysterious death.

It is no exaggeration to say that till today, there is still very strong public disbelief and anger that a star witness under the custody of MACC could have plunged to a mysterious death.

MACC's immediate reactions and explanations about the incident have not convinced anyone, but have instead helped strengthen public doubt about MACC's professionalism .

For instance, how could anyone accept the explanation that Beng Hock was released at 3.45 am on July 16 th but had chosen to sleep at MACC office without even first making a phone call home? Surely if his phone was confiscated, he could have been allowed to use the MACC office phone .

Why would not the public feel angry when Beng Hock as a witness who therefore was entitled to have his lawyer present during statement recording by MACC officer was denied such right?

Hence, if Najib wants to help MACC to regain its credibility, he must understand why there has been wide spread criticisms against MACC. Instead of pointing fingers at others for dragging MACC into political games, he should understand and accept the reasons why public are pointing their fingers at MACC

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