MALAYSIA’S FINANCIAL SCANDALS: MEMORY JOLT FOR FORGETFUL POLITICIANS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 15 July 2019

George Orwell once said:

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

Those who are in power today can try to rewrite the past but they won’t succeed, not when almost all of history has been digitised already. We are made to believe by the new history changers that the 1MDB scandal has been the only financial scandal in Malaysian history and the previous Prime Minister is the first kleptocrat our country has ever had. The former Leader of the Opposition, perhaps thankful that his son’s corruption charges were dropped and further rewarded with a Finance Minister’s post, is now quick to say that he never said that Mahathir was ever corrupt. Let us remind him of the financial scandals in the Mahathir era and what he said about them…

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RULE OF LAW MUST APPLY TO ALL FINANCIAL SCANDALS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 16 May 2018

It is gratifying to see the speed in which the 1MDB probe is being conducted and the pledge by the new Prime Minister that the rule of law will be the new mantra and will apply to all and sundry.

Even before this historical denouement, the two political coalitions in the country had been forced through their grandstanding to call for Royal Commissions of Inquiry (RCIs) into three of the worst financial scandals in recent Malaysian history. Pakatan Harapan had of course been calling for an RCI into the most recent 1MDB scandal that has made international headlines. That has already been overtaken by the alacrity of the new administration to bring those responsible to book.

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