Susulan operasi besar-besaran Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di Sarawak, seorang pemimpin Umno bahagian mahu suruhanjaya itu menyiasat juga pembantu-pembantu kepada menteri parti itu.
Enggan namanya disebut, beliau memberitahu Malaysiakini terdapat setengah setiausaha politik dan setiausaha akhbar hidup melebihi kemampuan.
mereka dapat pendapatan untuk hidup mewah macam itu. Apa punca
pendapatan lain mereka,” katanya sambil membangkitkan soal habuan
selepas menyusun pertemuan pihak tertentu dengan majikan mereka.
“Mereka ada rumah besar, yang saya rasa mereka tak mampu beli dengan gaji diterima.”
Beliau malah menamakan beberapa pihak yang disyaki.
Sumber itu juga berkata pihak itu termasuk setiausaha-setiausaha di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM).
Prime Minister Najib Razak won a 'life-saving' but brief respite from his Umno party after unprecedented public fury at news that pilgrims fund Tabung Haji had been pressured into buying 1MDB land at grossly inflated prices.
Instead of making Najib account for the trail of 1MDB shenanigans,
Umno leaders chose to close an eye and insist there was 'no proof' of
wrongdoing. Perhaps the Umno supreme council had no choice but to save
face for their president. But their naivete if not sheer stupidity in
doing so only bolsters the public perception that Umno is a party led by
corrupt crooks out to steal the people's money, especially the
The shocking Tabung Haji deal has changed this equation. Malays are
now not spared from Umno theft. Who - if not Najib - authorized the sale
of Malay land to 1MDB at such a cheap price (reported to be RM64 per sq
ft before it was resold to Tabung Haji at more than RM2,000 per sq ft).
Malays have always been the worst victims of pilferage by the Umno
elite - they form the bulk of the poor people in the country despite 5
decades of affirmative action. But they chose to be duped by Umno's
brand of racial and religious politicking.
And now to make matters worse for Najib and those seen to be
complicit with his alleged wrongdoings, the international banks are
losing confidence in 1MDB. The banks are bailing out, they want their
So, what new excuses can Muhyiddin, Hishammudin, Shafie Apdal and
Najib's other sycophants offer to cover up for him and themselves. Can
they continue to play their two-faced game of speaking out against 1MDB
this week and the next week, profess 'full support' for Najib?
Tied at the umbilical cord
1MDB and Najib are tied together at the umbilical cord, Najib created
the sovereign fund. He is chairman of its highest governing committee -
the advisory panel. He is also Finance Minister and 1MDB comes under
the jurisdiction of his ministry. No major deal can go through without
Perhaps this is why Najib's chief critic Dr Mahathir Mohamad has
stayed cool. All is not what it seems in Umno. Undercurrents lurk in
this intrigue-filled party and these are dangerous for Najib and his
brash wife Rosmah Mansor, rather for his critics. Sooner
or later, when the timing is right, Najib will be dumped. Already Umno
warlords have shown him a glimpse of what he can expect when he is no
longer useful to them.
the peppering Najib received in the wake of the Tabung Haji scandal and
ahead of the Umno 69th anniversary is a real warning he should not
forget if he is wise. For that is the real scenario, not the
rent-a-crowd rally Sabah Umno organised to help him save face.
is something that was bound to happen as Najib now stands isolated over
the IMDB issue and it looks as if he has lost support of nearly all his
staunchest allies as more questions are hurled at him to which few
answers are forthcoming.
Najib seems to have painted himself into a corner with the 1MDB issue
of losing RM42 billion since its inception six years ago. This is the
hard earned money of tax payers and should rightfully go back to every
But what has become a problem has evolved into a major crisis with
the passing of months since the 1MDB issue was brought into the open by
whistleblowers (who are now being persecuted) to prove beyond doubt the
existence of cronyism and rampant and widespread corruption and other
Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) is questioning the
practice of the prime minister holding a dual portfolio as the finance
minister which dilutes the principle of check-and-balance within the
TI-M says it is just no longer viable from the point of view of
integrity, transparency and good governance to put such a portfolio with
the prime minister. The organization strongly urged the government to
discard this practice and appoint a separate and competent person.
Najib asked to resign
In the early stages of the 1MDB controversy Najib was asked to step
down from the portfolio of finance minister. But now there are growing
calls by Malaysia’s most powerful and influential persons that he
resigns as prime minister.
Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin has been increasing vocal and
critical of Najib and said last week that the government’s failure to
reply to the 1MDB issue was a key reason why BN lost the Permatang Pauh