Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim (left) was not just pointing his finger at Prime Minister Najib Razak but he had come out to say that he didn’t believe that cabinet members were in the dark with regard to how funds from 1MDB were utilized for UMNO's benefit in GE13.
Zaid said Najib's cabinet colleagues should not pretend they didn’t know how money from the state investment fund helped them to ride to victory in the last general election.
"Why do you think Najib had frequent closed-door briefings with UMNO leaders on 1MDB?" Zaid queried in his blog, The Zaidgeist on Sunday.
"They (cabinet members) cannot feign surprise that Najib had so much cash, not when they gleefully accept his largesse from time to time, without asking any questions. "They have kissed his hands and failed to express any unhappiness with his generosity."
Zaid, writing in the same blog post (refer to blogpage http://www.zaid.my/current/a-hard-days-night/), said that the funds had been transferred to Najib's personal accounts so that he could personally dole out money to his party minions. He explained: "He wants those who have benefited from his 'generosity' to acknowledge his position as a leader who personally handed out money to his troops, which is why he needed the funds funnelled into his personal accounts.”
But Zaid added that what Najib had done – using money to buy loyalty – was nothing new, and that other UMNO leaders had done the same thing in the past.
Malaysia's election law stipulates that spending by candidates in elections be limited to RM100,000 for a state seat and RM200,000 for a parliamentary seat. About the only people keeping spending to these limits are the penniless opposition.
Fogging time at the Sunway campus on Monday morning reminds us that dengue still lurks dangerously. Certainly, dengue is still having an ominous presence in the country. In fact, the situation is deteriorating.
The cumulative cases of dengue reported from January to June 27 this year had shown an increase of 34%, or 56,533 cases compared to 42,229 cases in the corresponding period last year.
And a total of 162 deaths were recorded during the period this year – an increase of 97.6% from only 82 deaths last year.