Friday, March 30, 2012

Pointing Fingers

The fingers are pointing at former police chief Musa Hasan and attorney general Abdul Gani Patail who are alleged to be colluding with criminals in what has come to be known as the 'Copgate' scandal. This is a threat to national security, says PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar. And the accusing voices have become more strident.

The latest to get into the fray is Robert Phang, the philanthropist turned social activist. He said the reports made by former CCID director Ramli Yusuff against Musa and Gani “that have now come into the public domain” must be investigated by the police without fear or favor.

For those in the dark, former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department head Ramli Yusuf had claimed that in 2007, Gani had 'fixed' him for taking action against an underworld leader, Goh Cheng Poh (or nicknamed 'Tengku Goh'). This followed an earlier exposure by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin who published statutory declarations from police whistleblowers who pointed to the involvement of Musa with underground criminals. Ramli had said the CCID's action based on the complaints was interrupted by Gani who used the then Anti-Corruption Agency to take over the case. Armed with ACA's documents, whistleblowers in the police force whose information led to Goh's arrest were hunted down.

Last week, a proposed tribunal which Ramli had agreed to testify in had been shot down by Prime Minister Najib Razak, and many speculated that Gani himself had advised the former to arrive at such a decision.

I agree with Phang. “The integrity of AG Abdul Gani Patail impacts on the whole system of justice in this country”.

Gani is becoming bold. Najib is in denial. And Malaysia is swimming towards troubled waters.

On Wednesday, there was the Joint Area G3-G4 International Speech & Table Topics Contests at the Women’s Institute of Management in KL’s Taman Tun Dr Ismail. I can say it was a resounding success because the room was bursting with people. All eighty of them. I also know they enjoyed the speeches immensely because I enjoyed them! I was impressed by the incredible speeches. As Area Governor for G3, I am proud of the contestants who come from Monash, HELP, Money & You and MidValley Toastmasters Clubs. Everyone was awesome, whether speakers, role players or members of the audience! Now on to the Division G International Speech & Table Topics Contests on April 14, 2012.

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