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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Practise what you preach, Pakatan Harapan and Warisan told

By Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan

Will the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission  close its files on Parti Warisan Sabah President Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal now that he is the purported Chief Minister of Sabah?

What will happen to the allegations and investigations launched against him for allegedly skimming funds meant for rural development during his tenure as the Minister of Rural and Regional Development between 2009 and 2015 ?

There needs to be a clear conclusion to the investigations by the MACC against Shafie who was arrested along with several other Warisan leaders and Barisan Nasional "traitors" last year.

Hopefully these files that were opened against Shafie or the likes of Datuk Peter Anthony, Jamawi Jaafar and Azis Jamman would not be shelved and left in the cold by the MACC with incriminating evidence they appeared to have collected.

The same goes for the swearing in of Lim Guan Eng as the Finance Minister ahead of his court apperance which has been postponed to the end of July.

Pakatan Harapan Chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said Lim would only be sworn in after his investigations are cleared and that the appointment of ministers must be done according to the rule of law.

By allowing the swearing in ceremony to happen on Monday, Mahathir is not practising what he preaches, which is to make sure all potential candidates for ministerial positions were eligible.

Lim was accused for buying a bungalow below the market value from a contractor who had sought an approval from the Penang Chief Minister to convert agricultural land for residential purposes.

If Mahathir wants a clean government, he should not allow such double standards.

He should also investigate if incentives, monetary or position wise were dangled to lure Barisan Nasional assemblymen to join Warisan, hence giving them the purported majority through party-hopping to form the government.

Only then is the Mahathir government Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah.

Perhaps also in view of the on-going court proceedings, in may be in the best interests of Sabah and Malaysians in Sabah for a joint ad. administration. This will avoid unpleasant consequences arising from the eventual court decision.

Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR)

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