Latheefa should consider taking action on the following to avoid the risk of being labelled a Mother Teresa:
The practice of a person leaving the room while a deputy continues to chair the meeting to approve gov’t contracts to the family-owned companies of the former should be brought to court;
MACC has called for legislation to plug a loophole, apparently the “leaving the room syndrome”;
Who are they kidding?
It’s clear there’s strong circumstancial evidence on abuse of power, conflict of interest, criminal breach of trust, abettment and being party to illegalities and fraud, corruption and money laundering;
ACA and MACC also reportedly failed to do due diligence on gov’t contracts;
It cannot be said that gov’t contracts are not corruption “as they follow gov’t procedures”.
The question that arises is whether these procedures are fair.
Due diligence would show that many of these gov’t contracts are going for double, triple and even up to ten times what it should cost the tax payer. This is tantamount to money laundering.
The media reported, for example, that the one km link between KLIA2 and KLIA cost RM100m. MACC did not do diligence on this contract and hold those who plundered the public treasury accountable;
Then, we have the spectacle of companies collecting contracts and even being paid though the job was not done. Deja vu;
In Malaysia, they always mention procedures. In fact, these are kangkung procedures cooked up by loyar buruk in the kopi tiam.
In England, the court would look at procedural fairness.
In Malaysia, the court only looks at whether procedures had been followed. The court doesn’t care if the procedures are unfair.
How can these gov’t procedures be fair when contracts are going for anything from double and triple to even ten times what it should cost the tax payer? The money laundering angle comes in.
Also, there are numerous cases in Sarawak where politicians helped seize NCR land from the Orang Asal for plantation companies.
These politicians and plantation companies should be probed for corrupt and fraudulent practices, illegalities, abettment, abuse of power, conflict of interest and criminal breach of trust and money laundering.
All suspects should first be asked to declare their assets and that of their spouses and children. Then, the taxman should go after them before the MACC comes in.
Those living beyond their means should be hauled up by the taxman and MACC. They should be taxed when they declare their assets. Based on the declaration, the money laundering laws can be used against them.
Obviously, there’s also a need to control the MACC Narrative so that public confidence is maintained.