Sunday, February 14, 2016

Husam appeals to rulers to engage anti-graft agency on probe into 1MDB

Former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa has appealed to the Council of Rulers to save the country from corrupt leaders by requesting the national anti-graft agency to present to the council their probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He suggested that they formed a panel to decide if there was a prima facie case as a result of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) investigations. The Salor assemblyman said this was necessary as all the country's institutions – from the Parliament to MACC to Bank Negara and attorney-general – have either been defeated or tamed. "The last investigation papers by MACC were thrown in the bin. "So which other institution can stand up to save the country? "Or is it too late, just because one leader defies the law?" he asked in a Facebook posting. Husam said the last hope lay with the Council of Rulers and the sultans. "Can they reignite our hopes by calling MACC to pass the information in the investigation papers on 1MDB to them? "And they could then form a panel to decide if there is a prima facie case based on the probe. "If this happens, it will show that the rulers are the people's last hope to return the country to the right path," he wrote. Last month, A-G Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali decided not to frame charges against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the MACC probe into the RM2.6 billion donation issue and SRC International Sdn Bhd due to "insufficient evidence". Apandi also ordered MACC to close its investigations into the two issues. But pressure has been mounting on the anti-graft body to make public its findings and recommendations, while its oversight panels have advised it to continue engaging the A-G. Last week, former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had also pleaded with the Conference of Rulers to order various agencies investigating 1MDB to report to them on the outcome of their probe. "Ahead of the Conference of Rulers' meeting that will be held on February 17 and 18, with all due respect, I plead to your highnesses to summon the attorney-general, Bank Negara Malaysia governor, inspector-general of police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief, auditor-general and Public Account Committee (PAC)... to report, in a transparent and truthful manner, the outcome of their investigations into 1MDB, without protecting any parties," Mukhriz had said. He said if such effort could not materialise, the Conference of Rulers should consider setting up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into 1MDB to get to the bottom of the issue. – February 14, 2016.]]>

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