A former Bank Negara top official has made an open allegation against
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, an accusation of financial corruption, with
billions of ringgit (and US dollars too) involved.
For Barisan Nasional leaders and members, it was a prayer answered as
they badly needed an issue, particularly a grand design, to counter
attack allegations hurled at their top bosses by the Opposition.
The allegations by ex-Bank Negara Assistant Governor Abdul Murad
Khalid were quite harsh, even amounting to high treason. Most of
the local print media highlighted the basic fact that Anwar had
more than 20 “MasterAccounts” worth RM3 billion and that the
accounts were maintained by certain people for Anwar to draw
upon for his own political purposes.
Making the accusations in a statutory declaration, Murad alleged
that Anwar who is now a member of Parti Keadilan Nasional led by
his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was paid RM50 milllion from one
master account while the other recipients, which included a
United States-based agency, received sums ranging from RM1
million to RM38 million.
He disclosed that the agency, which received US$10 million
(RM38million), was one of Anwar's main vehicles to promote
his image in the United States and Europe. (No wonder the
westerners thought Anwar is a neo-liberal democrat,
instead of a Gucci religious fundamentalist)
Murad even claimed responsibility for arranging the US$10 million
contribution to the agency which was headed by a former senior
director of the U.S. National Security Council.
The other recipients included four Anwar-linked local organisations
which got a total of RM17 million, including a leading member of
Parti Keadilan, said to be one of the country’s Mr Clean.
But then, whatever Murad might have said, including stressing that
he made the declaration without anyone pressuring him, would not be
welcomed by the Opposition. The Perpetual Denial Syndrome (PDS)
among the Opposition parties can sometimes be quite sickening
because these are the same people that jumped, as high as their
imagination can go, when a lawyer merely suggested that Anwar
might had been poisoned.
Whatever it is, the issue is not so much whether Murad was telling
the truth or somebody forced him to do it. It is more on Anwar and
those people who were alleged by Murad to come up in the open to
prove what Murad said was not true.
At the same time, BN leaders – meaning the government – must justify
whatever claims Murad had made.
What the people want to know is the truth (which also means detailed
facts). Anyway, since Anwar and his friends, including the Islamic
fundamentalists, former socialists, Malay, Chinese and Indian
racialists and other assorted bunch of people, had been accusing
Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his cronies of corruption, it is only
fair that the people know what really happened all the while.
So, what is the difference between Anwar and Mahathir, and BN and the
Opposition, since the two sides were (maybe still are) involved with
corruption, money politics, graft and other nonsense.
Of course, those people whose religion is “Hate Mahathir” (they could
be Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, etc), may choose not to see,
hear and believe anything bad about Anwar. It is a pity really, because
Anwar was actually trained by his master, whom he called “father” a few
days before he was sacked from the Government and BN last year.
Anyway, the basic tenet of Hate Mahathir is simply “PDS”, when it comes
to Anwar’s turn to be exposed. In fact he was exposed by his allegedly
Whatever it is, the people are still poor and always in the dark. We
can talk till the end of world about this issue but the question will
always remain – How long are we going to let these leaders, both BN
and the Opposition – to screw up our lives with their sickening
rhetorics and empty promises?
Maybe we are stupid. But then most of us believe that the politicians
we elect are dumber than us. But then again, why did we ever vote for
them? And to think of it, most of us will continue to vote these same