The MACC is playing pucks with the rakyat, part 2
The Third Force
Some hours after Malaysia Today ran the first part of this series last Friday, I was met by a person I have always regarded as a virtuoso of reason. This man – both scientist and philosopher – is someone I’ve seen peeling the veil off secrets even when information was thin on the ground.
The professor, who somehow knew that it was me who had written the article, picked a bone in the way I ended it. According to him, it didn’t make sense for me to say that Rohaizad told us all to “just fook off” after me having claimed that the MACC was seeking the sympathy vote.
Now, I respect the opinion of this good professor. And it is because of this that I have decided to run by you why I said what I said. This is, of course, with regards to what I think Rohaizad had more or less told us all to do; to fook off.
But did Rohaizad really tell us all to fook off?
Theoretically, he did.
“Rohaizad’s game of pretence goes a long way to show that the MACC has little regard for your free will and is more interested in boosting its credibility ratings”
Of late, conspiracy theorists have been hitting the high key on tyranny. They’re implying that the MACC is subordinate to oppressors from within government. According to them, the arrests of Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Ahmad Sazalee Abdul Khairy, former MACC advisor Tan Sri Rashpal Singh, and officer with the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, was proof that Prime Minister Najib Razak was on the warpath against the agency and democracy.
But when we talk about democracy, we’re not just talking about the running of Parliament or the attributes of government. We’re talking about every ounce of energy ancillary to the proper functioning of government, energy that keeps security in check and equity in balance. But more than that, we’re talking about a system driven by the free will of a people in pursuit of liberty and happiness.
The MACC is part to this system. It is the arm of government that investigates and prosecutes those who gain advantage from the system in a manner that is inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others. The agency hulks amidst a network of law enforcement channels that derive their energies from the free will of a people. The energies are then harnessed into preserving the peace and keeping the integrity of our nation as a democracy in check.
In a queer sense, we’re to the MACC what fuel is to your car; a determinant. Without fuel, your car will not run. And it’s supposed to work the same way with the MACC.
But by pretending, Rohazad and his superiors have proven that the agency couldn’t give a hoot of integrity and equity in governance. And on that note, Rohaizad told us all to ‘fook off’, because what matters to the MACC right now is not your free will, but its approval ratings.
Perhaps now you’d understand why it isn’t immediately apparent that Rohaizad had more or less told us to “just fook off.”
But an agency which does not serve to your free will for integrity and justice is a fugitive of democracy. And when you have a fugitive of democracy on your hands, the next big question to ask yourself is this; what is it that keeps the MACC running?
Politics of pretence, and a lot of sex
And it’s just that.
The politics of pretence being practiced by the MACC is threatening to collapse the system. And when the system collapses, so does democracy.
In part 1 (READ HERE), I talked about how people were already accusing the Prime Minister of playing cat and mouse with the MACC. The agency has turned into a bully and is now biting the tails and the fins off the government. It is driving negative perception against the established order by pretending that it is a victim of a conspiracy by Najib to silence his detractors.
And it is not too difficult to get people to believe this.
Just about everyone but the Pope is on 1MDB. Today, the MACC is seen to be a prison cell labelled “Residence of the Prime Minister.” The people are convinced that the agency has the straight dope on Najib. They’re impressed that for once, someone ‘stood up’ to the Prime Minister by swooping in on everything 1MDB and not to mention, the billion ringgit controversy.
Notwithstanding, the arrests I spoke of earlier did little to quash negative perception that was mounted against the Prime Minister. Seconded to the MACC from the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), Sazalee’s arrest followed that of Rashpal and Jessica, two persons who were utterly smitten with each other and with ambition.
“The highly promiscuous trio may have been complicit with one another and with treason. It is said that Jessica slept with Gani to obtain bits of information she kept Rashpal abreast of”
Jessica ran rumour mills chugging wild with details of her promiscuity. It is said that she used her celebrity and charm to lure former Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail into sleeping with her so that she could suck top secret information off him. It remains suspect that the two timing mother of three was complicit with the former AG to dispose of top secret information to Clare Rewcastle Brown of Sarawak Report.
Is it possible that the ‘bedtime stories’ Gani was said to have told her were whispered into Clare’s ears by Rashpal? A former member of the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB), Rashpal may have been privy to classified information by virtue of his associations with Jessica and his role as former advisor to the MACC.
But the MACC has come out strongly to defend Rashpal. And strange as it seems, so has Clare. According to a statement by Rohaizad, Rashpal had no access to information that pertained to ongoing investigations into 1MDB. Rohaizad pointed out that Rashpal’s tenure with the ACAB had expired on the 24th of February 2015.
Now, this struck me as curious.
Just four days later on the 28th of February 2015, Sarawak Report ran a heavily invidious article that gave 1MDB its worst press ever. According to the report, Penang born billionaire Low Thaek Jho was the moving spirit behind a joint venture agreement between 1MDB and PetroSaudi International. The editorial gave a fluffed analysis of PetroSaudi when it accused the Middle Eastern oil concern of fronting for Low in deals that were nowhere to be found in the book of virtues.
The report accompanied several others that pieced together crumbs of random emails and fabricated junk to churn out a cogent depiction of 1MDB and its ventures. It was said that Low had used PetroSaudi as a slingshot to funnel USD 700 million from the 1MDB-PetroSaudi joint venture company into his Saychelles based affair, Good Star Limited.
“This means that the money, which was stated as having been paid back to PetroSaudi as part of the joint venture agreement, was in fact signed over by Tarek Obaid to an entirely separate third party, Good Star Limited,” the report said.
And that’s just the ‘good part’.
The bad part of it is that the public bought into syllables that danced between bunk and fiction. Low was quickly made the prisoner at the end of the bar by a people demanding for justice and the Prime Minister’s resignation. And it still hasn’t occurred to the people that Sarawak Report has yet to adduce evidence that may so much as be seen to be plausible. Clare has yet to reveal the real McCoy despite the UK based editor’s demands that Najib come clean on his alleged complicity with Low and PetroSaudi.
“Sarawak Report accused PetroSaudi of fronting for Penang born billionaire Low Thaek Jho in shoddy business ventures. The accusation was crafted from crumbs of random emails and other documents, some of which were believed to have been forgeries.”
The article surfaced following a meeting that was said to have been held at the Fullerton Bay hotel in Singapore, during which both Clare and former PetroSaudi employee, Xavier Andre Justo, met UPP Holdings Limited CEO Tong Kooi Hong and The Edge Media Group CEO Ho Kay Tat.
In a confession that was made on the 26th of June 2015 at the Bangkok Remand Prison, Justo admitted to stealing 90GB worth of confidential information that included emails, documents and other material he thought would bring disrepute to PetroSaudi if leaked.
Following a failed attempt at extortion, Justo was met by Clare , who, according to a well placed source, told him that she shared a rapport with former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahaathir and jailed opposition leader Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
After preliminary talks and some months of wheeling and dealing, Clare poured optimism into Justo’s pursuit of financial security when she produced Kay Tat and Kooi Hong at the round table in Singapore. During the meeting, held on the 15th of February 2015, Justo was promised sugar and spice and all that was nice before he parted with data he had ripped off his colleague’s computers.
In his confession, Justo explained that the trio was only interested in data that concerned 1MDB transactions. According to him, he “couldn’t explain how the documents worked or what they meant,” meaning, the choice of data he had stolen was random and not premeditated.
“Clare, Kay Tat and Kooi Hong architected a media mudslinging campaign and were willing to do whatever that was necessary to topple the Prime Minister and government. But who funded them?”
In other words, Justo went into the meeting with a toolbox, but hadn’t a clue as to how the tools in the box worked or what they were meant for. In the meeting, Kooi Hong and Clare informed him that the material “would be used to attack the current Malaysian Government and the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.”
“They didn’t explain to me how they would do this, they just said that they wanted some original documents and emails to work around,” the confession read. According to Justo further, Clare had told him that ‘she would do the rest,’ implying that the entirety and coherence of the data was the least of her concerns.
Justo’s confession goes a long way to imply forgery on the part of Clare, Kooi Hong and Kay Tat in what may have been an effort by the trio to fill the gaps of coherence. And assuming this to be the case, Clare’s pursuit of conspiracy may well have stretched through the ingresses of the MACC. But more of that in part 3.
For the record, the graft busting agency was roped into a Special Task Force that was formed on the 6th of March 2015. The less than constitutional concern became the subject of ambiguity when it was discovered that the former AG had not sought Cabinet approval before he set it up. But that didn’t seem to deter Gani ; the task force got cracking and instituted a probe into the alleged mismanagement of 1MDB funds almost as soon as it was instituted.
To be continued…