Hornbill Unleashed

November 9, 2012

Infernal affairs

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Lim Sue Goan

The political arena of Malaysia has been staging its own version of “Infernal Affairs”. Not only Pakatan Rakyat leaders were shot by hidden cameras but family members of BN leaders have also become the targets.

In March last year, a man looked like a Pakatan Rakyat Member of Parliament was shot by a hidden camera when he was at a hotel and eventually, the sex video clip was spread online. In May this year, a sex video allegedly featuring PKR deputy president Azmin Ali was exposed by a pro-Umno blog.

Surprisingly, the PKR has also set up a surveillance team recently to probe the apartments of Datuk Seri Nedim Nazri Aziz, son of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. Some pictures showing Nedim using a black Hummer worth more than RM459,000 registered under the name of timber tycoon Michael Chia were taken by the team and made public by the PKR.

Why is Nazri’s son being targeted? I think that in addition to because Nazri is an Umno leader, another reason would be due to Nedim’s high profile attitude.

According to media reports, Nedim was alleged to have involved in a scuffle with a security guard after refusing to register when entering a condominium compound in March this year. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein recently pointed out when answering PKR MP’s question in the Dewan Rakyat that the police’s investigation report showed that Nedim was not involved as the scuffle was only between Nedim’s former bodyguard and the security guard, and the incident had been privately settled.

Stalking and taking pictures with hidden cameras have put political leaders and their families in extra alert and led them to act cautiously to avoid any weaknesses from falling into the hands of their opponents. It shows how intense the current political situation is.

Are hidden cameras and stalking an infringement of privacy? Would they promote political paparazzi culture? The people’s greatest concern is, was there a conflict of interest on Nazri’s part as the defacto law minister and his comments on investigations in Sabah Umno’s RM40 million political donation’s case?

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged the public not to be “so quick to pass judgment” while Sabah Umno Secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan also said that the RM40 million political donation received is still kept in the Sabah Umno’s account, adding that he Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong had also issued a formal letter in December 2011 to the accused Sabah Chief Minister, stating that the investigation had found no evidence of corruption element in the case.

If there is no corruption element involved in the case, Sabah Umno should immediately make the details public to eliminate the people’s doubts, including who the donor was, why the money was being brought into the country by a businessman and why Nazri and Michael Chia visited Dubai together if they were not friends.

The National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal involving Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and her family is a lesson. If the political donation controversy is not carefully handled, it might turn into another crisis.

The PKR is committed to attack the credibility of Umno. Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek was discovered to have received cash donations through a private bank account. Recently, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli also accused Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan of back room operation for the state’s logging industry. We cannot rule out the possibility that the PKR might continue to detonate more political bombs.

Umno is the backbone of the BN and it will put the BN in a precarious situation if Umno is being attacked. It might be the wishful thinking of alternative coalition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim


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