Bersih 2.0 deputy chair Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari takes over from Maria
GE14 is more than just a barometer of electoral sentiment. Whoever wins, Malaysia will be a different country afterwards.
PETALING JAYA: Several civil society organisations today hailed the initiative by Swiss lawmakers to amend legislation on how to handle ill-gotten bank profits seized by authorities, amid the push for 104 million Swiss francs (RM400 million) linked to 1MDB to be returned to Malaysians.
Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel, who was in Bern for a meeting with the organisations and Swiss MPs yesterday, said an open debate in Parliament on the issue had never taken place.
“It is a shame that the Malaysian government has deliberately refused to acknowledge the illicit profits and financial flows related to 1MDB, leaving the Swiss Parliament to debate and vote on the 1MDB scandal,” she said in a joint statement today.
Global Bersih director Bala Chelliah meanwhile said Prime Minister Najib Razak should account for “the missing billions” if he wanted a fresh mandate from Malaysians.
Stop, thief!Malaysia’s PM is about to steal an election, American officials say he already stole millions from taxpayers
IN MOST countries a government that allowed $4.5bn to go missing from a state development agency would struggle to win re-election. If some $681m had appeared in the prime minister’s personal account around the same time, which he breezily explained away as a gift from an unnamed admirer, the task would be all the harder. An apparent cover-up, involving the dismissal of officials investigating or merely complaining about the scandal, might be the last straw for voters. But in Malaysian elections, alas, voters do not count for much. *READ MORE*
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