Will Mahathir be arrested before G13? Plea to Our Prime Minister Najib has everything to lose, but Mahathir has not
A Plea to Our Prime Minister: Uphold the Rule of Law and Respect the Dignity of Difference
I would like to quote from our Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s speech at the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly(September 27, 2010) which I personally regard as his pledge before the august world body:
“I have introduced a philosophy known as 1Malaysia . 1Malaysia is a vision that seeks renewal and rejuvenation to bring all our people together in a just and harmonious relationship. 1Malaysia calls for the acceptance of diversity as a source of greater unity. We seek to celebrate our multi-ethnic and multi-religious society for strategic strength and harmony.”
A Plea to Our Prime Minister: Uphold the Rule of Law and Respect the Dignity of Difference
There can be no 1Malaysia if we continue to divide and rule, if we do not respect the dignity of difference, if we do not respect and uphold the Rule of Law, if we do not practise good governance and defend civil society, if we persist with our racist discourse and permit irresponsible leaders to preach the politics of fear of the other and racism, and if we continue to hound and persecute the innocent. Let there, Mr Prime Minister, justice for all.
Philosopher Tariq Ramadan in his latest book, The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism, has this to say on this subject: “What the individual must acquire at the personal level–a sense of our shared dignity and human fraternity–communities and societies must organise through laws and regulations. Every individual must be treated equally before the law, without any discrimination as to sex, colour, religion, social status or anything else. This is as much a universal principle, as an ideal…This ideal in fact means that we must always adopt a critical approach to the way societies (and governments, if I may add) apply the law. The law is not an abstraction that applies to individuals who are socially ‘free’ and politically ‘neutral’: socio-economic relations, relations of power and domination and control of the symbol apparatus and the media are so many givens that influence the equal application of the law”.
So let the healing process begin. That requires our leaders to rise above concerns about political survival and think about the common Malaysian concern for peace, harmony and prosperity. Will you, Mr. Prime Minister, seize the moment or remain in your own comfort zone. A true leader must not be a populist in extremis because he must lead but in compliance with the Rule of Law as embodied in our sacred constitution.
In 1997, Anwar wanted to go after a senior minister, who had been colluding with local authorities to alienate land in Johor, Kedah, Langkawi and Sepang. Of course TUN MAHATHIR won’t have this happen to the then UMNO treasure Diam. In the 90s, the ACA and the AG opined that there was a case against Rafidah over the allocation of shares to her son-in-law. TUN MAHATHIR stopped the proposed prosecution. In the late 90s, the Director-General of the EPU was “caught” with a rather large bundle of cash in his office drawer by the ACA. Again, TUN MAHATHIR said “no” to the proposed prosecution.What would be different if the MACC had been in place at those times ?
It is often said that blood is thicker than water, but according to former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan, such philosophy does not apply when one is a police officer.
Back in 1998, Musa was then the deputy director of the Bukit Aman prosecution and legal department and investigation officer on the sodomy allegations against former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.
It was then when Musa claimed to have a brush with his younger politician brother Fuad, who had tried to persuade the former to side with Anwar… It all began a short while before Anwar’s sacking the decision was taken at the opening of a Police Mosque in Penang shortly before Anwar was arrested. I was told that Anwar was asked to compromise, as at that time he had launched a Jihad against nepotism, cronyism and corruption, and Mahathir was seriously worried, as Anwar had already denied funds to bail out Mahathir’s son in the 1967 crisis, it was a week before Merdeka 1997 if I am not mistaken.Sodomy 1, Sodomy 2, Altantuya, PKFZ etc. All the worms will crawl out of the woodworkMahathir is so fearful of losing. One can say his life depend on hanging on to power. The blame game will start once Mahathir is arrested. The first one to squeal will be Gani Petai followed by those in the police and MACC and senior public servants. You see, they would want to save their own skin and will plea bargain . Just watch when thing unfold. As the saying goes, every dog will have his day.Mat Zain, Any sane person devoid of any form of vested interest, actually are convinced of the true story. OK we might not be privy to some of the disclosures that you have made or alleged. Nonetheless, the truth is crystal clear except for the “non so blind, as he who would not see”. Allah works in the most peculiar ways. All the truth will come out sooner or later. HOWEVER if it is not to be in this life, Mahathir, Gani, Musa, Rodwan, Umi (or whoever), deep down inside, know, that a Day will come when they will be confronted with the truth, and that THEY WOULD HAVE TO JUSTIFY THEIR VERSION. I feel easy. I will wait for that day with ALL of them!
Malaysia’s current political uncertainty, including Saturday’s Bersih 3.0 protests, stems from former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s fall from power in 1998, alleged a former top cop.
All roads, according to ex-Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation department (CID) chief Mat Zain Ibrahim, led to the political spat between Anwar and his former boss, then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“It cannot be denied that the reformasi movement and the street protests that we have seen in Bersih 3.0, were born out of the sacking, arrest, criminal accusations and the imprisonment of Anwar in 1998,” he said in an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
He added that the tussle between Mahathir and Anwar, starting as early as 1994, which led to the latter’s sacking from Umno and the country’s No 2 post in 1998, resulted in today’s current political climate.
In fact, he said that issues of race, religion and royalty had no connection, as alleged by some, and had nothing to do with the battles between the two former leaders.
Hence, Mat Zain said that parties who blamed Anwar for all the political chaos since then did not want to do their research.
Two incidents in particular, he said, were to blame. These were the alleged faked DNA proof in Anwar’s first sodomy trial and the infamous “black-eye incident”.
In 1998, Anwar was assaulted by the then Inspector-General of Police Rahim Noor soon after he was arrested. Rahim then took full responsibility for the assault and resigned.
According to Mat Zain, the two occasions were part of a conspiracy brought about by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and former Bukit Aman (prosection and legal) assistant director Musa Hassan.
Musa would later go on to become Inspector-General of Police in 2006.
Situation went out of control
“Mahathir could have settled this spat [with Anwar] politically, but the situation went out of control…”
“I don’t think that Mahathir could have suspected how the situation could have developed as bad as we have seen during Bersih 3.0,” he said.
On Saturday, more than 80,000 people took to the streets to demand electoral reforms.
However, the rally turned ugly when protesters broke through the barricades and were subsequently set upon by the police.
More than four hours of street fighting followed, with 512 people arrested and scores (including journalists and policemen) injured; the effects of which may be felt in Malaysian politics for a long time.
Several analysts and newspapers have already deduced that Saturday’s events may further postpone the 13th general election to a later date; a recurring trend over the past two years.
Mat Zain alleged that Najib had proof that the evidence against Anwar had been fabricated as early as October 2008.
With this in mind, the former top cop said that the time had come for Najib to form a judicial tribunal to look into the alleged Gani-Musa conspiracy, and reveal the truth.
EX-MATTRESS CARRIER SPEAKS HIS MIND: THE NOOSE TIGHTENS
Former Police Chief Musa Hassan has described the move by his detractors and those making damning allegations about his links with the underworld as a concerted effort to tarnish his reputation.
Musa claimed that they went after him because he was the investigating officer in former Deputy Prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy I trial.
“There is a group of former Police officers who conspire together, and they are out to tarnish my reputation. This may be related to the Anwar (Sodomy I) case as I was the investigating officer.
“If my reputation is destroyed, Anwar can use that against me to claim that I framed him. I think this has some connection…”.
However, Musa, 60, stopped short of suggesting that the former Police officers making the allegations against him had ties with Anwar, only saying “maybe”.
Two retired senior Police officers, former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Chief Mat Zain Ibrahim and former Commercial Crime Investigations Department (CCID) Director Ramli Yusuf, have been vocal against Musa.
Both have called for a tribunal to be set up to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Musa and Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail.
It is often said that blood is thicker than water, but according to former Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan, such philosophy does not apply when one is a Police officer.
Back in 1998, Musa was then the Deputy director of the Bukit Aman prosecution and legal department and investigation officer on the sodomy allegations against former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
It was then when Musa (right) claimed to have a brush with his younger politician brother Fuad Hassan, who had tried to persuade the former to side with Anwar.
The irony of all this, according to Musa, was that Anwar had used his powers as DPM to appoint him as the investigating officer.
“I do not know why he (Anwar) chose me of all the officers, but my younger brother and then politician, Fuad, met me saying I should help Anwar.
“I told Fuad off that as a Police officer I have to remain neutral. I warned Fuad that should he interfere or get involved in the investigations, I would arrest him although he is my brother,” he said.
Fuad was formerly Hulu Klang state legislative assemblyperson and was once actively involved with Muslim youth group ABIM, which Anwar once led. Fuad is now Director-General of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa).
Daily progress reports
Musa is the eldest of three siblings. The third is television celebrity Jalaluddin of the ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ fame.
Anwar’s decision to appoint Musa as the investigation officer was mentioned in then former Special Branch director Mohamad Said Awang’s testimony during the trial.
According to Musa, Anwar (far right in photo) had sought daily progress reports, but he could not oblige the DPM.
“Anwar also wanted me to report to him every night on the investigations. I told Anwar that I only report to the (then) IGP (Rahim Noor).
“Anwar replied that he was the complainant and I told him the allegation was against him and that if he was not guilty, it would be alright. But what if the incident really happened?” he narrated.
Although conviction against Anwar’s in the first sodomy trial had been overturned by the Federal Court, Musa is nevertheless sticking to the claim that the former Deputy Premier was guilty as charged.
Change of dates
Musa also said the hiccups involving the dates of the alleged sodomy act was not his doing.
Alleged sodomy victim Azizan Abu Bakar, Anwar’s family driver, had initially claimed it took place in Tivoli Villa in Bangsar at a time when the building was found not yet completed.
The prosecution later hastily changed the date of the alleged sodomy act, one of the many controversies involving the trial. Defending the integrity of his investigations, Musa said that decision to change the dates at the beginning of the trial was made solely by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
“Azizan had lodged the report for some time… the investigation was complete, only he did not remember the exact date as it happened a long time ago… resulting in the prosecution failing to pinpoint the date.
“As to the changing of the date – that you have to ask the attorney-general’s side,” said Musa, who conceded that this had affected public perception on the trial.
In overturning Anwar’s conviction, the Federal Court noted that the prosecutors had submitted three different dates of the alleged sodomy act.
The infamous mattress
On other allegations – including those made by former Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation department chief Mat Zain Ibrahim – that Musa had took blood samples from Anwar in 1998 without his consent, the former police chief claimed he had done so legally.
Musa said he took action after Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, in an interview with BBC, claimed that her husband might be forcefully given an injection with the HIV virus while under custody.
The interview was done a day after the balaclava-clad police stormed Anwar’s house on Sept 20, 1998 and arrested the former deputy premier (right).
“When she made such allegations, I had to make a report as I was afraid the police force was being slandered. Under the law, the police or doctors could ask for blood samples to be tested.
“I took it to check for AIDS. It is not as though I cheated. All this was done according to procedure,” said Musa.
Sample also used for DNA testing
When pressed further, Musa admitted he also took Anwar’s blood sample for DNA testing.
“Yes, I did use the blood for DNA tests. I used it to test on the mattress. I have to conduct a full investigation as the allegations in the book ‘50 reasons why Anwar cannot be PM‘ was extensive as there was the affair at the Tivoli Villa and other allegations,” he said.
The display of the mattress in court became the focal point of critics who claimed that Anwar was being put through a sham trial. Evidence involving the mattress was later rejected by the court.
Allegations about how the blood and DNA samples were sourced was later revived by Mat Zain in a series of open letters as recent as last year and used by Anwar in a police report against Musa and Abdul Gani for alleged fabrication of evidence.
Controversial Doctor appointed by the A-G
Asked about the infamous ‘black-eye incident’, Musa revealed that medical witness who claimed that Anwar’s black eye could have been self-inflicted was appointed by the then attorney-general. The witness was Dr Abdul Rahman Yusof from Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
Musa said there were many police personel in Anwar’s lock-up cell when he was punched in the face, including Rahim and former Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department Head Ramli Yusuf.
“There is no intention to fabricate evidence as they (the A-G’s Chambers) can call their own experts,” claimed Musa.
A Royal Commission of Inquiry later concluded that it was Rahim who punched Anwar, causing the infamous bruise on the latter’s left eye which was used as the symbol for the reformasi movement and later incorporated into Parti Keadilan Nasional’s logo.
The Summing Up of the Rosli Dahlan Case: Issues of Justice and Integrity
by Din Merican
Finally the curtain is down on Musa Hassan. The most despised Inspector-General of Police (IGP) in the entire history of the Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) was so unceremoniously booted out. A man who had enjoyed so much power that he can inflict both physical and psychological harm on citizenry must now adapt himself to the realities of becoming a non-entity and face scorn of Malaysians. ”The evil that men do lives after them”(William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar), so let it be with Musa Hassan.
Source: Malaysiakini – Mariam Mokhtar (View expressed here is solely the opinion of the source. Please subscribe to Malaysiakini for more news)
The solution is simple: If Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak wants to create his own political tsunami, reverse the trend set by the federal opposition coalition, and earn the respect of the rakyat, he knows what he must do: arrest former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for alleged crimes against the Malaysian nation and for abuse of power.
An approaching tsunami may be preceded by a drastic drop in water levels. Many people died in the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 when they went to the beach to see the seabed which had been exposed by the retreating ocean. Experts claim that a receding sea would have given five minutes’ warning for people to get to safety.
Najib faces a discontented public and disarray in Umno, with divided loyalties and deception at the highest levels. Pakatan Rakyat and various NGOs have exposed alleged corruption involving many millions of ringgit, cases of injustice and the children of VVIPs and ministers receiving unfair business advantages. The exposed seabed before the arrival of the tsunami is a metaphor for all these problems.
Najib will have read the Merdeka Centre survey and seen that his approval rating had decreased, albeit by a miniscule amount, to 64 percent last month, but the decline in approval of his party is more worrying.
He would have recalled that in the 2008 general election, then premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had an approval rating of 72 percent, but at the time, BN enjoyed a stronger position than it currently does.
Najib has observed the receding respect of the rakyat for his administration and with the drop in popularity of his own party, he has effectively been given his ‘warning’ before the tsunami strikes.
To rescue his own party and redeem respect, Najib has to be courageous. By detaining Mahathir, he would achieve many things people thought him incapable of.
First, with the arrest, Najib would steal the thunder from the opposition and be able to claim the glory of bringing a much despised man to justice. People are tired of the farcical Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which catches the small fry rather than the big fish. Countries like Iceland, Ukraine, South Korea and Israel have tried former prime ministers.
Second, and perhaps this is for Najib’s own benefit, he would show the public and especially his detractors in Umno, that he is no shrinking violet.
It is an established fact that Najib hates controversies. When asked awkward questions during a press conference (PC) – he simply walks away; but governing is not just about PCs. Mahathir keeps his hands clean but with Umno losing ground, Mahathir’s undermining of Najib has escalated, because the Mahathir political dynasty must continue.
Most former prime ministers and presidents stay out of the limelight and are content to do charitable works or earn big bucks on the international lecture circuit. What does that say about our two surviving former PMs? One does not need the money, whilst the other has little to contribute.
Arresting Mahathir would be in the public interest and Najib should take this risk.
So we come the third point. Najib has always promoted the line of moderation but never, it appears, at home. Mahathir endorsed the extremist Perkasa, claimed that Bersih would topple the government, suggested that Bersih was a clash between Malays and non-Malays, and said that Chinese voters would be the deciding factor in GE13.
Najib should have publicly told Mahathir that his comments compromise national security, but he didn’t. Mahathir has gone from strength to strength, because Najib was too timid to confront him.
If Mahathir were arrested, it might silence all of Najib’s critics within Umno or force them into the shadows. They are vocal because they have Mahathir’s backing.
Then comes the fourth point. Over the past three decades, our judiciary, police and civil service have been compromised. Billions of ringgit in illicit funds have allegedly been spirited overseas. In addition, families are divided by the brain drain from Malaysia. Members of Najib’s cabinet and party still follow Mahathir’s divisive policies. Arresting Mahathir will show the people who the real boss is.
There is one final twist, which is Najib’s own insecurity. Najib entered politics at a tender age of 23 after less than two years at Petronas, following his graduation. He is a career politician. How can he empathise with the common man when he has not experienced life outside the corridors of Parliament and of power?
Despite saying that his administration does not practise populist policies, Najib has failed to see the negative public response to his various handouts such as the RM500 of Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia or deals for petty traders and taxi-drivers.
He has tried unconventional methods to gain acceptance – inviting people home to watch football, he’s done the hip-hop thing, gone on Facebook and taken a bus ride in Ipoh, albeit on a luxury coach.
Mahathir is chillingly ruthless, Najib is not. Both are hungry for power but Mahathir is not ashamed to humiliate Najib by undermining his rule.
Mahathir is adept at twisting the truth and is not afraid to take charge, to dominate and to control. Najib is too lazy and would prefer others to do his thinking and controlling for him, as long as he can enjoy the spoils. He should dismiss all his advisers, especially those responsible for the latest humiliating debacle over the Merdeka Day slogan.
Everything to lose
Najib assumed the reins of control at a time when people breathed a sigh of relief at Abdullah’s impotence. Mahathir does not have the self-control to manage his own personality and tends to force himself onto others.
How can Najib even carve out a political legacy for himself when he has promoted Isa Samad to head Felda? Even Mahathir had called Isa corrupt! Perhaps, surrounding himself with the tainted might make him look less tarnished.
As we approach GE13, Najib has no one left to ingratiate himself with.
Najib has everything to lose, but Mahathir has not. Now is the time for Najib to turn the tables on his adversary and arrest Mahathir. He must prove his mettle by riding out the tempest of any blackmail attempts. Mahathir’s arrest could also start a domino effect and plug the black hole called Petronas.
If he wishes, Najib could also organise a cull of the known Mahathirists in the judiciary, the police and the civil service.
The rakyat who are engrossed in the closing drama of the mighty Mahathir might even overlook some of Najib’s indiscretions. They won’t of course, but it would at least buy Najib more time.
Then, he might want to consider Abdul Taib Mahmud in Sarawak.
MARIAM MOKHTAR is a non-conformist traditionalist from Perak, a bucket chemist and an armchair eco-warrior. In ‘real-speak’, this translates into that she comes from Ipoh, values change but respects culture, is a petroleum chemist and also an environmental pollution-control scientist.