Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Why are they getting so desperate?
Salleh Said Keruak
Lim Kit Siang wants Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to head a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) that he wants set up to investigate alleged wrongdoings in 1MDB. That is similar to asking Dr Mahathir to head a RCI to investigate the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah or a RCI to investigate the Perwaja fiasco or the RM30 billion Forex scandal of 1992/1993.
Dr Mahathir is an interested party and interested parties cannot head any inquiry because this would tantamount to a conflict of interest. I am surprised that a veteran politician like Kit Siang does not care about conflict of interest. I am sure if it is proposed that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak heads the RCI Kit Siang would be the first to scream conflict of interest.
Dr Mahathir has also criticised Foreign Affairs Minister Anifah Aman for speaking in defence of the Prime Minister and the country. When Dr Mahathir was Prime Minister he would expect the same thing and if his Foreign Minister spoke against him or against the country he would immediately be shown the door.
Dr Mahathir seems to have the impression that the Prime Minister is shaming the nation when it is he who is washing dirty linen in public. Dr Mahathir wants 1MDB investigated but when that is done he is still not satisfied and cannot wait for the results of this investigation.
As I have said before, what is it that Dr Mahathir wants? Does he want the truth or does he want to oust the Prime Minister? And does he want to oust the Prime Minister because he cannot make Najib do what he wants and he wants Najib replaced with someone else who can be controlled and told what to do?