Tuesday, August 4, 2015
When you can never satisfy the critics
Salleh Said Keruak
This is a classic case of you can never satisfy the critics. They will demand that you do what they want and when you submit to their demands they will still not be happy.
The Prime Minister’s critics alleged that Najib Tun Razak stole RM2.6 billion of 1MDB’s money and transferred it to his personal bank account. They then demanded to know whether this was true. When Najib ignored their demands they got angry.
The truth is whatever Najib would have said would never satisfy those asking for his explanation. So Najib allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the matter and get to the truth.
MACC then announced that the money was not from 1MDB but was from a donor. That was what they demanded to know and that was what MACC confirmed.
Now some want to know why it took so long to confirm that. Why could they have not confirmed that on the first day? Others want to know whether the donation came with strings attached because surely a donation that size would come with terms and conditions.
So what is the issue now? Should they not be happy that the money was not stolen from 1MDB as alleged? That is what they demanded to know and that was what MACC confirmed.
If Najib tells them that the donation did not come with strings attached would they believe him?