Thursday, June 24, 2010
I’m an optimist. I believe that statements like “Altantuya Knew Najib” or “Saiful Sodomise by 65 Year Old Anwar Ibrahim” can be evaluated and decided pretty much true or false. The conclusion can be a little more nuanced, but the important thing is that there’s a definitive conclusion.
And even crazier, I believe that if in Malaysia there was a fair and accurate system for determining which of these things were lies, people would stop repeating the lies. I would certainly try to. No matter how much I wanted to believe “Musa Aman Worth US 3 Billion” or “ Najib is Making His Move On Musa Aman” or ‘Musa Aman The Longest Servicing Chief Minister in Sabah”, if a fair system had decided against it, I would stop.
I believe the truth is more important than particular political goals. I want to know that when I make claims, I’m not speaking out of political distortion but out of honest truth. And at the same-time I too want to be able to evaluate the claims of others.
There must be a system and here in my blog I want such a system to work.
First, some ground rules. Everything is open. Anyone can submit anything, and all the records are put on this public website and readers will evaluate.
I shall start of by saying that there seem to be selective prosecution of Musa Aman’s Timber Cronies By Najib’s MACC.
Hear this, the rumour mill sprang into full operation again last week. Speculation abounded about whether Micheal Chai of Sandakan, the timber tycoon linked to Musa Aman, had been raided by MACC again, and whether he had been taken in for questioning again to Putrajaya after being detained and released earlier last month.
The raid was alleged to have been linked to the MACC’s investigation of alleged money laundering and the smuggling of 16 million cash out from Hong Kong International Airport and also to do with Yayasan Sabah’s Timber Concession areas covering close to 1 million hectares. In fact I have written extensively on this.
Micheal Chai was indeed taken in for questioning soon after.
Claims that even Musa Aman had been contacted by MACC and asked to step down as Chief Minister. It seems potentially damning information from the ICAC Hong Kong had come in, and that information would harm UMNO and premier Najib Tun Razak, had surfaced against him. This was of course strongly denied by Musa Aman’s aides. I was even told by Musa Aman’s timber associates that there was never any interaction between the chief minister and the MACC.
Then according to an SMS circulated this week, MACC had confiscated from timber cronies associated with Musa Aman close to 45-million in cash, passports, IDs and other documents, as well as a laptop containing details about all bank accounts in Hong Kong, timber sales to Japan, shipping documents, including instructions to heads of department in Yayasan Sabah about who may be awarded timber extracting tenders.
Claims that could not be officially confirmed included that a warrant of arrest was issued for Micheal Chai by a Putrajaya magistrate last week; that MACC had arrived at Sandakan to arrest Micheal Chai, but had left without doing so; that Micheal Chai was taken in for questioning that lasted more than 3 days, after last Friday’s raid; and that he was to be rearrested again and brought back to Putrajaya MACC office; and that senior lawyer Richard Barnes Ex Sabah state footballer, released and back in KK.
Every Rumour has its foundation in truth, it is simply there because our main media is inadequate in satisfying the curiosity of the people over information, when people expect things to happen and it has not happened, they have every right to speculate why it is has not happened, when there is no explanation for that, they turn to rumour market for answer. Simple. Malaysians are same everywhere, they love RUMOURS. It’s so because in Malaysia, the impotent Media appear sterile and the potent Internet appear fertile.
Everywhere I go for coffee in Kota Kinabalu, from ‘Salim’ in Lintas to ‘Kuan Ah’ in Foh Sang to Tanjung Aru to Putatan, even in Tuaran, people keep asking “What’s happening to Musa?” or “Why Musa Punya Machai Semua Kena Tangkap?” The recent rearrest of Michael Chai and three others last Friday in Sandakan by MACC is creating even much more uncertainty in the state capital Kota Kinabalu. The rumors are swirling that Musa will be out sooner than later because Najib wants him out.
Then there is this story about this women and Musa Aman, but I never heard them. The first I heard of them was in Sandakan, yesterday. Onn Ariffin is talking this up, but he isn’t the most reliable source…however when Raja Petra in London has info and predicts this will be a scoop I listen.
The woman Rosmawati, a Senior Group Manager for Yayasan Sabah, stated of as a secretary and got promoted to such a senior position all within 5 years after knowing Musa aman. And then, suddenly, Rosmawati is relocated to KK from Sandakan to become Senior Group General Manager. And it makes no sense that she’s doing her supposed “job,” for which she seems unqualified anyway. It’s unclear how she could possibly do this job at all, never mind from Sandakan. And she’s been there for at least 3 years as a small time secretary. Now 33, she vigorously denies the vicious and unsubstantiated gossip.
And some Yayasan Sabah insiders suggested that she was the victim of an 11th-hour attempt to smear Musa Aman from become an UMNO Supreme Council Member during the last UMNO AGM.
But now the rumours have resurfaced, suggesting that they may be coming from elements in the UMNO Sabah.
Having now spoken to someone tracking this Romawati story, I can say for sure:
1) It’s not just a silly little rumor.
2) It will break in some form shortly..
Just remember…this is only a rumor until the media get off their behinds and actually investigate this. I heard another rumor that they plan on doing that the day after hell freezes over. I am not claiming this rumor to be true, only offering certain facts that raise serious questions I believe any unbiased media has the obligation to investigate. If only an unbiased media existed. Remember how the media played catch-up with the blogs, Malaysia Today on the Pak Lah’s affair with Jean his sister-in-law? Remember? It will be fun to see them repeat their mistakes if this pans out.
at 5:14 PM