Out of the Window…

Someone mentioned this phrase to me today: “masuk pintu besar, keluar tingkap kecil” (lit: in through big door, out through small window). It is something that I found quite catchy in Malay, and rather funny too, even though it may be highly inappropriate to make a joke out of the tragic death of a young man. However, how else are we going to cope with the irony of the situation. You see, according to TheStar today, new documents have surfaced that are directly tied to the reason Teoh was at the MACC in the first place. According to the article, these documents that were posted on a blog purport to be evidence that DAP assemblymen were siphoning money out of the coffers into dummy companies.

The DAP (not the PAS or PKR) has been stealing the rakyat’s money in Selangor. They have been doing this without the knowledge of the other Pakatan partners like PKR and PAS. They have cheated not only the rakyat but also their own Pakatan partners from enjoying some of the stolen money.

This is actually not corruption. Corruption means you get money illegally from someone else. In the UMNO style, someone gets a project. Then they pay through a runner 10% or 20%, usually in cash inside a bag. Very simple and also quite smart.

But the DAP are quite stupid. They set up their own dummy companies, create fake invoice, fake projects and then take the money out. This is stealing, not corruption. But because they abuse their power it is also involving corruption. In the process they leave behind a very long trail of documents and evidence.

Okay, let us assume for a moment that the documents are what they claim to be. Am I really surprised by this – not really. I have always said that there is no such thing as an honest politician. If these documents were true, then the list of potential people involved in the case of Teoh’s sudden death, has just suddenly lengthened to include a list of his former comrades. Of course, these documents could also have nothing at all to do with his death and is just a false flag planted by people from the other side.

However, regardless of the truth of these allegations, I still think that real men with balls would take responsibility for his death, even if they were not the ones who caused it directly. If anyone dies under the watch of the MACC, the MACC needs to be held responsible for it. If nobody is the culprit, then the leaders should grow a pair and take the responsibility for not doing their job in protecting the lives of citizens. You see, if someone goes in through the front door and comes out through the back window, something is very wrong.

Nobody should fear visiting the MACC if it is going to succeed as a investigative body with teeth.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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