Yesterday I blogged on Korupsi, Kerbau dan Konflik Kepentingan Kepala, highlighting three current cases of alleged corruption, two against UMNO members and one against PKR's Khalid Ibrahim, the MB of Selangor.
Khalid Ibrahim’s cerita lembu was reported by Malaysiakini in its news aticle Corruption report lodged against S'gor MB, …
… where of course Khalid Ibrahim repudiated the allegations by anti-graft watchdog Gerak, that organization once headed by Anwar’s former right hand man, Ezam. Hell hath no fury ...!
But today when I read a news article, again by Malaysiakini titled Cattle issue: S'gor MB had nothing to do with it, where PKR’s Bandar Tun Razak division chief Azman Abidin attempted to play the party hero ...
... by claiming full responsibility for the messy business of the 46 cattle slaughtered for Hari Raya Korban, which were paid for by Selangor State funds but benefitting the constituency of another state ...
... which coincidentally (and lamentably, a humongous 'conflict of interest' issue) happens to be Khalid Ibrahim's own federal constituency.
Azman loyally rejected the accusation that Khalid Ibrahim had issued a directive for the cattle distribution.
While I salute Azman’s brave act of shielding his boss from the allegation of corrupt practice, I cannot but help noticing in the two Malaysiakini news reports, both under the pen-name of Rahmah Ghazali, ...
... that there were at least a couple of discrepancies between what Khalid Ibrahim said and what his subordinate and supporter had stated ...
... that have now challenged the credibility of Khalid Ibrahim.
For ease of reference in my post I shall call the earlier Malaysiakini news article ‘A’ and the second one (today's) 'B'.
In news 'A', in response to Gerak’s allegation that it received documents (pertaining to the alleged corrupt misuse of Selangor State funds) from an individual working in the Selangor Industrial Corporation Sdn Bhd (SIC), which was involved in the lembu transaction, Khalid had retorted:
"SIC? I don't know about them. Why did SIC pay? Who insisted SIC to pay? I only know that PKNS organised the cattle to be distributed to Bandar Tun Razak."
Today his denial of any knowledge of SIC was unwittingly thrown overboard by his political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, as reported in news ‘B’.
Nik Nazmi acknowledged that SIC had paid the Agriculture Development Corporation (PKPS) for the cattle. SIC later sent out debit notes to the other six companies.
Well well well …
Now, in news ‘B’, PKR wannabe hero Azman had asserted that “the question of Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim issuing a directive for the cattle distribution does not rise at all".
But in news ‘A’, Khalid himself acknowledged he had 'guided' PKNS. He was quoted by Malaysiakini as stating:
"(But) we had sufficient cattle for Selangor and that is why when the associate company of PKNS wanted to donate more cows to the state, I suggested that they should instead donate the cattle to mosques in Cambodia or Bandar Tun Razak as I am the MP for the area.”
I think Khalid has brought this on his head by himself. Has he been so naïve or arrogant that he was't aware UMNO would be watching his every move?
Yesterday I was willing to give him a lot of leeway, by merely alluding he was skating on thin ice … but today, after Malaysiakini news ‘B’ and its inconsistencies with news ‘A’, .....?