Friday, January 23, 2009

Khalid Ibrahim's kerbau that won't go away

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’, .....?



  1. Aren't you being guilty of "Trial by Blog" which you like to criticise others of doing ?

  2. Textbook definition of Corruption is an "impairment of
    integrity, virtue or moral principle; depravity, decay, and/or an inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means, a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct, and/or an agency or influence
    that corrupts."[1]

    Khalid Ibrahim gave his approval for a Selangor State Agency to slaughter and donate the meat from 46 cattle to be given to the poor - it may have been better to be in Selangor, but it was given in Bandar Tun Razak, Khalid Ibrahim's Parliamentary constituency.

    Maybe not totally Lily White or Halal ?. Possibly.
    But is it corruption ?
    Piss Off. Stop bullshiting.

  3. A lot of bull over nothing.

    It shows the worthlessness of Khir Toyo who since his forced retirement has nothing better to do with his time and so needs to stir bullshit, something he's a pastmaster at!

  4. corruption also means "use of a position of trust for dishonest gain".

    But will Teresa Kok, ADUN for Kinrara be allowed to donate RM145,000 in terms of Chinese New Year gifts to the poor of (not Kinrara but) her federal constituency of Seputeh? She would defintely make political gains, that's for sure, ... but at the expense of Selangor-eans!

  5. donplaypuks, "over nothing"? - RM140K+ of public money?

    Shouldn't this use of state funds be at least investigated for propriety? Whether it's kosher or not is for the MACC to determine, based on evidence. Ta'ada grounds, we kick out - but what you are saying is basically that anything PKR does, there is no requirement to check.

    You guys are just as bad as the UMNO apparatchiks who think public funds is for UMNO use, and not to be questioned.

  6. If Teresa can round up the sponsors for a CNY charity event in Kinrara, why not ?

    My local MP (BN by the way) managed to induce a GLC-company to donate 30 units of superceded old model office PCs to our Resident's Association's to hold computer classes for Kids and Adults.
    Is it corruption ?
    I say he's doing his job !

  7. Theres Corrupt Practices that stare blindly at your face but you can't prove it in the court of law. Theres cases where the razor thin line between corrupt and noble intention blurred. And there are noble intentions made twisted to look like corruption and unfortunately fell within the ambit of corrupt definition of the law.

  8. Enough is enough for these Pakatan idiots especially from Keadilan.

    I suggesst all these idiots crawl back to rejoin UMNO.

    Was pro Pakatan before 8 March 2008 but now true blood Anti Pakatan Rakyat