In the midst of the Greek economic crisis, the public is starting to realise that real money can indeed reach billions and even trillions of dollars. With broadsheets recently discussing those figures in their international news, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) made a shocking revelation that left everyone dumbfounded.
WSJ alleged that nearly US$700 million (S$945 million) from state investment vehicle 1 Malaysia Development Bhn (1 MDB) had been transferred into Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s account. This is against the backdrop that the 1MDB is RM$42billion in the red
US$700 million into Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s account
(Picture by Malaysiakini)
The Prime Minister promptly denied taking any money from 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain.
“I did not betray the people. I will find ways to uphold the truth. Be calm, the truth will prevail” Mr Najib said in his latest statement.
Surely WSJ must have some serious evidence to back up their allegation. The magnitude of such an accusation is epic. With a minimum wage of RM$900, Malaysians will run riot if the allegations are true.
Conspiracy theorists were quick to speculate that the WSJ report was part of an international plot to topple Malaysia’s current government and destabilise the country further.
Closer to home, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have also received similar allegations.
Roy Ngerng, a blogger and a human right activist accused Mr Lee of stealing money from the peoples CPF – a social welfare fund. Mr Roy had uploaded articles and a video of him explaining how Mr Lee was taking the money from average Singaporeans and compared his heist to the City Harvest Church incident, where the pastor misappropriated the donations received for the church to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Singaporeans were quick to voice their concerns and there was a collective call to be more transparent with the CPF.
Mr Lee took matter into his own hands and stemmed the ridiculous and damaging accusations quickly. He went on to explain the CPF clearly on national TV and broadsheets. He even sent all his ministers to the ground to answer questions that Singaporeans may have about the CPF face-to-face.
A leader should never have their integrity questioned. Especially if it involves corruption
Within a week, Mr Roy was sued for defamation in which the court eventually found him guilty.
The public called the PM a bully and exclaimed the suppression of free speech. The hearing dragged on for a year with constant appeals against the decision. Even international civil rights groups came into the picture to put pressure on the system
The truth of the matter was much simpler actually.
Mr Lee was sending a message – whoever governs Singapore must be sincere, transparent and honest. He has nothing to hide.
Allegations on corruption attacks the stability of the Singapore government and sows discord between Singaporeans.
Mr Lee therefore had to sue Roy Ngerng. It was never about the money. It was about defending the trust between the government and Singaporeans.
In light of WSJ accusations on the Malaysian PM and the damaging consequences, Mr Najib must take heed and act quickly to defend the trust between his government and Malaysians
Source: TODAY Online