YOURSAY 'The one-year sentence is too light. He should be sentenced to at least 10 years and all his assets confiscated by the state.'
Ex-MB Khir Toyo jailed 12 months for corruption
Ferdtan: With this guilty verdict of former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, and his accusation of three federal ministers having set him up, it is the beginning of an implosion in Umno.
Umno leaders are fighting tooth and nail quietly to get themselves and their supporters a front seat to be nominated for the coming election - even if they have to put one of them out of commission.
You have pro-Najib Razak, pro-Muhyiddin Yassin and a less influential third force pro-Abdullah Badawi (led by Khairy Jamaluddin) factions taking arms stealthily to clear the path for the control of the party well before the general election.
In their public posturing, the Umno leaders gave the impression of being united against the opposition Pakatan Rakyat - even deputy president Muhyiddin had to give an open statement of allegiance to his chief to allay suspicions.
From the many statements and actions taken by these different groupings, we know Umno is not well - the cracks are appearing.
Jeremy Ng: The 12 months' sentence is a disgrace to the definition of deterrence. It showed our judges are not serious in curbing corruption against BN politicians. Khir Toyo should be slapped the maximum custodial sentence.
In my reading, there is a hidden hand behind this light sentence. Obviously, there has been a trade off with the request on the property forfeiture.
There should be a public outcry on this lenient sentence. The attorney-general should pressed harder to increase the duration upon his appeal.
Multi Racial: Usually when someone innocent is found guilty, you will see shock and sadness in one's face when the verdict is announced. If the person is guilty, you will normally appear sad, but show no surprise.
As for Khir Toyo, Malaysians including those who are close to him, believe he is guilty of corruption. So he should be in the latter category. But he smiled after the verdict was announced.
What does that tell you? Let me guess:
1) He knew he can get away with it eventually and his appeal is likely to be in his favour.
2) He knew of something we do not know. One thing for sure, he knew he will eventually be found innocent by the higher courts.
3) He has many options up his sleeves to blackmail those in power.
Whatever it is, we believe he is guilty and the one-year sentence is too light. He should be sentenced to at least 10 years and all his assets confiscated by the state. He should only be allow to retain what he owned before becaming Selangor MB.
Nik V: To many Malaysians, this is such a joke. Firstly, our questionable AG charged him with a lesser charge. Secondly, the rakyat knows that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
With this charge alone, it should give MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and AG legal recourse and reason to pursue investigations into his bank account, family and other assets and previous dealings.
We want to know what corrupt methods did he induge in to acquire so much wealth in order to spend millions of ringgit in the first place? But I doubt he will get more than a slap on the wrist.
Kgen: After a one-third remission for good behaviour, Khir Toyo will be out in eight months. That is, if he even goes to jail in the first place.
Maybe on appeal, the sentence will be shortened to six months and he will be out in four, which he will spend his time in luxury. The sentence doesn't fit the crime.
Simon Lee 3ed5: There is no difference whether he goes to jail or not as he is just a scapegoat while the trillions of ringgit continue to flow out from the country.
The whole of Umno is now dumping this poor fellow while the super corrupt continue to walk free in the corridors of power. And this verdict is but a drop in the vast ocean of corruption tearing the country apart.
Ashoka PJ: Justice Mohtaruddin Baki, is this what justice is about? A mother stealing infant formula for her baby is jailed 18 months and Khir Toyo is only going to get two years or maybe only a fine for his illicit amassment of wealth.
First-time offender, is it? Okay, the DPP should now file another case of corruption on his Disneyland trip where he even brought his maid along.
That one should not be first-time offender and the court should imprison him for at least five years and five strokes of the rotan. What say you, Najib?
Free & Fair Election: Got this from Twitter - excerpt of a report found in The Star in May 2011: Jobless man jailed two years for shampoo theft.
Johor Baru: An unemployed man was jailed two years for stealing six boxes of shampoo worth RM107.40 at a supermarket. Nor Azmi Mohd Amin admitted to committing the offence at the supermarket in Taman Kota Masai at noon on May 20.
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