Can we count on you, minister Paul Low?
YOURSAY ‘Low has as much chance to really do his job as a snowball in hell. But I sure hope to be proven wrong.'
Kookie: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Paul Low may very well do a good job but will be a toothless tiger as long as corruption and abuse of power is still rampant in the organs of government that are responsible to prosecute such cases.
Low's presence in government is all for show and not for go. We do not need a ‘transparency' minister if the government machinery to stem corruption and abuse of power is functioning. It is obvious to the world that it is not.
CHKS: Low, for the sake of the love for God, the need to live a life of biblical, uncompromising integrity and for the sake for the country, not just for this generation but the next as well, I plead to you, no compromises in carrying out your duty.
Don't try to be the nice guy. Be prepared to be criticised, and even be prepared not to be elected.
If you can show real results and catch the big fishes, you may eventually do BN a favour by cleaning up its mess, although the pain maybe there over a short-term period.
EugeneT: Low has as much chance to really do his job as a snowball in hell. He will just be swallowed up in the BN sewerage. But I sure hope to be proven wrong.
Pemerhati: If Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) chairperson Low takes charge of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and brings the biggest current and former corrupt sharks like former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sarawak CM Abdul Taib Mahmud to justice and collects back their loot, then it will mean that PM Najib Abdul Razak is serious about fighting corruption.
But this is unlikely to happen because Najib himself has too many skeletons in his cupboard, such as allegations pertaining to murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu and the Scorpene submarines.
What is likely to happen is that there will be a few show trials of some non-influential people as in the past, so as to give an impression that corruption is being tackled seriously, while Najib and Umno continue to steal at the previous rate of about a billion ringgit per week.
Low has already revealed his true colours as a Najib collaborator. This is because after signing the election integrity pact with Najib before GE13 with a lot of fanfare, he kept very quiet after the fraudulent elections. He is likely to just relax and collect his minister's salary and perks for as long as he can.
Bersih Generation Malaysian: Low, stand by your values of integrity and transparency. Hopefully, you are not a yes-man and will become a respected minister.
I bet you have nothing to lose and don't not be like Minister in the PM's Department Idris Jala, who retracted his statement on Malaysia going to bankrupt in 2019.
Quit the post if the country is not effectively being run. Voice out your concerns without fear.
The Mask: Low, I hope you know that you'll be watched like a hawk. I hope your principles and integrity will remain intact.
Otherwise, you will need to follow former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Zaid Ibrahim's honourable footstep, and that is, resign or prepared to be sacked.
Kamikasi: Come on people, give Low a break. His signature is still wet on paper and we are already judging him.
Who knows, he will bring about many good changes. Be patient. I'm sure the PM sees a lot of good in him, including his values and principles.
Anon1: Dream on. He's already shackled by being under the PM's Department. If they are really serious, create the role of the parliamentary ombudsman and appoint Low for that post.
I mean absolutely zero executive interference in the scope and powers of the ombudsman whose role will be to investigate complaints and abuses of power.
SteveOh: There is no compelling evidence to prove Low will be any more effective in government than when he was outside. One after another supposedly good Malaysians will be corrupted by the tainted system because bad company corrupts good character.
Window-dressing and perhaps some token and selective changes may placate Malaysians, but they should not hope against hope for Low to have any significant impact against corruption or make the politicians transparent and accountable.
Wsoi: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua delivers a true and desperate message on behalf of all educated Malaysian citizens with no vested interest in BN.
We want a stop to the massive abuse of power, stop corruption and all mega projects that burden the population and enrich a few.
You do all this, even the Chinese votes will go back to BN naturally. If not, the next one million first-time voters will throw BN out in GE14.
TabbyCat: Pua, you must be joking - putting a white hamster in a cage of rats. Guess what is going to happen to the poor hamster?
Mahashitla: Low is a man of integrity and I still feel that he shouldn't have accepted the post. What transparency do we have when Najib is still holding on the finance minister's post?
I wouldn't be surprised if Low resigns from his post later on, just like Zaid. He may find his transparency call unsuitable for Najib's government, and his whole integrity will be under scrutiny by staying on the dark side.
Changeagent: Remember former transport minister Ong Tee Keat? He tried to play the "bad cop" role from within Najib's administration by lifting the lid on the RM12 billion PKFZ debacle . See what happened to him? He was spit out and left to dry in no time.
Quigonbond: I'd like to know whether Low imposed any conditions when Najib asked whether he wants to join the cabinet. If Low did not impose any condition, then I'm afraid he's a closet Umno supporter all along.
For I fail to see how Low could think of working with someone who has just a few weeks ago signed his TI-M clean election pledge only to go on to break each and every one of the pledges.
He should have used his bargaining power to ask for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on the entire electoral process. If he didn't, then his definition of corruption and abuse of power must be fairly loose.
Jaycee: Remember the incident of the Global Witness video where members of Taib's family blatantly describe how they fleece the people of Sarawak?
And what did Paul Low say? Something to the effect that the PM should "nudge" Taib? Here we have a family who is robbing the Sarawakians blind for years and all that was asked of the PM was a nudge from him. Seriously!
Anticorruption: All cabinet members, MPs and their immediate families must declare their assets with immediate effect.
Banana: Can we count on you, Low?
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