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Dr M, be as tough on Taib as you are on Najib

Francis Paul Siah  |  Published on  |  Modified on

COMMENT | With reference to the article, “Show evidence, says PM on graft in S'wak”, I wish to respond to the prime minister with this letter.

Dear Dr Mahathir Mohamad,

The euphoria is over. You must have received countless messages of congratulations. Another one from me makes no difference. So I'll cut the small talk and get straight to the point.

Like many Sarawakians, I am deeply concerned about the evil deeds committed by exceptionally greedy and corrupt leaders in my beloved home state.

Let me repeat what I've said recently. The biggest thief in Malaysia is actually in Sarawak. In his 33 years in power, he had probably stolen more than Najib (Abdul Razak). I know you are not blind to the widely-reported excesses of this modern “White Rajah” of Sarawak over the years.

Surely you would know when, how and why it all started. In the past, you too have been defensive of those who had caused so much miseries and hardships to so many Sarawakians.

Tun, sorry to say this, but you were not very smart in years gone by to even support the rampant destruction of rainforests in Sarawak by logging companies associated with dishonest and unscrupulous BN leaders in the state.

And understandably so, because they were your allies and you needed them when you were in power. But that's water under the bridge now. We wouldn't want to delve on the past but move on.

Yesterday, you said those with evidence of corruption in Sarawak should adduce evidence and “if you can give evidence, I will ask the authorities to act".

Let me relate these events to you of the action taken against Abdul Taib Mahmud by the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) seven years ago.

On March 4, 2011, I led a MoCS delegation to submit a two-inch thick document on allegations of corruption and abuse of power by Taib, extracted from the whistleblower site Sarawak Report to the Sarawak MACC in Kuching. We were accompanied by, among others, Pakatan Harapan leaders Chong Chieng Jen and See Chee How.

My statement on that day read in parts: “Today, I am putting on record MoCS's demand that MACC conducts an immediate investigation on the allegations against Taib....

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