YOURSAY | ‘Asking Rewcastle-Brown to come to M’sia is a nonsensical farce.’
Vijay47: Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, you invited Sarawak Report editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown to visit Malaysia to assist police investigations into her claim that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak paid lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah RM9.5 million.
I don't think Rewcastle-Brown will be in any hurry to visit sunny “Malaysia, truly Asia” anytime soon.
She must be aware of how foreigners could be treated here; some may mysteriously disappear from busy streets, others get blown up, and yet others may have islands bestowed upon them.
Khalid, perhaps you can tell her and all of us what purpose her visit would serve, except maybe for you to have tea and crumpets, not croissants, with at least her since you have so far not savoured such pleasures with Queen Elizabeth.
Like Rewcastle-Brown said, whatever documents you need are already with you. If not, I am sure opposition lawmakers Rafizi Ramli or Tony Pua would be glad to oblige.
Another option is for you to go to London and meet the good lady in person. After all, you did venture bravely if futilely to interview Swiss national Andre Xavier Justo in Bangkok, also in relation to 1MDB.
The Commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service would be dying to catch a glimpse of Malaysia’s renowned IGP.
Kim Quek: In these days of instant information and computerised documentation, evidence of bank transactions such as Najib’s alleged payment of RM9.5 million to Shafee can be obtained in one minute.
Just a phone call to the bank, and records of such transactions can be electronically transmitted instantly.
What a nonsensical farce asking Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia just to show the IGP the relevant records! Worse, as pointed out by Rewcastle-Brown, the records have been with the IGP himself all this while.
And what a shameful reflection of the country, whose chief of police has been found to be one of such “calibre” and “integrity”!
Odin Tajué: Rewcastle-Brown, may I suggest that you invite them to London instead. Of course, you will offer them fine refreshments and, possibly, some delicious, delicate finger food when they arrive.
In addition to what you might consider offering them, I strongly recommend sourdough bread toasted to the right degree and served with thin slices of lardo di colonnata, which you can get from Vallebona.
Absolutely heavenly divine, I assure you. Gosh, even thinking about it makes my mouth water already. I’m off to my kitchen!
Drngsc: Former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan, while I agree with almost all that you said about how there is no need for Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia to assist police investigations, I cannot agree with your statement that the police are competent.
The rank and file may be competent, especially the Special Branch, but if their leader is grossly incompetent, he will never be able to use his resources and assets competently.
He only wishes to satisfy his political master and chase after the opposition and NGOs like Bersih. Any report against opposition/Bersih is acted upon within hours. On the other hand, any reports against Umno is acted upon at the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM)’s leisure, if at all.
On the issue of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) and the alleged slush funds, even I could do it if I were given the authority to do so. There’s no need for outside help. Just follow the money trail.
Behsaikong: Ambiga, what you said about this being a straightforward case that could be solved easily is very true.
This case is within the jurisdiction of our own local authorities and well within their level of competency. Investigate and question the persons and institutions, report the outcomes, and let the court or the people decide.
FairMind: Indeed, the evidence and details have been sitting on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and attorney-general’s (AG's) desks for years. Sarawak Report was just quoting from papers leaked from MACC and AG’s Chambers.
Why does the IGP need Rewcastle-Brown to come to Malaysia to assist the police on the matter where all the evidence is already with MACC and AG?
Instead of investigating the wrongdoers, the IGP is openly displaying his arrogance with his "troublemaker, come here if you dare" attitude.
The need for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is long overdue to rein in the PDRM, not only for practising double standards and allegedly covering up for the powers-that-be but also for the spate of deaths in custody.
Bluemountains: Does the IGP really think that Rewcastle-Brown will be stupid enough to fall into his trap? She is no novice in this game. Further, what need is there for the IGP to ask Rewcastle-Brown to come?
Rafizi is in the country and readily available to provide the IGP with any information he wants. But, why is the IGP not interested in Rafizi's tip-offs?
6th Generation Immigrant: Mere allegations in this country just by some oddball groups usually gets the PDRM very excited. The Star’s front page episode is one.
Loose and passing accusations by the same groups have got the PDRM quickly investigating chief ministers, politicians and NGOs, many with ongoing cases. However, our outstanding and internationally shining 1MDB case is deemed fit for no further action!
But why the cunningly naive response from the IGP to Rewcastle-Brown?
Sarawak Report’s allegation was simple and direct (they knew what they were doing) and they were aware that an in-country investigation would be able to quickly disprove Sarawak Report, or would be able to confirm that its accusations were correct and true.
This was the gamble by Sarawak Report when they chose to go public. Can the general public guess if the IGP is playing dumb or intelligent in this episode by not biting the bait?
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