By Berita Daily Staff
KUCHING: The Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) has expressed its full support to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call to replace the top brass in the MACC as the first step to curb corruption in the country.
“Last Friday, we have stated that there must be a total revamp of the MACC. Today, we are very happy that Dr Mahathir has called for the replacement of top guns in MACC.
“It’s heartening to learn that the current chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad has resigned today. All his deadwood cohorts must also go,” MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah said here today.
“As Pakatan Harapan embarks on its anti-corruption drive which is long overdue, MoCS wishes to remind the new prime minister to also look into the decades of corrupt practices in Sarawak perpetuated by BN leaders.
“This blatant abuse of power has caused untold sufferings to Sarawakians. This must stop immediately,” he said.
Siah pointed out that top on the list has to be a certain individual in Sarawak who was reportedly worth a staggering RM45 billion, according to a 2012 report by the Swiss-based NGO Bruno Manser Fund.
“Add in what his family members, relatives, state ministers had illegally amassed from the state, the figure is RM64 billion – wealth derived from plundering the state over three decades,” the BMF report said.
According to Siah, the individual concerned is easily the richest man in Malaysia, well surpassed the hard-earned fortunes of Robert Kuok.
“If Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan are going after Najib Razak for his allegedly stolen wealth, then this individual Sarawakian must be thoroughly probed too. He could easily have stolen much more from the state over 30 long years than Najib. The biggest Malaysian thief is actually in Sarawak. This is our message to Mahathir today,” he added.
However, Siah said that it was only fair to allow the new Pakatan government to settle down first.
“But the new PM must also promise Sarawakians that all the thieves, daylight robbers and the “untouchables” in their beloved Hornbill State must never be allowed to go unpunished,” he stressed.
Though the MoCS leader did not mention the individual by name, it is understood that the Sarawak reform group was referring to Abdul Taib Mahmud, now Sarawak governor and chief minister for 33 years.
For the record, MoCS had lodged reports against Taib with the Sarawak and Bukit Aman police, and the MACC in Sarawak and Putrajaya in 2011.
The movement had also petitioned the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong not to appoint Taib as governor, handing over its document to a palace official at the Astana gates in Kuala Lumpur the same year. – Berita Daily