1st February 2018
WHY THE EERIE SILENCE TOWARDS SYDNEY MORNING HERALD’S REPORT ON UNILODGE?
The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported on 27 Jan 18 that a transaction surrounding the purchase of a property in Australia by a public fund from Malaysia has led up to AUD 18.3 million that went into the pockets of conspirators, corrupt officials from Malaysia. The scandal involves the vastly inflated valuation of a 280-room city apartment building, UniLodge. Mara has been implicated. Four days have passed and not a squeak is heard from those in authority. Why the eerie silence on this alleged scandal? Where is accountability?
Good sense and ethics demand the minister concerned to immediately make a statement responding to the SMH report. Malaysians demand a thorough investigation and ultimately a clear explanation to what has transpired. Those under investigating must relinquish all posts currently held. If an offence has been committed and proven, the guilty party must be severely punished.
Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot) wishes to remind that public money must be spent carefully and for the good of the people. Purchases of any item, equipment, and building, at overinflated price are an absolute no. We are reminded of the shocking report in 1982 by the Auditor General regarding the inflated purchase price of a packet of Maggi instant noodle at RM4.00, whereas the market price then was only 30 sen. Since then the yearly AG’s report continued with more and more shocking revelation about abuses. This nonsense of government departments and civil servants’ purchases at inflated prices must stop now.
Patriots and all Malaysians are awaiting the Director of Mara and the minister concerned to immediately respond to the SMH’s report.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan