Sunday, April 5, 2009

Disneyland scandal in Selangor

The loser of the Umno youth chief race, Dr Mohd Khir Toyo had created yet another “good name” for himself and so does his fellow Selangor Umno leaders and their spouses.

Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his fellow Umno leaders who formerly governed Selangor had spent more than RM1.7 million of public funds to visit two Disneyland theme parks in the United States and France with their respective spouses and children.

These two trips which were organized in 2007 and 2004 were in addition to the two other trips to Disneyland parks in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

According to the chief executive officer of the state investment arm called Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) Datin Khairiyah Abu Hassan who attended the hearing conducted by the Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency, PNSB paid for all those trips in full sum on instruction from Dr Khir Toyo who was at that time mentri besar and PNSB chairman.

Datin Khairiyah also testified to the select committee that Dr Khir Toyo’s entourage which also includes their families merely visited the theme parks as ordinary members of the public. Besides, Datin Khairiyah also confirmed that there were no reports file in accordance with procedures after the visits.

And there goes another discovery of Umno’s blatant power abuse and corruption during their years of governance in Selangor. These Umno leaders together with their spouses made use of the public funds mean for the betterment and development of the state for their personal enjoyment and luxurious livings.

The Selangor Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency which will be reporting its finding to the state legislative assembly should take its action as soon as possible by reporting these power abuses and corrupt activities to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

However, we doubt MACC will act against Dr Khir Toyo and other Selangor Umno leaders because Umno is still in power at the federal level and MACC will have to act only on the jurisdiction of the prime minister. Will MACC act independently or not? We will not know until we see them doing it, but with full heartedly or half heartedly? Is MACC really independent?
And if MACC decided not to pursue with this case, we understand because Umno leaders powerfully reign supreme over the others. They are the supremacist and untouchable.

Another political barbarian from Umno!

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