Friday, October 9, 2015
Why put the Rulers in the crossfire?
Salleh Said Keruak
“Not only do the Malay rulers want the 1MDB wrongdoers to be punished but they also called for an end to racism and religious supremacy by all,” said Zakiah Koya in The Heat Online today.
Yes, as The Heat reported above, the Rulers in a pre-council Conference statement issued by the Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal said many things. However, the focus of all the comments, views and statements is just on 1MDB. The impression being given is that the Rulers discussed only the 1MDB matter and nothing else.
Being the 239th Conference of Rulers over the last 58 years since Merdeka, surely many things would have been discussed. So why is the impression being created that the Conference of Rulers is a single-issue Conference?
Anyway, since the press statement by the Keeper of the Ruler’s Seal was issued, 1MDB, MACC, the AGC, the Deputy Prime Minister, etc., have all given their clarification. So why do they still insist that the government is keeping silent and is not responding to the questions regarding 1MDB?
Over the last two days alone many answers have been provided. So the allegation that no answers are forthcoming is not true. The opposition will always argue that there are no answers but when answers are provided they will argue that the answers are not good enough.
Is the opposition saying that the answers are inaccurate and that the reality is opposite of the replies being given? In that case the opposition should provide the evidence to rebut the explanation given by the government if they feel what the government is saying is not true. That is how it normally works.