One, particularly those who works in the Tourism Ministry, or those who have business dealings with the ministry should not surprised at the news that MACC has raided the ministry (Malaysian Insider March 11, 2009). In fact, many says that the ministry should have been raided a long time ago.
And with the recent arrest of the political secretary to Tourism Minister Azalina Othman on suspicion of corruption, will open up the ‘crates of skeletons’ that has been kept hidden in the vaults of Azalina’s ministry since becoming its minister. The results of the raid and the outcome of the investigations on the political secretary, will be closely watched by the concerned public, as well as a test of MACC’s pledges to arrest the scourge of corruption, regardless of the position and status of the person(s) involved.
Azalina, and including those implicated in this ‘scam’, may be the unlucky ones not to have been smart enough to cover their trail of alleged abuses and corrupt practices. It is now left for her and those implicated to defend themselves, and to rid the stigma of corruption attached to their persons.
Azalina certainly cannot now claim to having no knowledge of the affairs of her ministry. It will be better for her to accept the fact that this is indeed a testing time for her, and to allow fate to decide what is left of her political career.
The telling question now is whether Azalina, an aspirant for the UMNO’s Supreme Council should or should not be allowed to make her bid during the up-coming UMNO’s General Assembly because of this investigations. Many in UMNO will say that she is deemed innocent unless proven otherwise; hence she should be allowed to contest. But what if MACC investigations were to prove later that she is guilty? How would UMNO react then?
The answer the above question, it is best left to the big wigs in UMNO to decide in the best interest of the party. And to those outside UMNO, the question asked is, “will there be more to surface after Azalina?”
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Posted at 12.20 am March 12, 2009