A letter purportedly written by a anonymous MACC officer that was hand delivered to lawyer Gobind Singh Deo has now taken the ongoing inquest into the murder of Teoh Beng Hock a new twist. The letter incriminates the Deputy Director MACC Selangor, Hishamuddin Hashim with the murder of Teoh Beng Hock and implicates former Menteri Besar Selangor Khir Toyo with attempts to uncover all possible wrong doing of the current ruling PR government with the view to toppling the Selangor government. The letter also reveals Hishamuddin's close collaboration with Khir Toyo throughout the latter's tenure as the Menteri Besar, which in turn had enriched the former with 'ill-gotten wealth'. Hishamuddin is also said to have covered up a dubious road construction deal at Sekinchan which was approved by Khir Toyo that far exceeds its normal costs. The letter also implicates Hishamuddin with an adulterous act with a subordinate female officer.
The accusation found in the letter is damning, and if it is found to be true, it puts to serious question the integrity and involvement of both Hishamuddin as well as Khir Toyo in acts that is not only limited to murder, corruption, abuse of power, but most significantly an act of treason against the current PR state government. Isn't a devilish and devious act to topple a legitimate state government an act of treason? That was what the writer implies, and if indeed both Hishamuddin and Khir Toyo collaborated to perform the act and is subsequently found guilty, isn't the act punishable by death?
The letter has been dismissed by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner Datuk Abu Hassan even before an investigation can be carried out. And from reports in the mainstream media, an investigation on the letter will be conducted by the police and MACC and what a folly, by these two agencies whose public perception, trust and confidence is now at its lowest ebb. This is a fact that both the police and MACC will have to accept and it will require a major public relations effort to redeem public trust and confidence.
The recent activities of MACC in Selangor points to the fact that there are some relevance to what has been revealed in the letter. Acts such as the aggressive and persistent raids on the offices of PR State Assemblymen and their subsequent questioning over their meager spendings of state funds. The lackadaisical action taken over the reports of abuses by Khir Toyo and the 'palatial KT residence' issue in particular. The excessive spendings of Khir Toyo and his family on overseas trips at the expense of PNSB, and the unresolve BALKIS issue. And remember too, how the issue of the 'Lembu and supposedly misuse of the unofficial car of the present MB' was so blown out of proportion that warrants immediate action by the MACC? What about the report on the RM500,000 spendings of each BN State Assemblymen that was exhausted within two months prior to the 2008 General Elections? How about the Bukit Botak land scam that occurred during the regime of the previous state government? The list is endless and are these non-issues in the eyes of the MACC? I must apologise to Khir Toyo for picking on him, and for all that he had done for Selangor, I still cannot trust him, and more importantly, I think I love Selangor more than him.
Let us all wait the outcome of the investigation on the letter (if there is to be one), and the view of most including me is one of a 'wash out' unless proven otherwise.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION