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Tuesday, May 25, 2004


The '18 Golden Arowanas'

The long wait for the 18 golden arowanas is over with the recent pronouncement by the PM. It was in February when the then MINIster in the PM's Dept, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim who said that the ACA was investigating 18 "high-profile" cases after the arrest of former Perwaja Steel chief executive officer Tan Sri Eric, who was once great. This bit of news made lots of people hot and excited. The election came and went and there were no further news. But the people continued to be expectant saying that it was still early days, lets wait till after the UMNO election. The PM would be able to swing into action then.
It looks like there will be little or no need to wait for that, when replying to a question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang) during question time in Parliament, the PM, among other things said that he had checked with the Attorney-General and was told the 18 were not individuals but corruption-prone sectors which needed monitoring. What a letdown.
So the 18 golden arowanas have been so creatively turned from 18 'high-profile' individuals into 18 corruption-prone sectors. How more creative can one get. Can we now followup and ask the Attorney-General and/or the PM to let us know the 18 sectors concerned, so that we can work with him and help monitor and weed out the corrupt ones?
The other thing the PM has made clear is that those he had nominated to stand in the recent election are all clean as far as corruption is concerned. He announced that all nominated candidates were declared clean by the polis and ACA.
Bernama reports ::
Abdullah reiterated that the Barisan Nasional(BN), in selecting its candidates to contest in the 11th general election in March, had ensured that all of them were free from corruption cases.
"Before we nominate them as candidates, we made sure none of them are involved in corrupt practices. I want to make this clear," he said.

So don't expect any changes come September after the UMNO election, if there are any still harbouring them.
Such creativity, such slyness and credibility goes down the longkang.


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