DAP has proposed six crucial steps for Putrajaya to fight graft and rescue the country from bankruptcy.
Party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng proposed making public declaration of assets, implementing open competitive tenders, barring family members from government contracts, protecting genuine whistleblowers, removing Barisan Nasional leaders with extravagant lifestyles and coming clean on political donations.
“Will BN leaders walk their talk by applying the six steps?” asked the Penang chief minister.
He called on the federal government to first emulate his Pakatan Rakyat state government by institutionalising public declaration of assets.
Lim and his state executive councillors had already publicly declared their assets so he could not see any reason for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the federal Cabinet doing so as well.
“The declaration was even certified by an international accounting firm,” pointed out the Pakatan leader in his blog posting.
Lim, the Bagan MP, also called Najib to immediately drop BN leaders with extravagant lifestyles, owning luxury homes, cars and huge personal bank accounts in foreign countries.
The third step was to bar family members of BN leaders from involving in government business to avoid another RM250 million “cow – condo” National Feedlot Centre scandal.
Lim also called on Najib’s administration to protect, not to prosecute, genuine whistleblowers, who exposed corruption cases leading to charges in court.
The fifth, he said, BN must come clean on political donations such as the RM40 million political donation to Sabah Umno.
Finally, he wanted the federal government to implement open competitive tenders like in Penang.
Without open competitive tenders, he said public projects were directly negotiated and awarded to cronies causing loss of public revenue such as the cheap sale of the Sungai Besi Air Force Base land.
Similarly, he asked whether the RM386 million for 57 KR1M stores in Sabah and Sarawak or RM6.7 million per store was justified.
At RM6.7 million per store, he wondered whether the KR1M stores were selling basic necessities like sugar, salt and rice or luxury items like jewellery and designer handbags.
Due to the implementation of an open competitive tender system in Penang since 2008, Lim claimed that his state government was able to table surplus budgets each year with proceeds from the savings going back to the people annually in the form of an “anti-corruption dividend”.
Unless action was taken against unhealthy practices, he warned that the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on Malaysia would not only drop further “but the country may go bankrupt.”
Probe Sabah Umno
Lim said Malaysia’s CPI dropped from 37 in 2003 to 60 in 2012, prompting TI Malaysia Chapter deputy president Mohammad Ali to note that elements of state-facilitated grand corruption were prevalent.
He noted that even Housing and Local Government Minister Chor Chee Heung had admitted that corruption cost Malaysia RM26 billion every year.
He pointed out that the Global Financial Integrity Report from Washington estimated that more than RM1,077 million of illicit money flowed out illegally from Malaysia between 2000 and 2009.