(Leaked document but where is it now? Image source: http://www.jeffooi.com)
Whistle Blowers – they are a rare species in Malaysia…
In Malaysia and when it comes to activities of the Government and the ruling political party and its close knit members, almost everything comes under the Official Secret Act and that includes, ridiculously, among other things, the daily API readings. There is no place for whistle blowers in Malaysia.
But when Anwar brought up the incident of a lawyer making dubious deals over the phone involving a judge, now famously known as Lingam gate or Correct, correct, correct, there were calls for the protection of the whistle blower.
Of course at the first, the Government was not so happy with the turn of the events and threatened Anwar with jail terms unless he turns over the whistle blowers to the Government (for what? to be silenced? to be protected?) but Anwar did not buy into the threat. The aggressiveness of the Governmental agencies wanting to get their hands on the whistle blowers certainly did not provide a comfort feeling that whistle blower will be protected.
Then there was this big blunder by the Nazri fellow when he claimed that there was Witness Protection Act in Malaysia but later was proved to wrong. With a thick skin, he then said that the Government is GOING to enact a Witness Protection Act.
From China Post:-
Nazri Aziz, minister in the prime minister’s department, said the first draft of the Witness Protection Act — initially proposed in 2000 — has been circulated to government agencies and ministries for feedback.
He said the draft will then be presented to cabinet for approval, the official Bernama news agency reported late Sunday.
“Then it will be brought to parliament for the first reading and debated before it is passed and gazetted as an Act,” Nazri, the de facto law minister, was quoted saying by Bernama.
All looked fine until the Government made a big U Turn on the decision to enact Witness Protection Act. The question was whether there were any credible reasons given by the Government on the u-turn? It was nothing more than a “fuck off, we are not going to let our dirty secrets to be uncovered by anyone” camouflaged akin reasoning. Nazri tried to up his idiocy points by saying this:-
…the witness will not only be protected by the Government but will also be given a new identity and a new face through cosmetic surgery
Read more about the chief clown here
If the Government have certainly bugled any attempts to protect those who leaked out the wrongdoing, where then potential whistle blowers go from here? Not far, if you ask me.
They could go to the police or ACA but everyone knows what would be the outcome. That is probably the last you will be see of the whistle blower and the evidence with another stamp “no case to investigate” on the files.
Another option to go to the opposition political party – one good example was the SD by the private investigator Bala. But we all know what happened to the “original” SD and the Bala character. The original SD was retracted and the maker of the SD has “run” away to another country. His guilty conscience must have been too great.
That leaves potential whistle blower one final option – to turn in the evidences to Raja Petra and stand back and see how Raja Petra increases the temperature with his nail biting blog posts. But with Raja Petra’s “freedom” itself being uncertain and with numerous “raids” by the police to look for the evidence, just how safe is the whistle blowers’ evidences and identity?
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Cross over to search on Malaysia and you will find…nothing much (this looks interesting though). Those who are privileged to the information are either too scared to take the risk or is unable of alternative solutions. And we all know what happens when a website is being blocked by the Government, right?
We can start with uploading the leaked toll concessionaire agreement…No tags for this post.