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Robert Phang slams Nazri and A-G Gani Patail: End Gutter Politics

It appears that with or without a position in the MACC, Tan Sri Robert Phang who is the Chairman of an NGO, the Social Care Foundation, cannot be pinned down to keep quiet. Despite being warned that A-G Gani Patail is upset with him, Phang seems to be throwing  caution to the wind.

Phang is not be bothered that A-G Gani Patail is calling the shots in deciding whether Phang should be prosecuted or not in the alleged bribery of the KSU of a  Ministry involving purported contracts estimated to worth RM900 million.

Stand Up for the Victimised 6 Rank and File Policemen
In yet another blistering attack against A-G Gani Patail and former IGP Musa Hassan, Phang made reference to six rank and file policemen who were charged in order to cover up Musa’s involvement in the Along and gaming syndicate based in Tangkak. Although Phang did not mention the name of the underworld operator, that case clearly referred to the Goh Cheng Poh @ Tengku Goh’s case where AG Gani Patail had been accused by former Director Commercial Crimes Investigation Director (CCID), Dato’ Ramli Yusuff had accused the A-G Gani Patail of abdicating his constitutional duties in refusing to defend and prepare affidavits for CCID officers.

Instead, A-G Gani Patail had advised the then Deputy Home Minister, Dato Johari Baharom to release Goh Cheng Poh. Phang accuses that the complicity of Musa Hassan and A-G Gani Patail with that syndicate has perpetuated the menace of the illegal loan shark Along syndicate.

End Gutter Politics
In his Press Statement released today, Phang also slammed BN for gutter politics and targeted Nazri Aziz for arrogance and for trying to pull wool over the Rakyat’s eyes over the Gutter Politics that Malaysia is descending into. Phang warned of the Rakyat’s anger that will force reforms at the ballot box. I agree with Phang that the Rakyat should force reforms at the ballot box!

Reproduced below is the text of Robert Phang’s full statement:

Chairman – Social Care Foundation


  1. On the day that the Sarawak State Assembly was diassolved, Malaysia’s gutter politics entered a new low when editors and key players of mainstream and alternative media were invited to a public screening and entertained to explicit pornography by the trio who call themselves Dato T. To the world at large, this will unfortunately and inevitably be perceived as another persecution and smear campaign of the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. To most Malaysians, this reignites the disgrace we already suffer from being the brunt of scornful jokes in this region and globally as a Muslim country obsessed with smut.

  2. The fact that notice of this public screening was duly given to take place at Carcosa Seri Negara would have drawn the attention of the Special Branch and the highest echelons of PDRM and all the way to the top Ministry and political leadership. This immediately gave ammunition to Anwar Ibrahim to allege political conspiracy. Nothing was done by the Police to stop this public pornography.

    The legal community has already pointed out that such public screening is an offence under the Penal Code. On the other hand, IGP Tan  Sri Ismail Omar seem  to be less than certain of what offence have been committed. It is repugnant that the country’s Top lawyer, Attorney- General Gani Patail has not guided the police on this aspect. This may yet fuel further allegations that Attorney-General Gani Patail practices selective prosecution.

  3. It is made worse that one of the Dato T trio was the former Chief Minister of Melaka who was himself implicated in a case of statutory rape when the press at that time had sensationally reported the discovery of seminal stains in the CM’s office. It is a public mockery when Chua Soi Lek, the President of MCA, jumped on the moral high horse to chide Anwar Ibrahim, whereas Chua himself was a self-confessed porn actor in another sensational pornography tape. At that time, I had no hesitation to take out public advertisements at my own cost to warn the MCA members to draw a clear distinction between Chua “Soiled” Lek and Ong Tee Keat in making the comparison of a “Bad Apple” and a “Good`Apple”. Chua is President of  MCA today and see where he is leading it.It is notable that Ong Tee Keat had been fearless in the PKFZ issue and we see today some significant prosecutions. The Chinese community or more specifically, the MCA members of which I am one, must search their conscience as we march to the next party, state and general elections.

  4. On 29 March, we had another disgraceful statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who arrogantly told the Dewan Rakyat that handouts during election campaigns cannot be considered as  corruption as it is part of BN’s way to woo the people. This is alarming. As a former Advisory Panel member of the MACC, I say that it is totally unacceptable that gratification of that sort can be condoned and justified by a government Minister. Such political statements serve to only confuse the public. It is a great disservice to the MACC.

    I urge Nazri Aziz not to undermine the efforts of the MACC Chief Commissioner, Dato’ Seri Abu Kassim. BN politicians will be scorned by the Rakyat if they have blinkered views on issues of public importance. Politicians should have the courage to call a spade a spade and not try to pull wool over the Rakyat’s eye. It would be most unfortunate if we cannot be clear as to the wrong from the right.

  5. Nazri made it worse when he attacked Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) and told them to “shut up” and “mind its own business”.  I was once in TI-M and we report on truth and transparency without fear or favour. Such arrogance against an NGO should not happen as the BN approaches the Sarawak state elections. It only shows the disregard that BN politicians have for the Rakyat’s views.

    I have not forgotten that Nazri once referred to me as a man in the street. He should be reminded that it is the men and women in the streets who will determine his and his political party’s fate at the ballot box. Because I know him personally, I can appreciate his urge to be a “Jantan” but there is a place and time for that.
    Be a Jantan in championing the people’s cause. Nazri should emulate the wisdom of the Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib who has repeatedly reminded his public officers not to be arrogant and to be people oriented. Nazri should observe the Government’s Transformation Program (GTP) and transform himself accordingly.

  6. Today, at page N16 The Star presented the Moneylenders views for their loan-shark activities. It is as if The Star is helping these loan sharks or Along to justify why they charge monthly interest rates of 10% per month whereas the law only allows them maximum 12 % per annum. It is undeniable that the Along activity is a menace in the country.

    In 2006, I sat in the Ministry’s Task Force Committee to overcome this problem. It was during Musa Hassan’s time as IGP that many illegal moneylenders were legalised and yet they have continued with their illegal ways. With banks having branches in almost all small towns and in every nook and cranny of the country, legal financing is now available to everyone. There is no reason to perpetuate the Moneylenders Act. It should just be abolished. The evils connected with it are more than the good it brings.

  7. I still recall that Musa Hassan’s name was implicated in the release of such an operator of the Tangkak syndicate. Musa Hassan then alleged that his men in blue tried to fix him. He is the first IGP to have accused his own men in blue. There was also public perception that the Attorney-General Gani Patail abdicated his duty in refusing to prepare affidavits for the CCID officers. In the end, the crooks got away free and the policemen ended being charged. These are disturbing public perceptions.

    Current IGP Ismail Omar must learn from these lessons and uphold the duties and values of the PDRM as a professional Police Force to act without fear or favour to maintain and restore public peace and order in line with its motto Berani Berkhidmat!

  8. All the above are things that concern the Rakyat’s aspiration for a democratic, free and safe society governed by the Rule of Law. The Rakyat want reforms. The politicians should take heed of the Rakyat’s aspirations or face the Rakyat’s wrath at the ballot box.

Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Miow Sin
Justice of Peace

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