Samy and ‘small boys’ February 3, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Economy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self.
Nobody has the right to reveal a classified document. If they do, they have to pay the price.
“When a document is classified under the Official Secrets Acts, it is a secret document,” said Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu. (NST, 2 Feb 2007)
What Samy and the Cabinet didn’t tell you is this.
Apart from the obvious fact – that business agreements signed by the government on behalf of the rakyat should be made public – these documents can be declassified.
Take for instance, the big hoo-hah formerly known as the “Crooked Bridge”. The Cabinet hurriedly declassified them and gave to the press, in an attempt to deflect criticisms and accusations by the former Prime Minister.
But with those few careless remarks and a stubborn streak displayed by the Works Minister, we are ever more curious about the rest of the existing agreements and business deals, and wonder….
What are the bare facts behind them?
Why not declassify the toll agreements to prove that there is nothing wrong with them, rather than subject four opposition leaders to possible charges under the Officials Secrets Act?
Oh – didn’t Samy claim he had once shown the documents to Lim Kit Siang? Who will pay the price of revealing such ‘national security’ matters to the leader of the opposition?
And btw – one loses the debate when one tries to end the argument by calling those asking difficult questions, ‘small boys’.
(Updated: Footnote- The impetus for the current investigation should not be blamed solely on the Works Minister.
As early as 10 January 2007, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi was quoted by the NST as saying, (on the issue whether the agreement was under OSA):-
“If it is, we can take action. We can also check on how Keadilan obtained the document.”