Lingamgate: Blame the whistleblower October 3, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics, Southeast Asia.
Instead of getting the crooks featured in the Lingam Tape, everyone, from the ‘Independent’ Panel to the ACA is playing the game of ‘catch the whistleblower’.
Not that this is unexpected. Anyone caught with their pants down would be pointing left, right and centre while trying to cover themselves.
But this is pushing a little too far, reverse psychology and all:-
“Somebody out there (has) the original video. Does he have the responsibility (to come forward)? There may have been others who were there (during the incident). Have they got the responsibility?
“If you don’t come, don’t complain, because at the end of the day, our report is based on the material made available to us,” said panel member Datuk Mahadev Shankar. (The Sun)
Since they have taken up the job to authenticate the Lingam tape, then the first thing that comes to mind is to get technical expertise. They should just bundle the tape together with DNA sample to FBI. Save courier costs, wrap up panel and save public funds.
The whistleblower’s gift to the nation has been to record an act most scandalous and hand it to the public domain. His/her job is done. Now the government has to do the rest. Shouldn’t the panel be calling all those named in the tape to be ‘responsible’?
On protection for voluntary witnesses, Mahadev said: “The truth is the best protection…” (The Sun)
Royal Commission on the beating on Anwar Ibrahim, immunity was explicit. Ditto for the Royal Commission on the Police. It is quite likely that truth can be one’s best protection in a nice, democratic, accountable state.
But here, one may well find themselves receiving a shiner by a (former) Inspector-General of Police, or transformed into a tidy heap of dust, thanks to some C4 explosives taken out from a police station (unlogged) by the Unit Tindakan Khas. The police are in cohorts with the politicians who are in cohorts with some members of the judiciary, and other state functionaries. Nice six-degrees-of-separation we’ve got going on here.
A bit of news: – At 7 pm, 3 October, R. Sivarasa and TT Sim, who had already given their accounts to the ACA, received a second notice to reappear before them the next day. The ACA, no doubt, are still keen to find out who gave KeADILan the tape.
Amer Hamzah Arshad said, “Nothing short of a Royal Commission of Inquiry will not suffice.”
We may be chanting in due time, “Save the whistleblower”, next to “Save the Judiciary”, if this is allowed to go on.