It is not uncommon for heads of states whether they are still in or out of office involved in scandals to be investigated and brought to court.
The flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi, ex- Italian Prime Minister and media tycoon who served three times as Prime Minister of Italy from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011 who has an extensive record of criminal allegations, including mafia collusion, false accounting, tax fraud, corruption and bribery of police officers and judges was finally brought to justice when he was still the Prime Minister.
Berlusconi has been tried in Italian courts in several cases. Berlusconi was charged with paying for sex with nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug between February and May 2010 when she was under the age of 18. He was also charged with abusing his political powers in an attempt to cover up the relationship. This sex affair was the last straw that led to his resignation.
Bill Clinton the ex-US President had a sexual affair with an intern Monica Lewinsky between November 1995 and March 1997, Bill Clinton had nine sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky in the form of fellatio and other sexual acts in the Oval Office. Both Clinton and Lewinsky were called before a grand jury and Clinton testified via closed-circuit television.
Thaksin Shinawatra the ex-Prime Minister of Thailand was tried in absentee. The sale of Shin Corp. to Singapore investment firm Temasek was in January 2006 was one of the main catalysts numerous protests in which Thaksin was forced to resign, and the government turns in the recording of the sale. The court has decided to seize over 40 billion bhat of Thaksin’s money. This was the money the Thai government froze following corruption allegations as he sold off the shin corporation tax free.
On 29 May 2000, Suharto was placed under house arrest when Indonesian authorities began to investigate the corruption during his regime. In July 2000, it was announced that he was to be accused of embezzling US$571 million of government donations to one of a number of foundations under his control and then using the money to finance family investments.
Anwar Ibrahim on the other hand was accused of sodomy not one but twice based on fabricated evidence but he has been cleared by the courts. However he was not even a head of state and did not accumulate so much wealth.
Where there is smoke, there is fire
All of the above cases were initiated by rumours, allegations, and accusations and eventually the authorities went in to investigate and file charges against them.
At present our Prime Minister Najib Razak has been implicated and accused of several scandals and Deepak Jaikishan has come forward to tell everything he knows pertaining to the second Statutory Declaration made by the ex-private investigator P. Balasubramaniam pertaining to the murder of Altantuya Shaarribuu and the questionable and untraceable RM500 commission to Perimekar Sdn Bhd.
The weird thing about this case is that unlike the above heads of states, Najib was not investigated and brought to court, but Razak Baginda and the two police personnel were tried instead with the unfortunate policemen just become the sacrificial lambs.
For Malaysia to really be world class, the leaders and authorities must emulate the countries mentioned above and more so when the RM7.3 billion useless Scorpene-Altantuya scandal involved Malaysia, France, Mongolia, Hog Kong, Singapore and India.
What is so special with Najib, when he is now practically putting Mahathir on trial?
We now have a second chance to know the truth when Deepak is willing to tell all and yet what Najib does instead is to form the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate on the giving of citizenships inappropriately to illegal immigrants in Sabah to gain votes, to divert the issues related to his alleged wrong doing and at the same time to hit hard on Mahathir who has been trying to force him to step down.
To stop Mahathir’s plan, Najib is indirectly putting Mahathir on trial via the RCI ‘s findings.But this does not prove that Najib is not guilty and this will not work in favour of Najib and UNO/BN because the RCI will only state and confrim the facts that we already know. This tactic by Najib will not even benefit him for even a moment because Najib has more skeletons hidden in his closet and his wife’s, Rosmah.
Forming the RCI is good but Najib should clear his name. Mere denials and saying that Deepak cannot be trusted will not clear his name and improve his image, but it has made Najib more dubious and the people wondering maybe indeed Najib is guilty after all.
While Anwar was framed, in Najib’s case, there are some overwhelming evidence, witnesses and pertinent questions that only he can provide the answers. If Najib is really clean or for that matter if he is afraid to be investigated and ultimately charged in court, why not charge Deepak in court instead?
Najib must either prove that all the accusations by Deepak are not true or he should own up and step down immediately.If Najib refuses to do either one of that, then this is the very reason besides others, that the people must vote UMNO/BN out, so that the truth could be unveiled.