Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Add Salt To Taste

Yesterday, Free Malaysia Today carried a story of disappointment into the investigation into SRC International (SRC) that led to the early retirement of a senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer, last week.

Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zain, who was the director of MACC’s Special Operations Division (SOD), said he felt as if he had “sinned against 30 million Malaysians when the SRC case could not be taken to court”.

That was the story that captivated most readers of his disappointment about the lack of action with regard to SRC International case, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB); most debated issue that extended to international waters.

Next came another story on Bahri’s retirement was due to the revelation of corrupt acts by the former prime minister; Tun Dr Mahathr and his children stakes in 488 companies, including government related entities, some even while Mahathir was in office.

While Malaysians are trying to relate and make sense of both conflicting stories of the truth, MACC then issued a press statement denying SRC is the root cause and that Bahri had denied making such statement to the media portal.

Many readers are more convinced of SRC being the true reasons and the MACC’s are crafted. The press statement is regarded a weak attempt on damage control and covering the real reasons why Bahri resigned.

Apparently the old strategy is put to play. If you cannot explain then, confuse them. Three different stories originated from Bahri’s decision to leave MACC in the span of one day. There could be more, on the way.