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Needless Persecution

ACA goes after PKR whistleblowers

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 4, 2007)

The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) has compelled Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)’s vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah and party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s political coordinator Sim Tze Tzin to reveal the source of the eight-minute video clip, or face action under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.

Sivarasa and Sim were served with a notice to provide information under Section 22(1)(c) of the Act in the ACA office, here today. It was signed by ACA headquarters Special Action Branch enforcer Chua Lay Choo.

“We understand from the attachment to the notice that they want to know the identity and full details of the source,” Sivarasa said.

Both Sim and Sivarasa have one week to comply or face two years jail, a fine of RM10,000 or both.

He said they had not responded yet but will discuss with their lawyers and the party leadership before deciding on their next move.

“They are using the law to reveal the source and ACA justifies it to their need to compile evidence to determine the authenticity of the clip,” he said, adding that this will further reduce the public’s confidence in the government agency.

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PKR, he said, was disappointed over the directions of the investigations and questioned ACA’s technical investigations to determine the authenticity of the clip.

Investigations in the technical sense can be done if the tape is handed over to its video experts or they could even call the people in the video but they are asking for the details of the source, he said.

Sivarasa said investigations had taken a wrong direction – similar to the nude ear-squat recording in 2005.

Investigations in that incident, he said, were centred on the person who captured the video and not the offence of misconduct where the woman was made to strip and carry out the act.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 4th October 2007 (link)

This is terrible and downright despotic. There are a few ways to disprove the video and let the matter die down over time. They already appointed a panel with (most likely) ‘sympathetic’ members (as mentioned in step 2 of my plan).  The only reason the government would resort to such heavy handed tactics is that someone high up is afraid (Chief Justice?) and wants to know who not to trust. Obviously the Whistle Blower is a friend of VK Lingam, so VK Lingam is out of the ‘Trusted Friends of Fairuz’ circle. But what other secrets does Whistle Blower have? Is he working somewhere close to Fairuz, gathering more information?

Both these men are important to KeADILan and having them give up their freedom would deal a severe blow to the party. They really are in a tough spot – if they give up Whistle Blower people will curse them for being dishonourable, the Opposition’s face suffers and the government will know who the disloyal Bunnie is. If they keep quiet and go to jail, Bunnies around the country will rejoice and the Opposition will lose two good people. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t – perhaps that is another motive involved here. In any case we will know the fate of these two men by next Friday. This reminds me of the American reporter who got jailed for not naming her source in the Valerie Plame Affair.

This incident lets me see the Panel members’ statements in a different light – they said they are independant and work with whatever material is available to them. So that means ACA can do what they like and the Panel is not to blame, they are just watching events unfold.

Hasn’t Anwar met with the royalty? The Agong should at least comment on this series of events no? Since the Chief Justice is right at the top of the Judiciary branch just like the PM is at the top of the Executive branch, it really is up to the Agong to look into this matter. Maybe he can’t because the video on its own is weak proof.

The only positive thing I can say is that instead of over-reacting like the government did in 2005 – where Malaysia expressed sadness (is that an apology?) to China via its ambassador  (because by some magic that partial footage was enough to identify her race and origin) – the government is making a show of investigating the video. For a refresher please read these news archives – China Daily, AsiaMedia, Centre for Independant Journalism. By positive I mean good for Bunnies, bad for the country.

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Written by ak57

October 5, 2007 at 4:55 am

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