Another day, another ex-PM charged in court

People are not even excited over this development that we are making headway against graft 

THERE was, of course, something very familiar being acted out at the courts as we speak. 

A multitude of people crowded around the hideous concrete building that is otherwise known as the Kuala Lumpur Court complex, shouting injustice and other complaints as another former prime minister (PM) is called to answer graft charges. 

The charges against this former PM are also familiar. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is accused of graft amounting to hundreds of millions, RM427 million and change in fact. 

Though astronomical, Malaysians like me hardly bat an eyelid at the amounts politicians are regularly accused of manipulating to end up where they are not supposed to go. 

Muhyiddin was charged with unlawfully receiving RM195 million funds, between Feb 25 to July 16, 2021, and Feb 8 till July 8 last year. 

Muhyiddin are also charged with using his position as PM and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president to ask RM200 million as a bribe at his office in Putrajaya. 

He is also accused of soliciting RM32 million, also at his office. 

With the charges read last Friday, Muhyiddin is the third person from Bersatu accused of shenanigans under the cover of the previous government’s Jana Wibawa programme. 

Of course, by now after Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor et al, Malaysians are familiar with how these court proceedings go. 

Of course, the other former PM charged for insane amounts of graft under the cover of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was Najib. 

He is serving time, though no one has seen him in orange yet, after being found guilty on a side case of misappropriation a relatively small sum of RM42 million from 1MDB’s social responsibility funds. 

The crowds are offended about the same things in both Najib’s and Muhyiddin’s appearances at court. 

That they are not innocent and the prosecution is politically motivated. 

Though these reasons are oxymoronic. If governments can’t prosecute graft on politicians on the reasons that it will of course be politically motivated, then every stinking rich corrupt politician is immune. Muhyiddin is of course innocent as of today and he has all the rights of an innocent man. 

Malaysia guarantees that, the living proof is of course the deputy PM, who despite being on trial for multiple counts of graft, is not prevented from holding the second-highest office in the country. 

So, outside the free-styling worlds of politicians and social media, people are not even excited over this development that we are making headway against graft. — pic Bernama

  • ZB Othman is an editor at The Malaysian Reserve.

  • This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition