It’s official: Alleged UMNO Crony Tan Sri Musa Aman has been fully acquitted of 46 charges of corruption and money laundering related to the award of logging contracts during his tenure as Sabah’s chief minister.
When I first heard of his appeal for his charges to be dropped back in February, I actually laughed out loud. I thought to myself, no way. I mean, come on.. This guy has 46 charges stacked against him during a time where corruption was rife within the government.
You don’t even have to take my word for it, ask most Sabahans and they’ll tell you just how they feel about him. Surely, they now feel betrayed by the ruling. It’s sad to say but Musa Aman’s acquittal should come as no surprise.
Ever since Perikatan Nasional came into power with a backdoor government, many questionable decisions have been made. For starters, Mr. Zahid “47 charges in court” Hamidi is back in the picture and that in itself is enough to raise eyebrows.
As if that wasn’t enough, two weeks ago Najib’s stepson Riza “The Wolf of Wall Street” Aziz was cleared of charges of money laundering, in spite of the fact that the money Aziz offered to return would’ve been returned regardless.
The money is US DOJ seized assets, it was coming back to Malaysia anyway. There was also so much confusion as to whom exactly it was that OK’d the acquittal, but hey… smoke and mirrors I guess.
The fact of the matter is that this is the second high profile discharge of people tied with the previous Barisan Nasional administration since the Perikatan Nasional government was installed in March, and I fear that it won’t be the last.
Just four days ago, Najb Tun Razak’s corruption trial relating to funds misappropriated from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), finally came to a close. As you’d expect, Najib’s defence team blamed it all on Jho Low.
The argument presented by Najib’s lawyer Shafee Abdullah, who IRONICALLY is also on trial for money laundering and tax evasion (yes, it doesn’t get much better than this), was that Najib is a victim of a scam. Yup!. Ignore the audacity of it all, this is some next level lawyering right here.
You may think it’s impossible but Najib Tun Razak, the man at the centre of the 1MDB scandal may actually walk away from all this with a slap on the wrist or at worst, scot-free.
It was a monumental win for Malaysia when Najib was charged in court. In fact, he’s the first Prime Minister to have ever been charged in court but the reality of the situation that’s currently unfolding means that all that hard work may just have been for naught.
With a July 28 verdict set by the judge, don’t be too surprised if Najib is acquitted of the charges against him. Perikatan Nasional may not be Barisan Nasional, but it’s certainly not the government that we voted for, and it’s really starting to show.