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In Malaysia among the Malays, great wealth is almost always synonymous with politicians and political cronies. Besides Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary, the wealthiest Malay corporate figure whose father’s business started well before his so called political connection to  a section of the ruling party, many of the others have apparently benefited financially through political nepotism and cronyism.

Which politicians with posts in the ruling party appear poor? Check out their mansions and look at those luxury cars that they flaunt. And where do they send their children to study? UK, US, Australia and the likes and no, not Egypt , thank you. And No wonder they fight tooth and nail to stay in power. Stay in power at all cost because the bounty is just huge and conceivably limitless.

If MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) were to investigate and arrest all these blood-suckers, there would not be enough officers to deal with the massive exercise and so they would go initially after those on whom they have already accumulated 85% of the evidence and so today we read of a politician who is in this category.

The politician in question  was brought from MACC building to the Putrajaya Court complex in handcuffs today and was later freed on bail.

This man has an impressive history of an ascent in politics. He appears not to have been born with a silver spoon like Najib,Hishamuddin and Mukhriz, and so he joined politics through, among others, a race-based organisation.  He was the President of Malaysian Youth Council in the mid-90s and also the President of Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) – Federation of Peninsular Malay Students, a stepping stone to being a full politician and indeed he was the former one-term State Assemblyman (Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) (1995-1999)  for Benta, Pahang.

Among the luxury cars seized from his house

Among the luxury cars seized from his house

And not surprisingly, 10 luxury cars including Toyota Alphard, Golf GTI, Toyota Vellfire, Camry and Porsche , belonging to this man who has the honorific title of a Datuk, have been seized by MACC to assist in its investigation. Just note the sheer number of those expensive vehicles. Even if he had eight children, with a car each, it still doesn’t explain where the money comes from to afford those wheels on the pension of an Assemblyman unless he has a business that is doing great which I doubt as he has styled himself as an active welfare worker. We have yet to find out that source of wealth.

The said politician is reportedly being investigated by MACC  for allegedly misappropriating  funds belonging to a Government welfare programme which comes under the 1AZAM programme launched in 2010. It is a government initiative under the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to provide employment opportunities to the hardcore poor in the business, service and agriculture sectors. Could this billion Ringgit programme be his bottomless coffers?

The scrutiny on all his and his family’s bulk of assets including bank accounts and those PNB unit trusts and shares in the stock market will reveal the extent of this man’s wealth which could be analysed and hence compared to his genuinely earned total income over the years before and after his posting as the political secretary to the said Ministry.

Suhaimi Ibrahim - former Political Secretary to Shahrizat -under probe for corruption

Suhaimi Ibrahim – former Political Secretary to Shahrizat -under probe for corruption

Of course one is considered innocent until proven guilty but my observation of these types of MACC cases, many could be successfully prosecuted if good preparations are made, putting to stand witnesses of integrity and that the judiciary would not emphasize too much on technicalities. May justice be done.

And so Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, the time has come to account for your wealth which you so flaunt with shameless glee.

And yet something is bugging me about this man’s connection to Shahrizat Jalil by virtue of him being her former Political Secretary when the offence is said to have taken place. The rather impertinent UMNO Wanita Chief, the former Minister at the Ministry concerned, is seeking a re-election on October 12, 2013 before the  UMNO General Assembly in December despite the Cowgate scandal involving her husband and children.

Suhaimi was also reported to have ever served as a Political Secretary to  Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, PM Najib’s predecessor. Khairy, the son-in-law of Badawi had ever defended Shahrizat at the height of the infamous scandal. Khairy is also seeking re-election as UMNO Youth Chief. Do we sense factions here?

The timing of this latest development is both interesting and intriguing.


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