PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang (pix) has called on the Parliament to honour “heroes and heroines” who have played a role in combating corruption, including those who helped expose the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
The DAP stalwart specifically singled out the late senior deputy public prosecutor, Datuk Kevin Anthony Morais, who was earlier this week honoured posthumously by the Perdana International Anti-Corruption Champion Foundation (PIACCF) for his efforts in fighting graft.
“Parliament, which is reconvening next month, should honour Kevin Morais who gave his life in the battle against corruption and the heroes and heroines who saved Malaysia from the 1MDB kleptocracy,” he said in a statement today.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had, on Tuesday, presented the award to Morais’ brother, Datuk Richard Morais, who accepted it on his behalf.
Mahathir had also gave special mention to former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, former Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull for their roles in exposing 1MDB.
Lim, who is Iskandar Puteri MP, said should his suggestion for these Malaysians to be honoured in Parliament be approved, it would also be a good test of whether the opposition truly supported Mahathir’s commitment to transform Malaysian.
This comes amidst speculations that Umno and PAS were considering forming a new Malay-based government together with Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).
Commenting further, Lim said Malaysia should not put its foot down in its attempt to clear the country of all forms of corruption, despite making progress on this front following the change of government on May 9, 2018.
He said although Malaysia has climbed to number 51 out of 180 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2019, its score of 53 out of 100 was still low and most unsatisfactory.