I am not sure how the game is played anymore. But I believe its got to do with who the ACA (anti-corruption agency) officials report to. If they report to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the prime minister, then they should have no qualms about getting to the bottom of the Lingam tape fiasco. I mean, they would be overwhelmingly delighted to expose the tape even, for after all, it all happenned during the time of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad. And we all know, there is no love lost between the two power greedy individuals.
The video clip – taken in 2002 – showed lawyer VK Lingam in a tele-conversation purportedly with Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim on appointing friendly judges to the higher courts. Arent they all friends of Mahathir’s?
But the ACA is not doing Abdullah a favour, are they? Could it be that the ACA is independent minded after all?
It worries me why the ACA keeps on badgering the Opposition – first it was lawyer R. Sivarasa and party worker Sim Tze Sin – to reveal the source of the video clip. Now they want PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim to hand in the original clip or go to jail. Why does the ACA need the original tape when they have enough information in the tape that has been given to them?
It worries me because the whistle blower’s life now is at stake, while the two individuals compromised in the clip are still having a gala time. “Instead of going after the thief, they (ACA) are going after the person who has pointed out the thief,” Opposition member of Parliament and lawyer Karpal Singh.
Which brings me to the BIG picture. Who’s running the country now? If it’s Abdullah, he’s certainly letting go a very good opportunity now to nail his enemies.
And we are certainly going to miss the boat again, as Steven Gan says, of making our country a better place, not the “Lingam’ way, though.