AZMIN ALI

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Day: July 15, 2016

Media Statement: Carnage in Nice

PRESS RELEASE
15 JULY 2016

Carnage in Nice

I condemn in the strongest terms last night’s horrendous attack in Nice that killed at least 80 people and injured scores who were celebrating Bastille Day.

My prayers go out to the victims and their families in this outrageous act of mass murder.

While no group has claimed responsibility yet, there is no doubt that this is another instance of terrorism claiming the lives of innocent civilians including infants and mothers holding their babies.

Whatever may be the reason or cause, these acts of carnage can never be justified. While the attacker – the truck driver – has been killed, the presence of other weapons and explosives points to a pattern of terrorist acts which are being perpetrated across the world, often in the name of Islam.

Let us remain firm in condemnation of these heinous crimes and reject the notion that they can ever be justified in the name of Islam.

The perpetrators of these barbaric and merciless actsare the enemies of Islam. The principle of moderation and justice must prevail and we must stay resolute in our fight against the scourge of terrorism.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

Media Statement: Declassify the AG’s Report

Azmin: Declassify the AG’s Report

I call on Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak to immediately order the declassification of the Auditor-General’s report in the interest of transparency, accountability and good governance.

Failure to do so will only serve to reinforce the belief of a conspiracy at the highest levels to cover up the 1MDB scandal.

The Official Secrets Act is a piece of legislation that is intended to safeguard national security and ensure that sensitive intelligence and other confidential information does not fall into undesirable hands.

By no stretch of the imagination can it be argued that the AG’s findings on 1MDB be justifiably classified within this category of sensitive information. Continuing to classify it as such is therefore a blatant abuse of power and executive authority in a manner and degree unprecedented in the history of our nation.

It is most regrettable that instead of listening to the rakyat to do the right thing, the powers that be have doubled down on their threat to prosecute for treason the leaking of the 1MDB report. This is yet another instance of the arrogance of power which is now symptomatic of an administration which considers itself above the law and the requirements of transparency and accountability.

It should be remembered that exposing the truth of the massive 1MDB scandal is not a political game but a duty incumbent on all leaders be they from the government or the opposition. Transparency is sunlight, which is said to be the best of disinfectants against corruption and shady dealings.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

Kenyataan Media: Ubah segera status laporan AG

Azmin: Ubah segera status laporan AG

Saya menggesa Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Najib Razak untuk mengubah segera status laporan Ketua Audit Negara demi ketelusan, kebertanggungjawaban dan tatakelola yang baik.

Kegagalan berbuat demikian hanya akan mengukuhkan lagi anggapan tentang kewujudan konspirasi peringkat tertinggi untuk melindungi skandal 1MDB.

Akta Rahsia Rasmi adalah satu bentuk undang-undang yang bertujuan untuk mempertahankan keselamatan nasional dan memastikan maklumat risikan yang sensitif dan sulit tidak jatuh ke tangan pihak yang tidak diingini.

Maka, ia pastinya tidak pernah terlintas dalam fikiran sesiapa sekali pun yang dapatan Ketua Audit Negara berkenaan 1MDB wajar dikelaskan dalam kategori maklumat sulit ini.

Pendirian untuk mengkelaskan maklumat tersebut dalam bentuk demikian adalah satu salah guna kuasa dan autoriti eksekutif secara terang-terangan yang belum pernah tergamak dilakukan mana-mana pemimpin dalam sejarah negara ini.

Kita amat kesal dengan kerajaan ini yang bukan sahaja tidak mengendahkan tuntutan rakyat, tetapi pada masa sama menggandakan ugutan untuk mendakwa mereka yang membocorkan laporan 1MDB sebagai pengkhianat. Ini merupakan satu lagi petanda jelas keangkuhan kuasa sebuah pentadbiran yang menganggap dirinya berada di atas undang-undang serta tuntutan ketelusan dan kebertanggungjawaban.

Kita perlu ingat bahawa mendedahkan kebenaran di sebalik skandal 1MDB yang maha besar ini bukannya satu permainan politik. Ia adalah satu tanggungjawab yang wajib dipikul semua pemimpin dalam kerajaan atau pembangkang.

Ketelusan adalah ibarat cahaya matahari, yang diyakini ramai sebagai pencegah kuman terbaik bagi melawan penyakit rasuah serta urus niaga yang meragukan.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI