Has Najib Razak been barred from leaving the country?
I deliberated upon this issue more than two weeks ago after the earth shattering WSJ report which exposed that approximately USD 700 million was channelled into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak's personal bank accounts. That is about RM2.6 billion ringgit.
Now, two weeks down the road, there has been many interesting developments, including a few clowns who have been trying to amuse us Malaysians with their tall tales and 'conspiracy to topple the Government' stories.
So far there has been two arrests by the Task Force which is investigating the 'channelling of billions of ringgit into the Prime Minister's personal bank accounts'. Understandably, critics and able-minded Malaysians who are tired with the 1MDB drama are looking for a quick end. Some say those arrested are just the 'small fry' while the sharks are still scheming to cover up.
Those concerned, including individuals entrusted to lead vital institutions and agencies must always remind themselves that they are appointed to serve the country and her people and not any particular individual or groups. These trusted men and women must specifically remember that they are not the servant of the Prime Minister or any other politicians and/or their family members. If your mind goes astray, remember your oath of office before DYMM YDP Agong. Public perception and trust in your institution is vital, as such don't continue to plant seeds of doubt via unbecoming conducts. Remember that you are high level civil servants and not any politicians' errand boys. Leave the running of errands to capable Ministers, the likes of Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Ahmad Maslan.
Coming back to the issue at hand, has the Prime Minister and his close family members (including his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor) been barred from leaving the country? I suppose that would be the right thing to do as Najib is the main suspect in the USD 700 million money in the bank investigations. Najib is directly and indirectly implicated in far too many crimes of abuse of power, tax evasion, possible money laundering and slightly smaller ones like telling lies in Dewan Rakyat.
There has also been some expose of the approximately RM2million deposit into full-time housewife Rosmah's personal account. All these can't be swept under the carpet while screaming at the top of your voice that 'there is a conspiracy to topple the Government'.
All Malaysians are interested in at this moment is to nab and nail those band of robbers, particularly their big boss... whoever that is.
With the latest arrests, those who still place their full trust and confidence in the Task Force are hoping that the noose is tightening for the culprits who conspired to rob this nation.
Malaysians view the arrests as initial steps towards a bigger catch. Though the sceptics are still around there is overwhelming hope and renewed confidence in the enforcement agencies i.e. the Task Force following these arrests.
I just hope we don't let the big fish to escape, knowingly, before the net is cast.