Bank Pembanguan : Curi Wang Rakyat.
The four were alleged to have received about RM8mil in commission for approving a financial loan for a non-existent project. A bogus project is created with the purpose of securing a financial loan with inside help. After the loan was approved and the money disbursed, the company was shut down. The project was not implemented. The main suspect, upon receiving gratification, expedited the approval of the loan. The loan was let through without a feasibility study or due diligence. It was done without following bank procedures,
This Dato Zafer and his accomplices know what is right and what is wrong. While they take the teachings of the Koran to heart, in reality, to them, it is all mere rhetoric. And even when their spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. When greed rears its ugly head, they pilfer and pillage. This is now the way of those in whom much trust and responsibility reside for the proper management of this nation financial institutions. From Bank Negara down. From the Ministry of Finance down. From Khazanah, EPF, and any other institution where much public money resides. Why is this so?
When did this Dato Zafer, who must be a husband and father – a family man – started to conceive the idea of defrauding the very bank that he is President and Pengarah Urusan of, out of millions of ringgit? Is he the instigator of the fraud, a willing accomplice or was he simply swept along by a tide of greed that needed millions to satisfy? Surely as President and Pengarah Urusan of Bank Pembangunan, his salary must have been substantial. His perks would have been generous. His office, support and personal staff, adequate for a man of his position. As a Dato and Chairman of a Bank, his social standing and the respect he had from those around him must have been overwhelming. And yet he was prepared to risk losing all that with a criminal act for financial gain? Why? Why do so many Malays, Muslims, who are leaders and even pillars of society and captains of industry and politics – why do they risk it all for greed?
And now, how will his Datin of a wife, conduct herself? Does she continue with the life she is accustomed to as a Datin or does she run and hide in places unknown? And what of his children, if he has them. How will he explain his criminal acts to them? Will he say that he did it all for them? For their education, for their future? Did he steal to provide for his family? Surely a man in his position has more than enough to provide for any number of dependents and still have something left for a rainy day? Or not?
These are the thoughts running in my head every time I see another Malay, another Muslim, another Bumiputra who is holding high public office, arrested for wrongdoings. Arrested for taking money that does not belong to them. Arrested for betraying the trusts the rakyat have placed in them to manage the affairs of our nations. All these wrongdoings, all these arrests, and the subsequent prosecution, conviction, and incarcerations of these Malays scar my inner self because I too am a Malay. If another Malay is doing wrong, I too have to think what is that is within us Malays that makes them willing converts to religious dogma but weak, very weak of the flesh?
Can any Malay tell me why?