Bounty for exposing Dr M: Good idea, but flawed method
by Khalid Ahmad
Congratulation to Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAGM) for coming up with the noble idea of rewarding informants who can prove Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s alleged corruption. I love it. Malaysians can all go information hunting now for the bounty.
The members of this group must be a bunch of honest and sincere people themselves – and generous to boot, considering the RM1 million they are offering. I assume they have plenty more stashed somewhere.
However, while the idea is good, the implementation has been flawed right from the start.
You see, you should not name your target before you have any evidence on him. If CAGM fails to get any evidence on Mahathir, it will be an easy target for a RM1 billion defamation suit by the former prime minister.
Is RM1 billion too much? Certainly not, since Mahathir is a global personality and he was the PM for 22 years. Furthermore, in the age of the Internet, a defamatory statement spreads across the world instantly.
So, how can CAGM achieve its objective? I suggest that it widen its target. It should check on all prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, chief ministers, secretaries-general, directors-general, municipality presidents and many more officials – past and present.
So, CAGM, get the billions ready. This is much better than BRIM because we have to earn it.
I am for you.
Khalid Ahmad is an FMT reader.
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