Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Media versus rational thinking over SUARAM’s Scorpene scandal

A scandal involving not only SUARAM, Malaysian human rights NGO but also the French government has been bouncing back and forth both countries in court.

Two submarines were bought by a French company with allegations in regards to SUARAM being bribe to secure the deal
Picture taken from Malaysian Insider
The media should use rational thinking in distinguishing facts and rumours reported as mentioned by News Straits Time on 9th October 2012 in regards to the Scorpene scandal’s on going trials at the French Court. Yves Charpenel, state prosecutor and an executive member of the International Association of Anti-CorruptionAuthorities (IAACA) says that the course of justice in France will not be dictated by the media. Two French lawyers who are representatives of human rights NGO SUARAM is said to be arriving end of October if they are able to obtain their visas from the Malaysian authorities.
Yves Charpenel, a former head of prosecution in France and now a state prosecutor and an executive member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA). Picture taken from News Straits Times

Investigations have been on since 22nd September 2012 when SUARAM was charged of allegations over foreign funding. The Malaysian government accuses SUARAM, or otherwise known as ‘Suara Rakyat Malaysia’ (Voice of the Malaysian People) for engagement in ‘subversive’ activities. The most recent claim is the controversy surrounding the Scorpene scandal. The Scorpene scandal accuses SUARAM of receiving bribes from a French company in securing a submarine deal. Mustafa, K. Anuar, secretary of Aliran says, “I believe SUARAM's recent activities in bringing the case to the French court is seen as something that is too close to home for PM Najib and his supporters.” 

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