DAP triggered a royal rumble to promote graft suspect Arif

 |Jan 18, 2017
Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Mohd Arif Ab Rahman is being investigated for graft by MACC.
Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Mohd Arif Ab Rahman is being investigated for graft by MACC.

“Sec-gen Mohd Arif, his two sons remanded in corruption probe,” said The Star on 5th January 2016.

Mohd Arif Ab Rahman is Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general.

What is most interesting is that he used to be the Selangor financial officer who, in 2010, DAP wanted promoted to the post of Selangor secretary.

The Sultan of Selangor, however, refused and instead appointed Mohd Khusrin Munawi as the new Selangor secretary effective from Jan 1, 2011.

This made DAP very angry and for about a month Selangor was engulfed in a Constitutional Crisis.

DAP wanted Mohd Arif but the sultan refused to appoint him as the state secretary.

On Sept 29, 2010, Malaysiakini reported ‘Kelayakan Khusrin jadi SUK Selanggor dipertikai’, and the report said:
“Kelayakan Datuk Khusrin Munawi sebagai setiausaha kerajaan (SUK) negeri Selangor yang baru, mula dipertikaikan, antaranya ekoran ‘kontroversi’ yang melingkarinya. Pengarah Komunikasi PKR Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad berkata, sikap Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) itu yang seolah-olah ingin sabotaj kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat di Selangor selama ini hendaklah diambil kira.”

Arif-DAP link

The fact that as the Selangor Financial Officer Mohd Arif already had dirty hands and many people knew about it was perplexing to the Sultan.

DAP, too, knew that Mohd Arif was dirty and yet they wanted him to be promoted to the post of state secretary.

That can only mean DAP was also benefiting from whatever it was that Mohd Arif was doing.

As far back as 2009 there were already stories going around about the deal that Mohd Arif made with Pakatan Rakyat.

It seems whatever deals they do, Mohd Arif gets half and half was given to the party.

Initially, the suspect was Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim but then Khalid agreed with the sultan that Mohd Arif should not be given the job of Selangor secretary.

Later, evidence began surfacing that it was not Khalid that Mohd Arif was dealing with but DAP.

Mohd Arif’s ‘agents’ in DAP were Teresa Kok and Tony Pua.
Mohd Arif’s ‘agents’ in DAP were Teresa Kok and Tony Pua.

Mohd Arif’s ‘agents’ in DAP were Teresa Kok and Tony Pua.

In fact, there were many incidences when Teresa Kok and Tony Pua pressured Khalid to approve certain deals but the menteri besar stood his ground and refused to give in.

Once they even brought Nurul Izzah Anwar along hoping that she would be able to ‘soften’ Khalid but it did not work.

Khalid still refused to approve the deals, mostly involving land.

Khalid even questioned them as to why they are lobbying him on behalf of developers when the deal was not at all favourable to the state.

Billion ringgit land deals

One deal involved billions worth of Selangor state land.

What Teresa Kok, Tony Pua and Nurul Izzah wanted Khalid to do is to approve it to a certain company on a 25-year repayment basis.

Another company was prepared to pay a far higher price, and in cash instead of over 25-years.

When Khalid spoke to that company and informed them that their bid was not competitive, they told him that the offer was suggested by Teresa and Tony and they said that the menteri besar would agree to it.

In fact, said the company, they were prepared to pay a higher price and match the competitor’s bid but they were told to offer the lower price and pay DAP the difference.

They were also told that the people inside the Selangor government, in particular the state financial officer, was with them and would support the offer when it goes to the executive council meeting for approval.

Finally Mohd Arif has been caught.

This is the man who lined his pockets when he was the Selangor financial officer.

This is the man who DAP wanted promoted to the post of Selangor secretary.

When the sultan refused to approve the promotion, DAP triggered a Constitution Crisis and told His Highness that it was the politicians and not the sultan who runs the state. – Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.