Opposition MPs, an author and netizens have taken to social media to hail Rosmah Mansor’s guilty verdict on all three counts of corruption in connection with a solar energy project in Sarawak.
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto said corruption “must never be tolerated nor accepted” by Malaysians.
DAP, via the party’s official Twitter account, said: “Never underestimate the power of your vote.”
Former deputy women, family and community development minister Hannah Yeoh said the conviction proved that the Pakatan Harapan government did something on graft during its short stint in power, despite its political rivals laughing at its 22-month rule.
“Not even two years (in power), PH has managed to send a strong message regarding corruption in Malaysia,” she tweeted.
PKR’s Elizabeth Wong said today’s verdict showed that the votes of the people in the 14th general election were not wasted.
“The collective efforts to clean up Malaysia is just beginning,” the Bukit Lanjan assemblyman said in a statement.
She also said Putrajaya must find means to retrieve the money stolen from schools in Sarawak and make sure that the project continues.
“Our children’s education is at stake and we must not let them down a second time.”
Rosmah, 70, was convicted of soliciting RM194 million in total from former Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin through her former aide, Rizal Mansor, as an inducement to help the company secure the solar project.
Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, who had penned an expose on 1MDB, pointed out that the money could have been used to transform the lives of Sarawak’s school children but was instead purloined and wasted.
She told FMT this case was a textbook example of how people who lived with enormous resources and should, therefore, enjoy good lives were being robbed.
Meanwhile, Tom Wright, co-author of the Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World, said: “Malaysia is turning a corner.”
Rosmah was also trending on Twitter, with 23K tweets in the span of a few minutes, following the guilty verdict.
Netizens took to social media to “rejoice” over the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision, with many exclaiming “Merdeka!”.
One Twitter user @ZiffyOthman said the incident had restored her faith in justice and humanity.
“We Malaysians are strongly against corruption,” she said. – FMT