Yesterday we had a glimpse of the Attorney General reading out a script prepared for his press conference. This was his first time facing the media after his sudden appointment replacing the previous AG at the end of last July. It is unfortunate that he declined to have a question and answer session for the media. Perhaps, the questions asked might be too difficult to answer.
Regardless, the AG Chamber had used the press conference to defend 1MDB against the charges made by Bank Negara Malaysia.
Using form over substance, instead of substance over form, the AG cited technicality rather than the spirit of the law in order to justify why he is not prosecuting 1MDB.
Below are some of the reaction by commentators regarding the statement from the AG in The Malaysian Insider today:
The reaction by the public reflects their ability to see through the smokescreen and the facade on what is more important. The issue at hand here is certainly not why BNM did not ask further clarification.
The issue is actually how 1MDB had subsequently renege on the motive in remitting the billions of money overseas. Substance over form. Instead of doing exactly what they had originally disclosed to BNM, the monies ended up in places not revealed to BNM until at a much later stage.
Note that this is the same AG which back in August had claimed that the task force investigating 1MDB has been disbanded and in its place, has renamed a previous task force which had investigated money related crimes, and this task force will not investigate 1MDB.
But after he was chided by the Royal Council last week, the AG backtracked to say that the task force was never disbanded and he had never made such statement to that effect!
Oh dear, the cock and bull epidemic that has plagued 1MDB and Prime Minister’s office has now infected the AG chambers!
Even the MACC confirmed in their August 5th press statement that the task force was disbanded.
If the task force was indeed never been dissolved, then why did one of the MACC bosses urged AG to reactivate the task force? More than that, he made a disclosure that the task force has not met since July!
The flip flop statements made by this government is embarrassing. We are already an embarrassment during the International Anti-Corruption Conference last month.
One young Malaysian even called our Prime Minister a national disgrace. And the fact that the giants in Malaysian politics are accusing the government for abuse of power is very telling.
The arrests of Malaysian citizens for making reports on wrongdoings of a government and charging them for sabotaging the economy is mind-boggling and cruel. Even the draconian ISA had never been used on people who made reports.
Perhaps the government is confident and believe that they have strong support from the people in the next general election. Nevermind the fact that the wife of the persecuted has about 600,000 followers on her social media account.
If only 10% of her followers decided not to vote for Barisan Nasional, the government will lose about 25 parliamentary seats it had won by under 2,000-vote majority.
Just like one veteran politician had said, “why do things that will only upset more people towards the government?”
Hopefully the AG will find it in his heart to do the right thing.
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