KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Kit Siang will not keep quiet or turn his eyes and ears away till he sees both former attorney general (AG) Tan Sri Apandi Ali and former inspector-general of police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar probed and perhaps charged in court.
Once again, he today urged Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe these two high ranked former officials over alleged involvement in the 1MDB scandal, abuse of power and conflict of interest.
He also reminds MACC about a dormant report against former attorney general Tan Sri Apandi Ali that MACC received in 2016 in which Apandi was accused of abuse in siding and clearing Former Prime Minister Najib of any wrongdoing and covering up the 1MDB scandal.
According to the news portal MalayMail, Lim said Former IGP Khalid’s role in the global corruption scandal must also be examined.
“Investigations should be initiated to establish whether Khalid, as the then inspector-general of police and a member of the Special Task Force of four Tan Sris (attorney general, police, MACC and Bank Negara) on the 1MDB scandal, was responsible for the series of events known as the ‘Week of Long Knives July/August 2015.
“In the New Malaysia which Pakatan Harapan wants to build after the 14th General Election, no person is above the law however high his office or status, whether as prime minister, cabinet minister, attorney general and high officers of state,” Lim said in a statement.
The new government Pakatan Harapan (PH) which took to power after general election May 2018 removed Apandi as the AG last year and replaced him with Tommy Thomas.
Under this new government, Najib is facing 42 charges related to 1MDB scandal, money laundering, bribe and abuse of power that former AG and IGP allegedly closed their eyes on when they were in charge.
Najib is currently on trial for seven of the charges involving SRC International.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, who is also The Iskandar Puteri MP, also wants to know if newly minted MACC chief Latheefa Koya will investigate former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, MalaysiaKini reported yesterday.
Lim claimed that the report against Apandi in January 2016 for abuse of power and conflict of interest was not fully investigated by the MACC then.
The then MACC chief was Mohd Shukri Abdull who was appointed by PH last year on May 19, 2018 after Barisan Nasional`s defeat.
It is said that he retired before his contract ended, while Latheefa Koya was appointed as the new MACC chief and took over last week.
“Among other criminal acts both Najib and Apandi had committed was the offence under Section 16, MACC Act – Najib offering the post of attorney-general to Apandi, and Apandi accepting the post, as an inducement to clear Najib of corruption charges and to stop further investigation against him.
“Under the law, gratification includes any office or employment and Apandi did accept the post of AG and subsequently cleared Najib of all corruption offences,” Lim was quoted as saying in a statement yesterday.
According to reports, after his appointment, Apandi cleared Najib of the RM2.6 billion donation scandal, saying investigations showed that the original sum of US$681 (RM2,6) million transferred to Najib personal bank account between March 22 and April 10, 2013, was a “personal donation from the Saudi royal family,” and as such he ordered to close the case. – Malaysia World News