A-G to release statement on Lingam’s case

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamad revealed today that the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail will release a special statement soon on the controversial closure of Datuk V.K. Lingam’s case.

Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, in a written reply in Parliament last week to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, had said that no action would be taken against Lingam.

He said the A-G had found “no case” against the senior lawyer.

Abu Kassim refused to comment on claims by PKR vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah that he will present the missing key witness in Lingam’s infamous New Zealand trip with former Chief Justice Tun Eusoff Chin in Parliament soon.

Lingam was implicated in a scandal involving senior judges and found by a royal commission to be the person recorded “fixing” the appointment of judges.

The royal commission found strong evidence against Lingam and in its report suggested that action be taken against him and others implicated in the infamous “correct, correct, correct” recording.

Other figures implicated include Eusoff, Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and tycoon Vincent Tan, a close friend of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Photos also emerged of Eusoff and Lingam together on a holiday in New Zealand in the late 1990s.