MACC Panel Advisor Robert Phang calls A-G Gani Patail a Rogue

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In his New Year Resolution Wish for all Malaysians, Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin,  Panel Advisor, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sent a sobering message to  our Prime Minster, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his government. He asked our Prime Minister to handle firmly IKIM, PERKASA and Attorney-General Gani Patail.

Phang launched a veiled yet blistering attack against these three destructive elements that threaten unity, truth and justice in our country. While many perceived IKIM’s statement on Santa Claus to be irrational, religious intolerance towards other faiths became more apparent when Prime Minister Najib’s aides directed church officials to remove crucifixes and other overt Christian symbols from being displayed at the Catholic Archbishop‘s Christmas tea party at Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur which was attended by PM Najib. The whole objective of the PM’s presence to show unity and promote racial harmony, and religious tolerance (1Malaysia) was immediately erased.

Tan Sri Robert Phang

In the same press statement which was posted by Malaysia Today,Phang also took a swipe at A-G Gani Patail. Referring to a statement, made only a few days ago, by YB Salahudin Ayob, Vice President of PAS, that  Gani Patail is a “Bajingan dalam Kerajaan”, the crusader Tan Sri also called AG Gani Patail a rogue element in government and questioned the A-G‘s exercise of his prosecutorial powers which smacks of selective prosecution bordering on persecution. He said that it is frightening that the whole machinery of the A-G’s office and the MACC can be used against an innocent citizen in relation to the A-G’s treatment of Lawyer Rosli Dahlan.

Lawyer Rosli Dahlan isolated and left in the cold

I praise Phang for his press statement. It is an inspiring and brave statement. It is refreshing when someone within the establishment, like  Phang, dares to criticise what is wrong within the government. He makes it clear that his membership in the MACC Panel is not just to be a rubber stamp.  If there is one Tan Sri who has earned that honorific title, it has to be Phang.

Thus, the best I can do is to reproduce his Press Statement below. Thank you,Tan Sri Robert Phang and my best wishes to you for 2011. Our campaign for justice and national unity is far from over. In fact, it has just begun and the journey ahead is arduous and full of risks for all civil activists.