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Anwar should not bark up the wrong tree but concede the fact that the AG must be solely responsible for discharging the charges against Zahid. If the AG was responsible, the next question that needs to be asked is who then gave the orders for the DNAA?
Prof Ramasamy Palanisamy, Focus Malaysia
I DON’T think there was judicial interference by the executive or the government in deciding the outcome of the 47 charges levelled against UMNO president and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Whether the changing of the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) at the last minute gravitated towards the decision of DNAA also needs to be examined.
I agree with Malaysian Bar Council president Karen Cheah that the High Court judge is not to be blamed especially when the DPP had presented to the judge the need to discharge the charges against Zahid.
It was a kind of fait accompli that the judge had to comply especially when it came from the prosecutor of the office of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
The case received much attention because earlier the judge had acknowledged on the basis of the prosecution’s advice there was a prima facie case against Zahid.
Of course, it never occurred to sensible minds that the prosecution would make an about turn to go for the DNAA.
It might even have caused a stir in the judicial circles. Such a decision could have caused an irreparable damage to the judiciary that slowly and surely emerged after years of domination of the executive especially during the authoritarian former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim rightfully denied the government’s interfere in the judiciary. Here we are not talking about the judiciary but the AG who was solely responsible for discharging Zahid not on one charge but all 47 charges of misappropriating funds from his Yayasan Akalbudi.
Anwar should not bark up the wrong tree but concede the fact that the AG must be solely responsible for discharging the charges against Zahid.
If the AG was responsible, the next question that needs to be asked is who then gave the orders for the DNAA?