UPDATE- Apologies to my young and younger journalist colleagues for confusing them with my hearty laughter when they asked me about the Attorney General’s decision to absolve the Prime Minister of wrongdoings in relation to the SRC International and the RM2.6 billion “donations”.
More so because I was laughing at their expense. I was amused by the "sound" of their desperation. I don’t blame them because (Tan Sri) Mohamed Apandi Ali's decision, though expected, was baffling to the sane mind.
But as an older person and a journalist of more than four decades I had seen many extraordinary and unbelievable events so as to be stumped and stung by Apandi's decision.
His decision instantaneously brought to mind a similar "no case" ruling by a former AG involving sex-related allegations against the former Malacca Chief Minister, (Tan Sri) Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik.
It was a difficult time for us editors because Abdul Rahim was an effective CM and was much loved by then Prime Minister (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
My advise to my younger colleagues and the rest of despondent Malaysians is not to play god and let history runs its course. There are things in life that are best left to divinity.
As for the extraordinary appointment of Apandi to the board of Tabung Haji, the timing could not have been less inauspicious. It confirms the suspicion that something abnormal is happening at the pilgrims fund. His appointment suggests that there could have been a criminal act, which if not properly manage, could end up in court.
With the events of today, Apandi elevated himself to the status of troubleshooter extraordinaire of the Prime Minister in just over half a year - a meteoric rise indeed.
The Court of Justice may not have the chance to prove or disapprove Mohd Najib’s culpability. He may be safe from prosecution for now.
But despite the AG closing the case, the court of public opinion will continue to try him.
As for all of us, we have to do some serious soul searching if we care for this country and its future.
For those god-fearing officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC), they too should search their souls. Can they continue to serve the agency after this?
It is a matter of time that it will be taken over by the puppet-on-the-string type in order to secure and close shut what the AG announced today.
MALAYSIAN Attorney General says will instruct anti-graft agency to close probe into PM Najib; no further action to be taken – Reuter SMS
For more read here.
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