Malaysiakini Letter

Improper for PM to comment on charges against ex-PM

G Selva  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | I was taken aback by the revelation that there is a perfect case against the former PM.

It is opined, however, that the new PM has jumped the gun in commenting on his predecessor's charges and going into some detail of the evidence gathered.

Deja vu don't you think?

It brings back memories of 1998 when statements of guilt were made against Anwar Ibrahim before the commencement of his trial. Today, Anwar has been pardoned and his trials been declared miscarriages of justice.

We can ill-afford another round of such injustices and the adverse impact it would have on the credibility of the present government.

The PM is inadvertently an interested party in more ways than one and it would be prudent for the Attorney-General's chambers to advise him accordingly as they scrutinise the evidence before them.

It is the final part of the jigsaw puzzle in the 1MDB saga before the battle begins in the courts. Biased comments on the evidence by those in position can affect the validity of the outcome.

The chambers has the heavy task of ensuring that justice is not only being done but seen to be done and that it is done fairly and professionally for all parties concerned.

Transparency does not require a detailed revelation of the nation's state of affairs.

There is a limit to what can be revealed and although transparency is good for administrative accountability it is better to be discreet with matters that can affect socio-economic confidence. Those in position at the moment are new to the job and will - in due course - get the hang of it with time.

Although time may not be on their side this shortcoming is compensated by integrity, honour and pride. These values are in abundance with the new administration.

Nevertheless, old horses and old habits die hard as we move into the second month of Malaysia Baru.

From the nation's financial situation to the exposures of more financial misappropriations, we find ourselves immersed in a quagmire of public officials who have enriched themselves by abusing their positions in government service.

It would be prudent to focus on ensuring that the black sheep are weeded out and only those with integrity be retained in significant positions.

Reforms and restoring the integrity of the civil service should be the main priority. Leave the prosecution of “MO1” to the relevant limbs of the criminal justice system and let the law take its course.

The PM or any other person for that matter must be advised firmly to stop all official comments on the case with immediate effect.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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