Saturday, July 4, 2015

Why does Najib need to prove his innocence?

Salleh Said Keruak

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been accused of stealing US$700 million or RM2.6 billion in cash and of transferring it into his personal bank account.

According to Malaysiakini, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has confirmed that he has seen the documents related to the allegation that US$700 million or RM2.6 billion in cash has been transferred it into Najib’s personal bank account. Gani, however, issued a statement contradicting the Malaysiakini report.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has asked the government to act immediately on allegations that US$700 million or RM2.6 billion of 1MDB’s cash has been transferred to Najib’s personal bank account.

“This allegation is very serious and can affect Najib’s credibility and integrity as prime minister and head of government. Therefore, it is my stance that the relevant investigative authorities, such as the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, Bank Negara Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Police with the cooperation of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, must act immediately to investigate all allegations made against Najib,” said Muhyiddin, according to Malaysiakini.

PKR, in turn, has issued a statement asking Najib to prove he is innocent of these allegations. If he really did not steal US$700 million or RM2.6 billion of 1MDB’s cash and did not transfer it into his personal bank account then he must prove it.

According to PKR, Najib has to prove that he is innocent of the allegations. PKR did not say that the AG must prove Najib’s guilt. So it looks like the new standards of justice is you are guilty until proven innocent.

DAP wants the Cabinet to pass a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister and asks whether the AG dares take action against Najib if there is evidence of any wrongdoing. DAP is casting doubts and is suggesting that even if the AG does find evidence of a crime nothing is going to happen.

DAP is pre-empting the AG and its telling the public that the AG will clear the Prime Minister come what may. In short, DAP is suggesting that the AG is not an honest man and cannot be depended on to do the right thing. Why even bother, then, to ask the AG to investigate this matter?

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