Monday, September 14, 2015

Should not guilt be proven instead?

Salleh Said Keruak

This is what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad  has said regarding the Al-Jazeera documentary on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu:

“Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has to clear our name and not simply claim that it was released to subvert the government.”

“Proof must be given that the murder, cover-up, the police involvement were not true and that Abdul Razak Baginda was in no way guilty of the terrible crime.”

“Merely saying that it’s not true may convince some Malaysians. However, the majority and foreigners will not be convinced.”

“It’s not pleasant to be told that the Prime Minister of Malaysia may be involved in murder.”

First of all, the court has already tried this case and has come out with its verdict. Is Dr Mahathir saying that the Malaysian courts cannot be trusted and that Malaysian judges are crooked? If not why is Dr Mahathir questioning the court and is insinuating that the court is not honest, which actually tantamount to contempt of court.

Dr Mahathir must remember that back in 1998 when he was Prime Minister the same allegation was made against him regarding the Anwar Ibrahim's corruption and sodomy trials. And Dr Mahathir replied that he is leaving it to the court to decide Anwar’s guilt or innocence, as the case may be. In fact, one lawyer who questioned the judge was actually charged for contempt of court.

Secondly, it is not up to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to prove his innocence, as Dr Mahathir suggests. It is for the court to prove his guilt. And the court has already discharged Abdul Razak Baginda. So in what other way is Dr Mahathir suggesting that Najib clear his name? Is there another method other than through the courts?

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