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Najib and Zahid, why the silence?

 | November 10, 2013

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says the silence of the duo on the allegations of wrongdoing by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail only proves the lack of transparency.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned the silence of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s following claims by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the Attorney-General’s Chambers hired two CIA agents.

“This wall of silence that has been surrounding the PM and his Home Minister is symptomatic of a larger problem that is afflicting the government of Najib Razak where demands for transparency and accountability continue to fall on deaf ears.” Anwar said in a statement.

Three days ago, a news portal reported former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad pressuring Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail by calling for a meeting with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

During the meeting, Mahathir claimed that the Attorney-General’s Chambers hired two CIA agents and Ahmad Zahid had agreed to launch an investigation into the matter.

Prior to that, Dr Mahathir met ex-Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, and prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Also present in the meeting were Dr Mahathir’s former political secretary Matthias Chang and former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff.

The five met up to discuss on Abdul Gani’s supposed involvement in the alleged fabrication of evidence in Anwar Ibrahim’s “black eye” case in 1998.

Gani has also been receiving heavy criticism for his manner in handling the Altantuya Shaariibbuu murder case, and PKFZ fiasco involving former transport minister Ling Liong Sik.

Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader, said Najib cannot ignore public demands for the truth to be revealed.  He also said Gani’s tenure as the AG must be stopped due to the serious allegations.

He also called upon Gani to explain to the public on the allegation against him by Mat Zain.

“Numerous police reports have already been filed by Mat Zain containing damning allegations against the AG.

“His failure to deny them would at the very least warrant an immediate suspension of duties,” said Anwar.


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