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Paulsen: Get the 1MDB culprits, not Husni

 | November 5, 2016

Lawyers for Liberty chief says former minister Husni was acting in public interest and carrying out his duty as an MP.


PETALING JAYA: It is more important to investigate those involved in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad issue than former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, says Lawyers for Liberty head Eric Paulsen.

He said the authorities should investigate 1MDB and its billions in losses as the issue was being investigated around the world.

“What Husni raised is in public interest and he was only carrying out his duty as a parliamentarian,” said Paulsen, commenting on a police investigation on Husni into whether he had revealed government secrets in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, has alleged that Husni had tried to incite the people into believing that Prime Minister Najib Razak had committed an offence, even though investigations into 1MDB had not been completed.

Furthermore, he said the police had enough reason to also investigate two other former ministers, Muhyiddin Yassin and Shafie Apdal for the same offences.

Paulsen described the move to investigate Husni as a dirty tactic to scare the Opposition and any critic of 1MDB. “Even though sedition is not protected by parliamentary privilege, it is clear the authorities want to investigate Husni and the others just because they raised the issue of 1MDB.”

He charged that this was an abuse of police powers and the extension of this abuse against Parliament which should be safe from any form of repression, indicated the shrinking room for democracy.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that ministers and former ministers were bound by the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and could not claim immunity when speaking about matters classified under the said Act in the Dewan Rakyat.

He said this after police reports were lodged by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) and Sahabat N87 Federal Territory, two groups who claimed that the three former ministers had violated the OSA.


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