Use people’s power to bring about change, says govt critic


PETALING JAYA: A government critic today said voters should use people’s power through democratic means to build a new Malaysia after the 14th general election.

“The best power to save Malaysia is people’s power,” said Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a former Umno leader who was sacked from the party for being vocal over the 1MDB issue.

He said in the next general election, the people should use the people’s power to ensure Pakatan Rakyat is the new government.

“Allah’s power will overcome the immunity of the Attorney-General (AG) and then truth will emerge. God willing,” he said in a strongly worded statement.

Earlier today, a three-man bench threw out a leave application by the Malaysian Bar, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim and Khairuddin to determine the prosecutorial power of the AG.

Chief Justice Raus Sharif said that the AG’s discretion could not be questioned in court and this had been decided by a long list of past judicial pronouncements.

Last year, they challenged AG Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision to close a case following allegations that RM2.6 billion was deposited in Najib Razak’s bank accounts.

Justice Hanipah Farikullah dismissed the leave applications to initiate a judicial review by the three last November and the Court of Appeal upheld the findings in April.

Khairuddin said irrespective of the court ruling and the immunity enjoyed by the AG, his quest to uphold the truth would continue until he was successful.

“Today’s Federal Court ruling was expected and not shocking. However, I respect the rule of law,” said Khairuddin who was present to follow the proceeding.

He said the people should not give up hope and be mindful that the people’s power was most effective to fight misdeeds.

He said public servants who abetted and conspired to cover up misdeeds must be punished without compromise when there was a change in government.

Khairuddin said the masses could no longer expect changes through government institutions as they had been destroyed.

“These institutions could no longer take legal actions against criminals who are traitors to the race, religion and the nation,” he added.