Kit Siang adds his voice to calls for Apandi to resign as AG

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KUALA LUMPUR: Hours after MP Ramkarpal Singh called on Attorney-General Apandi Ali to resign, veteran politician Lim Kit Siang issued a similar call.

The DAP leader said in a statement today that Apandi should act with dignity and resign. He also said all political appointees should do the honourable thing by resigning now that a new government was in place.

“The two-week stalling by Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali from resigning as attorney-general is petty and long enough – he should immediately resign without further ado if he does not want to be the greatest obstacle to legal reforms in Malaysian history.”

Apandi, he said, could not pretend that his appointment as attorney-general was “not akin to a political appointment”.

“It is completely untenable and undignified for Apandi to continue a single day as attorney-general especially as he does not enjoy any confidence whatsoever from the new Malaysian government.

“Leaving aside for the moment the most suspicious and even inauspicious circumstances in which his appointment as attorney-general was made in July 2015, Apandi, who had been a Federal Court judge, should not subject the high office of attorney-general to further indignity of being asked to go on leave and other forms of public humiliation.”

Lim said all political appointees, whether senators or those appointed to government-linked corporations and public bodies, should have submitted their resignations over the past two weeks, after the win by Pakatan Harapan in the 14th general election.

“Recently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad revealed that there are some 17,000 political appointees in the country, but the state of civic and political consciousness among these former wielders of power and influence in the country is so low and primitive that until now only the former Johor Bahru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad had acted honourably in resigning as Felda chairman after the general election.

“What are these 17,000 political appointees waiting for instead of submitting their resignations without any further ado?”

Earlier, Ramkarpal, the MP for Bukit Gelugor, called on Apandi to resign. He said new revelations by the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief that the Saudi prince who was purported to have given the RM2.6 billion donation to former prime minister Najib Razak could not produce documentary evidence of having done so, made his position even more untenable.

“It is likely that Apandi would be required to assist in the current investigations into the said RM2.6 billion claim by providing a statement to the authorities, particularly in relation to his prior investigations into the same.

“As a former Federal Court judge, Apandi is well aware that it would be highly embarrassing for him to assist in such investigations as a sitting AG and, as such, he must resign forthwith.”