FB post based on viral tweet, says MCA woman called up by cops

MCA central committee member Chan Quin Er outside Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA central committee member who criticised a leaked memo on instructions to hasten judicial hearings of high-profile cases says she was surprised to be called in for questioning at Bukit Aman today.

Chan Quin Er, who arrived at 9.30am to give her statement, said her Facebook post on the matter was based on a snapshot of the email which had already been widely circulated at the time.

Nonetheless, she said she would cooperate with the police.

“I will disclose how I got the information based on a tweet,” she said. “There’s nothing extraordinary here.”

When asked if she considered this unfair prosecution because of her position in MCA, Chan said it was not fair to say that at this point in time.

“I will cooperate with the police (to facilitate) their investigation. Let’s see what happens after this,” she said.

“I think it’s just normal standard procedure for them,” she told FMT.

Last week, Chan had questioned the impartiality of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) following a letter showing apparent bias against Barisan Nasional (BN) by a high-ranking member of the office.

The letter, by Solicitor-General III Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria, had asked for “strong objection” to efforts to delay cases related to the previous “kleptocratic government”.

Chan said it was wrong to use “kleptocracy”, a term coined by the US attorney-general in connection with the Department of Justice’s seizure of assets linked to state investment fund 1MDB.

In her Facebook post, she said such an accusation had “never been investigated, much less proven or led to any conviction”.

She also asked how the AGC could “legally and logically” use the term, which was later popularised by Pakatan Harapan politicians ahead of the May 9 polls.

Yesterday, Chan, who is also a former federal counsel with the AGC, claimed an individual had filed a police report on the matter because she raised questions about political interference in the institution.

“It looks like the reality of being a whistleblower in Malaysia hasn’t really changed since Malaysia Baru,” she said.

Hanafiah, who is also a deputy public prosecutor, confirmed to FMT that he had written the letter in question.

But he dismissed MCA’s claims, saying his point was merely that trials should be conducted as scheduled.

Chan had also alleged that the letter “strongly suggests that the AGC is taking instructions from the prime minister”.

This followed a Cabinet meeting on Dec 19 last year, where Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said prosecutions involving graft cases on “specific individuals” must continue according to schedule.