PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today urged Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya to shed some light on whether the anti-graft agency will reopen the investigation into former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, who cleared Najib Razak of corruption in 2016.
The Gelang Patah MP said a report was lodged by a former MACC officer against Apandi in January of that year, but that no action was taken.
“This in itself is an offence under Section 217 of the Penal Code which says that any public servant who is statutorily bound to perform a public duty and fails to do so, intending to protect or save any person from punishment or forfeiture of property commits an offence.
“And Section 7 of the MACC Act makes it a statutory duty for any MACC officer to receive any report of the commission of an offence and investigate such report,” he said in a statement.
Apandi was appointed as attorney-general on July 27, 2015. He replaced Abdul Gani Patail, who was reportedly removed due to health reasons.
He was told to go on leave after refusing to resign despite pressure from the Pakatan Harapan government led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He was replaced by Tommy Thomas in June last year.
According to Lim, the former MACC officer said Apandi’s press conference on Jan 26, 2016 in his capacity as attorney-general clearing Najib of any wrongdoing relating to 1MDB was against the recommendation of MACC.
“(It) was also tantamount to revoking the decision of former attorney-general Gani Patail, amounting to a gross abuse of power and conflict of interest since the very person he cleared of the corruption charges was the same person who appointed him to the office of AG,” he said.
Lim said the former MACC officer wrote to then-chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull on May 19, 2018 about his report against Najib and Apandi.
He said both Najib and Apandi had committed offences under Section 16 of the MACC Act, with Najib offering Apandi the post of attorney-general and Apandi accepting it.
“Under the law, gratification includes any office or employment, and Apandi did accept the post of AG and subsequently cleared Najib of all corruption offences,” he said.
He urged Latheefa to raise the issue when she appears before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Major Public Appointments on June 20 to share her vision and mission against corruption.