Let ongoing court cases continue, says Kadir Jasin

Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin.

PETALING JAYA: PPBM leader A Kadir Jasin today urged Muhyiddin Yassin to allow the trials of Umno leaders to continue uninterrupted under the new government following the latter’s appointment as the country’s eighth prime minister.

His comments follow a report by theSun daily quoting constitutional law experts who claimed that the ongoing trials of Umno leaders might be dropped under the Perikatan Nasional government.

“I sincerely hope that this is baseless – mere speculation and conjecture,” he said.

The veteran newsman added that Muhyiddin should reassure the public by echoing the statement of Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa, who yesterday warned against judicial interference in high-profile cases.

“Muhyiddin won in Pagoh on a Pakatan Harapan ticket, and I would like to believe that some of the good things that the PH government stood for rubbed off on him.

“I hope he will not betray the people who voted for him in the 2018 general election under the PH banner because they abhorred the robbing kleptocratic Barisan Nasional leaders,” he said in a Facebook post.

Annuar had said that the new federal coalition should not interfere in court affairs, such as by trying to drop high-profile cases involving party members.

“If we interfere by withdrawing the cases of those charged, the people would say the government does not respect the law and the judicial body is not independent; so don’t mar that concept,” he said.

He added however that politically motivated cases where leaders were hauled to court without solid evidence should be stopped.

Former Umno president and prime minister Najib Razak is currently on trial on a host of charges relating to the abuse of power and corruption arising from the 1MDB scandal.

Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, and current Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are also on trial on various charges, while other Umno leaders have been charged with money laundering by accepting money said to be from 1MDB funds.