PETALING JAYA: Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy says the uproar over the investigation into Court of Appeal judge Nazlan Mohd Ghazali is not about giving him “immunity from prosecution” but rather to question the “surreptitious motives” behind the probe.
The DAP leader agreed that no judge is above the law but that the dispute is more about the attack against the judiciary over decisions that did not favour a former prime minister.
“I don’t think Nazlan is a special person who requires immunity from prosecution. He is no different than any of us.
“However, allegations against Nazlan must be seen in the context of surreptitious attempts to free Najib Razak,” Ramasamy said in a statement.
He added that if indeed Nazlan was involved in criminal activities, then the law should take its course.
“The law should apply to him despite the fact that he is well-known as the judge who convicted Najib in the SRC trial.
“So, it is not about Nazlan per se but it is about the attacks against the judiciary, sparked by an article by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin,” Ramasamy said.
He added that Raja Petra was no different to “another famous fugitive” from Malaysia, and asked why so much attention was being paid to his allegations.
Ramasamy then questioned the legitimacy of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in conducting the probe.
“It is not that the MACC cannot investigate public officials. It has every right to do so, provided, of course, the anti-graft agency has proved itself as a powerful watchdog of public interests.
“If the MACC’s chief commissioner Azam Baki had not been satisfactorily cleared for dabbling in the share market, then the question arises as to the legitimacy of the MACC in investigating the alleged wrongdoings of Nazlan,” he said.
According to Ramasamy, Nazlan has been targeted by Najib’s camp simply because it would be seen to help the former prime minister in his final appeal against the conviction in the SRC case.
“An efficient and bold judge has been targeted for prosecution.
“This seems to be an attempt to discredit the judge hoping that if it succeeds, then it could influence the Federal Court on the final appeal in Najib’s SRC case,” he said.