The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission operations review panel (PPO) said today it will seek the Attorney-General’s permission to review the V.K. Lingam case, bowing to public pressure and unhappiness over the government’s decision that “no further action” be taken over the judicial appointments scandal.
The chairman of the panel, Dr Hadenan Abdul Jalil, who is a former Auditor-General, told a press conference today that permission was being sought on grounds of public interest.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz sparked an uproar in Parliament on Monday when he said “judiciary fixer” Lingam had been let off the hook “because he had broken no law”.
Nazri also suggested that Lingam breached no laws as he might “have just acted to fix the appointment of judges as if he was brokering the appointment of senior judges to impress people”.
A royal commission had proposed that action be taken against Lingam and several others purportedly involved in the recording including former Chief Justices Tun Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, and tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, a close friend of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Nazri had denied Jayanthi Naidu was the witness that MACC was looking for. However, the allegations made by Jayanthi who was Lingam's private secretary are good enough to make her a main witness. The MACC should probe her allegations.
On the grounds of public interest, Nazri must offer more information on the main witness and why and how he/she had gone missing?