Thursday, November 12, 2009

VK Lingam Case to Be Reviewed by MACC Operations Panel

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?

4 comments:

amoker said...

If MACC is said to be the best model, why does the panel need to request permission from AG?

Anonymous said...

Why that good for nothing givernment running dog agency MACC only try to act now after all the public huha? I am damn sure if everyone keeps quiet, this outrages, unethical and corrupted Lingam scandal will be swept under the carpet.Rakyat must continue to harp on this issue till those stupid, unethical and greedy dickheads involved get their due.
But alas this is BOLEHLAND. sigh...

Darrylkhoo said...

I think u've just been hoodwinked, including most of the mainstream newspaper. Read the malay mail
http://www.mmail.com.my/content/18723-macc-request-briefing-lingams-case
They r just seeking a briefing and will no review the case. LOL

Anonymous said...

WHat benefit is there to opening what anyone here refers to as the VK Lingham case? Lingham has no case to answer. A royal commission is a form of inquisition. It operates outside of the rules of evidence and the evidence or information gained in most royal commissions of this nature cannot stand up in an open regular court of law.

The legal fraternity in Malaysia has a serious credibility deficiency when it comes to the law.

Gopal Raj Kumar