After MACC chief’s tell-all, MP says untenable for AG to stay

Justin Ong
Apandi previously exonerated the former prime minister of any wrongdoing over the donation purportedly from an Arab prince as well as a RM42 million transfer from a former 1MDB subsidiary. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Tan Sri Apandi Ali cannot remain as Attorney-General after clearing Datuk Seri Najib Razak over a RM2.6 billion deposit that graftbusters said could not be proven to be a “donation”, said DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh.

The Bukit Gelugor MP pointed out that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) similarly provided evidence to show the sum had been diverted from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Apandi previously exonerated the former prime minister of any wrongdoing over the donation purportedly from an Arab prince as well as a RM42 million transfer from a former 1MDB subsidiary.

“In light of the above, it is likely that Apandi would be required to assist in the current investigations into the said RM2.6 billion claim by providing a statement to the authorities particularly in relation to his prior investigations into the same,” he said in a statement.

“As a former Federal Court judge, Apandi is well aware that it would be highly embarrassing for him to assist in such investigations as a sitting AG and as such, he must resign forthwith.”

Ramkarpal added that Apandi’s resignation would clear the way for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to appoint a replacement.

He told Apandi that he has overstayed his welcome and must leave immediately.

Last week, the Malaysian Bar made a similar call for Apandi to go, saying it was clear the PM no longer has confidence in the AG that has been placed on enforced garden leave.

Ramkarpal also urged Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull to cease his explosive public revelations allegedly from the 1MDB scandal, saying this could jeopardise the investigation and prosecution of those involved.

Shukri held a press conference yesterday in which he divulged the threats, coercion, resistance and apathy he allegedly faced when he had attempted to revive the probe into 1MDB and a subsidiary.