Motion against AG on the cards
PETALING JAYA: PKR Youth said it would be discussing a proposal to move a motion in Parliament against Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail over two allegations of power abuse.
“I’m meeting Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today to discuss the matter and seeks his advice and the next course of action,” said its leader Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin at a press conference.
The Bukit Katil MP said this when he was asked about PKR’s next move on the recent allegations against Gani Patail made by former Commercial Crimes Investigation director Ramli Yusoff.
On Nov 1, Ramli filed a RM130 million civil suit against former IGP Musa Hassan, Gani and 10 others for power abuse and false and malicious prosecution against him six years ago.
On Nov 7, a news portal reported that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had called for a meeting with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to pressure Gani to quit over the allegations.
According to the report, Mahathir claimed that the AG’s Chambers had hired two CIA operatives and that Zahid had agreed to launch an investigation into the claim.
Prior to that, Mahathir met KL CID director Mat Zain Ibrahim, lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Mahathir’s ex-political secretary Matthias Chang and Ramli.
They allegedly discussed Gani’s wrongdoings, including the alleged fabrication of evidence in Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye case in 1988.
Awaiting MACC’s response
On Nov 10, Anwar questioned Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s silence over the issue.
The following day, lawyer Shafee denied the allegations.
Shamsul, meanwhile, said that PKR had previously lodged several reports on other cases with the MACC “but there was no follow up on their part.”
“MACC can investigate who is funding the alleged CIA agents, whether public funds are being misused. That is why we awaiting their response, before we decide our next course of action.
“Did the CIA come here through APCO Worldwide?” he asked, in reference to the international public relations company that was roped in by the government several years ago.
Shamsul said that on PKR Youth’s part, they would go all out to gather evidence related to the allegations.
“We can’t just act on claims by Mahathir. We need to gather solid evidence,” he said, and dared Gani to come clean by explaining the matter to the public.
He said that they would get a court order to get Mahathir to speak about the matter.
At the regional level, Shamsul is finalising a joint statement involving Southeast Asian countries to condemn spying activities of the CIA.