Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 16th March 2012:
Najib should come to Parliament to personally explain whether he is prepared to establish a judicial tribunal to investigate serious allegations against AG Gani Patail and former IGP Musa Hassan
How long is the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to remain “blind deaf and mute” to the mounting pressures for a judicial tribunal to investigate serious allegations against the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail and former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan for subversion of the rule of law and the perversion of the course of justice?
The latest Open Letter by former senior police officer, Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar copied to the Prime Minister has brought the long-simmering scandal of serious allegations about the complicity of the chief legal officer of the land in the subversion of the rule of law and the perversion of the course of the justice to the centre of national and international attention.
Mat Zain revealed that on February 19, 2009, he had briefed and passed evidence to Najib over Gani and Musa’s “misconduct” in fabricating evidence in the Anwar Ibrahim “black eye” incident 13 years ago.
Musa was the investigating officer in the Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy I case while Abdul Gani led the prosecution. Mat Zain was the investigating officer in the black-eye incident.
Mat Zain said he was prepared to give “no holds barred” testimony under oath before a judicial tribunal when and if it is informed.
This is another “new lead” justifying the establishment of such a tribunal, as last week, the former Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) chief Datuk Ramli Yusof also volunteered to testify before such a tribunal against Gani and Musa, accusing both of gross abuses of power and misuse of the Anti-Corruption Agency to fix him and his men after a probe into a shady kingpin arrested by his team.
In his Open Letter today, Mat Zain said that both Gani and Musa were never investigated for “evidence fabrication” and had only been cleared of “abuse of power” allegations.
Would Najib prove Mat Zain right who predicted that the Prime Minister would not establish a judicial tribunal as Gani and Musa’s convictions would prove that Anwar had been victimised during the 13-year-old case which led to Anwar’s jail sentence?
Mat Zain said: “When this happens, not only would Gani and Musa face the possibility of imprisonment of up to 21 years, the government’s credibility would also be destroyed.”
Najib should heed Mat Zain’s warning that the Prime Minister could be held for criminal misconduct if he chooses to continue to ignore or hide other people’s crime which is already within his knowledge.
Najib should come to Parliament to personally state whether he is prepared to initiate action for the establishment of a Judicial Tribunal into the serious allegations of the subversion of the rule of law and perversion of the course of justice made against Gani and Musa by former top police officers in the land.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor