OUT TO IMPRESS UMNO, APANDI PLAYS ‘RACIST’ CARD: AFTER DANCING WITH CORRUPT BOSS NAJIB, AG GOES AFTER CHINESE COUPLE BUT SILENT ON TAJUDDIN’S SON
After Dancing With His Corrupt Boss, A.G. Apandi Is Now Bullying Small Kids
Mohamed Apandi Ali, the Malaysian Attorney General, could easily go down the history as the most disgraceful top lawyer the country has ever produced. Besides the Chief of Police, the Attorney General is the only thing standing between Najib and arrest for criminal breach of trust (1MDB – 1Malaysia Development Bhd) and possibly murder (Mongolian Altantuya)
However, A.G. Apandi was carefully handpicked by Najib Razak with a very clear job function – to protect the scandal-hit prime minister, come rain or shine. Mr. Apandi was already a 65-year-old retired ex-judge when he was offered the powerful job. As a bonus, he was also rewarded with a seat on the board of Lembaga Tabung Haji (hajj pilgrims fund board).
Almost immediately after becoming the country’s Attorney General, Mr. Apandi unilaterally cleared his boss – PM Najib Razak – despite MACC’s (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) recommendation that Najibbe charged with criminal misappropriation, presumably under Section 403 of “dishonest misappropriation of property”.
Mr. Jose Ugaz, chairman of Transparency International (TI), has singled out Mr. Najib as a prime example of national leaders in developing countries who have “become so corrupt that they endanger both citizens and society.” When Ugaz delivered his speech in Malaysia last September, PM Najib had chosen to go into hiding, instead of facing the international community.
The world was watching with popcorn and Coke the infamous explosive 1MDB scandal, and how the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak had replaced the previous Attorney-General (Gani Patail) unlawfully, removed the lead investigators and intimidated the leadership of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Central Bank (Bank Negara).
Without offering any satisfactory explanation whatsoever, A.G. Apandi declared to all and sundry his boss was innocent of any bribery. He claimed that US$681 million found in PM Najib’s private account was “gift”from Saudi royal family. To insult the world’s intelligence, Apandi claimed Najib had returned US$620 million to the Saudi royal family because it had not been utilised.
Of course, the Malaysian Attorney General has lied through his teeth because subsequently when the U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced on July 20, 2016 that the Justice Department filed lawsuits to seize assets that it said were the result of US$3.5 billion that was misappropriated from 1MDB, they found “no trace of Saudi gift” at all.
To the amusement of the international community, the same A.G. Apandi Ali was caught in a video clip that apparently shows him dancing with a group of Najib’s ministers during the country’s Merdeka Day (Independence Day) parade in Kuala Lumpur, triggering outburst that it was the clearest proof that the attorney general was indeed Najib’s stooge.
Najib administration sprang into damage control stunt by claiming the “dancing” was a spontaneous reaction to “beautiful” music. It was like saying the refugees or migrants from the Middle East who had sexually assaulted and groped German girls in Cologne early of the year should not be blamed – because it was a spontaneous reaction to “beautiful” babes.
Apandi’s unpopularity skyrockets after he proposed life-imprisonment for whistle-blowers under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and punishment for journalists who refuse to reveal their sources, a draconian and desperate plan to suppress and oppress any embarrassing materials that could implicate the already extreme corrupt Government of Malaysia under Najib Razak.
Perhaps sensing he could score some brownie points, A.G. Apandi Ali is seeking a heavier penalty on a Malaysian couple – Lor Ka Hoo, 35, and Tan Sit Fun, 30, – who were on Friday sentenced to 14 days in jail and fined RM3,000 each after they pleaded guilty to using force to prevent a civil servant from Shah Alam City Council from doing her job.
Both were released on RM2,000 bail each pending their appeal against the sentencing but suddenly, Mr. Apandi claimed the sentence is “manifestly inadequate” given the gravity of the offence. Obviously, the attorney general must have had read the comments and uproars from average Joes and Janes who have slammed the couple’s obnoxious stunt.
But Apandi’s intervention in what appears to be a small and insignificant case backfiresspectacularly when netizens are turning their missiles at the lame duck attorney general. Generally, people are mocking him for taking a great interest in such petty case but didn’t care to charge or even allow a proper investigation over RM2.6 billion corruption involving his boss.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers intervention has also sparked accusation that not only the top lawyer protects a corrupt government, but also practices racism for wanting to punish Lor Ka Hoo and his wife Tan Sit Fun because they are Chinese. Why were UMNO members, including gangster Jamal Md. Yunos, didn’t get their fair of attention from the A.G.?
Some have gone the extra miles by comparing the case of couple Lor Ka Hoo and Tan Sit Fun to another bully case involving a Peugeot 208 belonging to a Malay lady car owner – Kiki Kamaruddin – whom armed with a steering lock had charged and repeatedly hammered on a car belonging to an elderly Chinese man – Sim Siak Hong – after a minor accident.
Road bully Kiki Kamaruddin was fined RM5,000 and ordered to carry out a total of 240 hours of community service by sessions court judge 2 years ago. Shouldn’t the Attorney-General’s Chambers intervene and appeal for a heavier punishment because Kiki Kamaruddin was more dangerous as she was armed with steering lock while Lor Ka Hoo was merely armed with a smartphone?
More importantly, 30-year-old Kiki Kamaruddin (real name: Siti Fairrah Asyikin Kamaruddin) had also expressed racial slurs “Chinese … Stupid” after demanding that 68-year-old Sim Siak Hong pay her on the spot for the damage to her brand new Peugeot 208 bearing registration number “CDM 25” – “I don’t care, pay me RM2,000 now!”
The point is: A.G. Apandi Ali has lost his credibility and integrity the moment he lied to clear Prime Minister Najib Razak over the allegedly RM2.6 billion corruptions and money laundering case. He knew his boss was guilty but declared that Najib had returned US$620 million to the Saudi royal family, although there isn’t any document to support such claim.
Mr. Apandi must at least charge hooligans sponsored by UMNO minister billionaire Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, including his son Faisal, for attacking MP Khalid Samad. If Bersih chair Maria Chin Abdullah was detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act for organizing a peaceful demonstration, Faisal should be detained under the same law too for violently attacking the Parliament.