Barn animals spinning the yarn

Riong Kali dot com news portal based on another pro-Opposition about a purportedly a conspiracy being brewed with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s hands involved.

Attorney General’s position under threat? Reportedly in Dr M camp’s sights

BY ZULKIFLI SULONG AND V. ANBALAGAN
NOVEMBER 06, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: NOVEMBER 06, 2013 04:01 PM

Abdul Gani Patail's alleged misconducts were reportedly discussed in the meeting attended by Dr Mahathir, Mat Zain and Shafee. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 6, 2013.Abdul Gani Patail’s alleged misconducts were reportedly discussed in the meeting attended by Dr Mahathir, Mat Zain and Shafee. – The Malaysian Insider pic,

November 6, 2013.Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s position as the Attorney General appears under threat as reports and sources say former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has met several people to discuss the top government lawyer’s misdeeds.

The speculation is based on a meeting attended by Dr Mahathir, former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim and prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that three months ago, Mat Zain received a surprise phone call from Shafee to attend the meeting.

The report revealed that Mat Zain met Shafee at the lawyer’s office-cum-residence in Bukit Tunku on August 10, three days after Hari Raya.

The two was said to have discussed Gani’s alleged “misconducts”, as well as the highly-publicised case on Pulau Batu Puteh – the island off Johor which the International Court of Justice awarded to Singapore following a legal dispute in 2008.

The news portal said Mat Zain and Shafee later met Dr Mahathir at his residence in Country Heights, Kajang, on the same day.

Present at the meeting were Dr Mahathir’s former political secretary Matthias Chang and former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director, Datuk Ramli Yusoff, who briefed the former premier over his run-ins with Gani.

Their discussion also touched on other alleged wrongdoings by the AG, including fabrication of evidence in the famous “black eye” case of 1998 involving former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Mat Zain, who was the investigating officer in that case, had informed Dr Mahathir of fabrication of evidence allegedly committed by Gani, then a senior deputy public prosecutor handling Anwar’s first sodomy and power abuse case, following his dismissal from the government.

The alleged fabrication took place when Gani was said to have brought in pathologist Dr Abdul Rahman Yusoff to accuse Anwar in court of self-inflicting his injuries, contradicting medical reports.

As a result, a Royal Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the black-eye incident, resulting in the admission by former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor that he had beaten Anwar hours after his arrest on September 20, 1998.

In 2008, Anwar filed a police report against Gani and former police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan, who was involved in the first sodomy case thrown at Anwar.

The accusations of fabrication and misconduct on the part of Gani and Musa were however dismissed by a three-member committee comprising retired judges formed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

It was reported  that in the meeting with Mahathir, Shafee (pic, right) agreed that the appointment of the MACC committee to clear Gani and Musa was illegal.

Two months after the meeting, Mat Zain on October 7 made a statutory declaration on the matter, with copies sent to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, solicitor-general Datuk Idris Harun and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

In August, Gani appointed Shafee to lead the prosecution team in its appeal against Anwar’s acquittal in the Sodomy II charge.

Gani, 58, joined the Attorney General’s Chambers in 1980 and was appointed AG in 2002.

He had come under heavy criticism from the opposition and non-governmental organisations over his handling of several high profile cases, including the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder and the cheating case involving former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Dr Mahathir is also said to have pressured Gani and called Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for a discussion. During the meeting, Dr Mahathir claimed that the AG’s Chambers employed two CIA agents. Ahmad Zahid had agreed to probe into the claim. – November 6, 2013.

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The fact is that Malaysiakini is wrong with their initial report. It was sublimely made to sound genuine and accurate by attempting to piece up what so many vividly remember with something concocted out of figment of someone’s sinister imagination, from the episode of the ‘Black Eye’ exactly 15 years ago.

That meeting did not take place in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s residence.

The rational is straight forward simple. A Statesman like Tun Dr. Mahathir need not to conspire in anytime with anyone, to have an officer appointed by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang  DiPertuan Agong be removed from office.

Suggesting otherwise, is a demonstration that these pro-Opposition portals are in their usual sublime methods to cast a ‘pre-emptive’ impression to their pool of readership of another ‘conspiracy like maneuvre’ where the end game is jail their Opposition Leader. All the judicial process is simply a ‘drama’, to formalise the incarceration which importance is a matter of life or death for the ruling party.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also would most likely not consort with someone who so many viewed as a ‘dirty cop’ like Ramli Yusuff, who was charged by abusing his power and practice of corruption and by his own signed admission to have amassed a wealth which lists 52 assets when the latter was still very much in service.

This clearly a sinister agenda by minions of Anwar Ibrahim As-Sodomy to tarnish the good name  high profile defense lawyer Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah and cast the doubt of the minds of many that there is another political conspiracy being cooked up.

Especially now that they have failed to throw him out of  as the leading counsel for the plaintiff team in the appeal case against the acquittal of the former, for sodomising Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan five and half years ago.

This article that Riong Kali dot com is playing up this afternoon is a precursor to tomorrow:

On Nov 7, Anwar gets final chance to disqualify Shafee as lead prosecutor

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
OCTOBER 28, 2013

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s final attempt to disqualify top Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah (pic, right) from leading the prosecution team to overturn the opposition leader’s acquittal for sodomy will be heard on November 7.

His lawyer, Karpal Singh, said today he was notified about the appeal date last week by the Federal Court Registry.

“We are now rushing to file the petition of appeal which includes stating the grounds why we are appealing the Court of Appeal ruling,” he said.

A three-man bench led by Datuk Ramly Ali on September 17 only gave oral grounds as to why it was dismissing Anwar’s application to disqualify Shafee as ad-hoc deputy public prosecutor.

Karpal’s legal firm obtained the appeal records on October 24 that included the judgment of the Court of Appeal as to why it allowed Shafee to be a temporary deputy public prosecutor.

The defence has 10 days to file the petition of appeal and the deadline is November 4.

Karpal said the Court of Appeal had earlier fixed two days from December 11 to hear the public prosecutor’s appeal against the decision of the High Court which cleared Anwar of the sexual
misconduct.

Anwar (2nd from right), seen here with Karpal on his right. Karpal said Shafee's appointment as chief prosecutor in the appeal against Anwar's acquittal for sodomy is void. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.Anwar (2nd from right), seen here with Karpal on his right. Karpal said Shafee’s appointment as chief prosecutor in the appeal against Anwar’s acquittal for sodomy is void. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.On January 9, 2012, judge Datuk Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah acquitted Anwar, 66, for sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

Karpal had argued that Shafee’s appointment was a nullity because Section 379 of the Criminal Procedure Code, one of the sections under which he (Muhammad Shafee) was appointed, was no longer applicable.

The veteran lawyer said that section had long not been in use and should be declared as obsolete under the doctrine of desuetude.

However, Court of Appeal judge Datuk Rohana Yusuf, who wrote the judgment, said the doctrine did not apply to Section 379 and other laws in Malaysia.

Rohana said Malaysian legislation was perpetual in duration and remained in force until either it was repealed or it expired.

The judge said that Shafee was not a material witness to both the prosecution and the defence in the sodomy trial.

The application to disqualify Shafee was heard by Ramly, Rohana and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh.

Shafee was appointed lead deputy public prosecutor by the Attorney General by way of a “fiat” under Section 376(3) and Section 379 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) and Article 145 of the Federal Constitution. – October 28, 2013.

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All of these coincide with Ramli Yusuff taking Attorney General Gani Patail, Former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan and ten others to court for a suit of RM128.5 mllion a few days ago. What awfully sublime is that two days before Ramli presented his suit against the twelve, Musa already apologised to him in chambers for a suit he brought upon the latter almost a year ago.

It is all too clear. This is an enigma of an agenda cooked and laced with malice, to demonise the Statesman, Attorney General and the senior counsel.

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Defending the Constitution

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak defended decision of Court of Appeal recently against the earlier Kuala Lumpur High Court on the position of ‘kalimah Allah’ for the Catholic Church’s weekly Herald.

Najib vows to defend use of Allah as exclusive to Muslims

BY EILEEN NG
NOVEMBER 05, 2013

In his message marking the Islamic new year, Najib vowed to defend Islam based on the concept of moderation, or Wasatiiyah. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 5, 2013.

In his message marking the Islamic new year, Najib vowed to defend Islam based on the concept of moderation, or Wasatiiyah. – The Malaysian Insider pic,

November 5, 2013.Putrajaya has pledged to defend the use of the word Allah as the exclusive right of Muslims, even as the debate continued following the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling banning the use of the word in a Catholic weekly.

In his message marking the Islamic new year or Maal Hijrah today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said while Malaysia upholds the Federal Constitution and the position of Islam, it also subscribed to the concept of moderation, or Wasatiyyah, saying it is the foundation of the country’s harmony.

“To appreciate the wider meaning of migration, we still uphold our religion and defend the name of Allah for religion, race and our beloved country.

“Malaysia which upholds the Constitution and Islam as the official religion of the country, will remain steadfast in defending the position of Islam in the country in line with Maqasid Syariah and the concept of Wasatiyyah,” Najib said in his message posted on his 1Malaysia blog today.

Several Muslim groups have insisted that the word Allah belonged exclusively to Muslim, although Christians and other faiths have argued otherwise.

This followed the recent Court of Appeal decision not to allow Catholic weekly Herald to use the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia section, after a long legal battle over the usage of the word.

The decision overturned an earlier ruling by the High Court in  2009, which said that Allah, the Arabic word for God, was not the exclusive right of Muslims, and allowed the Herald to use it.

The ruling was challenged by the Home Ministry in its appeal in January 2010.

The Court of Appeal noted the Home Ministry’s prohibition on the Herald from using the word was justified, arguing that Allah was not integral to the Christian faith.

The church has 30 days to file the leave application to appeal against the Court of Appeal decision.

The decision sparked a debate on whether Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, who mostly use Bahasa Malaysia in their worship, were also bound by the ruling.

This led Najib assuring Christians in East Malaysia that they can continue using the word, as stated in Putrajaya’s so-called 10-point solution announced in 2011.

The Allah ruling also got worldwide attention, including strong comments from American Muslim theologian Reza Aslan who said the decision made a mockery of Malaysia.

The debate on the matter continues, with the Bar Council reportedly considering to back the Catholic weekly in the appeal process. This raised the ire of Muslim Lawyers Association, who strongly opposed the move. – November 5, 2013.

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This statement by Prime Minister Najib affirm the commitment of the Federal Government of upholding the position and will of HRH Rulers on “Allah is a word exclusively for the Muslims and Non Muslims are prohibited from using it”.

He also stated that it is unreasonable for the 54 combined NGOs COMANGO to demand for the right of apostasy and deny the power of the Syariah Courts to decide on the position of faith for Muslims since it is against specific provisions enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

COMANGO also is fighting for the rights of LGBT practitioners and act of committing adultery and fornication between two consenting adults.

In his visit to London last week attending the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF), Prime Minister Najib spoke to anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour on her program aired by CNN and stated “My priority is to ensure peace and harmony in Malaysia. When the court decide on certain things, I have to respect the courts decision. To me, it is not about winning a legal argument. It goes beyond that”.

He explained his arguments for the position of Wasatiyah, in ‘walking the line of moderation against the hardliners’.

“It is about having a long term vision of the country. We are committed to this long term vision. To move towards this long term vision, there would be growing pains a long the way. If you want long term stability, you must make sure the majority are not marginalized”.

He also told Amanpour that the policy of the Malaysian Government is inclusive and cater for the needs of the minority.

The various Malay NGOs at arms on the ‘kalimah Allah’ issue outside Palace of Justice early last month

That simply summed up all the initiatives, demands and provocations made by the various groups of minority in Malaysia and being intensified of late, to antagonize against the majority. Whenever the majority turn around to defend their position even for what have been specifically provided in the Federal Constitution, then the minority would use it as an example of them being oppressed and their rights denied.

The fact that all the provocations is actually part of the political strategy by the Opposition to weaken the Malays, which the power-base of the ruling party.

This statement should dispel if not pacify the growing uneasiness of the majority of Malay-Muslim via the various Malay NGOs and the grass-root of UMNO that the Federal Government is not stern and loud enough on issues such as the role and position of Islam, HRH Rulers and Special Malay Rights. In fact, Prime Minister Najib has been plagued with the perception of being a populist and pandering to whims and fancies of the minority, even the extreme and chauvinist ones.

MPs raised about COMANGO in Dewan Rakyat

MPs raised about COMANGO in Dewan Rakyat

Prime Minister Najib’s position to defend what were the fundamentals when this nation was born is in the right direction of his ‘Wasatiyah’, to move Malaysians together in the same direction and having everyone inclusive in this agenda.

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