Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mahathir Mohamad Sues Najib Razak

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest serving former prime minister – who has been leading a campaign calling for Najib Razak’s removal over alleged financial irregularities – together with two former UMNO members, Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Anina Saadudin today sued the prime minister for alleged interference in government investigations on 1MDB and related cases.
According to their lawyer, they felt that they had to seek the court’s help to “reverse the destruction of the rule of law and the sanctity of the provision of our Federal Constitution”.
In the trio’s statement of claim sighted by Malay Mail Online, the three plaintiffs in the lawsuit claimed that Najib had attempted to avoid negative repercussions from the investigations.
They also said that he has no constitutional and legal power to use his public office for personal gain.
They are seeking for the court to declare that Najib has committed the alleged tort by using his official positions as prime minister, Barisan Nasional chairperson and UMNO president to interfere with the investigations, as well as to “unjustly punish” them for exercising their rights and duties as citizens to question and demand answers on 1MDB, the RM2.6 billion donation and a RM42 million sum involving former 1MDB unit SRC International.
They also want the court to order Najib to pay exemplary damages of RM2.6 billion and aggravated damages of RM42 million to the government of Malaysia, although they said the exact sum will be left to the court to assess.
My prayer is that the judges are God-fearing. Or better still, atheists. Only then can we expect justice! Otherwise, what hope have we?
I delivered a CC #5 speech titled “Zombies Alive” at the Scope Toastmasters meeting in Petaling Jaya this afternoon. Another good speech!


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