Decision to acquit - Horses’ Mouths – 28 January 2016

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AG’s decision to acquit Najib

If the A-G says there is no case, then there is no case. Legally, that is the position, but things might be different in the court of public opinion.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Gua Musang MP, claiming that the case against Prime Minister Najib Razak over the controversial RM2.6 billion donation probably remains open as far as the public is concerned although it may have been resolved legally


I would like to stress that our decision to refer to Operational Evaluation Panel (PPO) was a procedure before closing any case. Therefore, it is normal for this procedure to take place and should not be translated that we rejected the decision made by the Attorney-General.

Rohaizad Yaacob, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commisson strategic communications director, insisting that there is nothing unusual about referring the Attorney-General's decision on SRC International and the RM2.6bil cases to two independent panels


Can Singapore explain the unfreezing and the delivery back to the Saudis? Or does Singapore also believe in the free gift story, the letter and the Saudi admission. Singapore is a financial centre. Can it be so gullible?

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, insisting that there must be a disclosure of how the balance of US$620mil or RM2.03bil was returned to the Saudis as it did not tally with the previous information that the balance was frozen by Singapore


Everyone should stop debating this issue, especially on social media. The A-G plays a crucial role in upholding the laws of the country and to undermine his decision based on mere rumours and assumptions is disreputable.

Azalina Othman, Minister in the PM’s department, calling all parties to respect Attorney-General’s findings that no criminal offence was committed in relation to the RM2.6bil donation


We would expect someone like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who has been Prime Minister for 22 years plus those other Members of Parliament who are technically ‘lawmakers’ to be proficient about the law and would know the function, role and responsibilities of an Attorney General.

Salleh Keruak, Communications and Multimedia Minister, slamming Dr Mahathir for questioning AG’s judgement and power


That is my stand. Anyone who does not agree with this is free to seek an interpretation of my decision in the Federal Court.

Mohamed Apandi Ali, Attorney General, shrugging off a move by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to refer its investigation papers to a panel to seek a review of the decision to close the case against Prime Minister Najib Razak




However, this is just the beginning of a long journey.

Mustapa Mohamed, International Trade and Industry Minister, on BN’s success in pushing through the motion for Malaysia to participate in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Parliament with a majority of 43 votes in a bloc vote: 127 lawmakers voted for it, with 84 against

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