if you want justice, just vote out the present government. There is no way in hell the AG is going to investigate himself. Full stop.Wonder currently Gani Patail is the most powerful person in our country, where our dear PM also have to give face to him. As he may hold some “files” of everyone in the authority….
Pressure is mounting for Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to be investigated for corruption and abuse of power after former Ho Hup Bhd managing director Low Tuck Choy lodged a Police report recently asking why the authorities have not begun investigations.
Low claimed that Ho Hup’s invoice, with Gani’s name on it, which was put up on a blog last year is genuine, and questioned Deputy Minister Liew Vui Kong’s statement in Parliament last month that the authorities were mulling whether to begin investigations.
The invoice states that RM18,000 was paid by Ho Hup for electrical work on a bungalow in Seremban.
Low, 54, in his report dated July 20, which was sighted by Malaysiakini, said despite reports he had lodged over the company’s affairs with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and also his complaint to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Ismail Sabri two years ago, no one has taken his statement.
He urged the authorities to investigate Gani “without fear or favour”.
“I refer to Liew’s statement in Parliament on June 26, where he stated that the MACC is still mulling over the possibility of investigating claims that Gani had accepted bribes from a construction firm.
“I believe the construction firm referred to by Liew is Ho Hup. Based on Liew’s statement, I am of the view that MACC has not actually started to investigate Gani but is merely considering to do so.
“My understanding is that up to the time Liew made the statement, MACC has yet to open an investigation file against Abdul Gani,” Low says in his report.
He confirmed that a Ho Hup invoice form stating Gani was the beneficiary, cash vouchers and a cheque dated Aug 12, 2009, amounting to RM18,000 in favour of an electrical company doing the renovations, put up on the Malaysia Today
blog operated by Raja Petra Kamaruddin, were genuine.
Low in his report said he believes the RM18,000 payment was received and it should appear in Ho Hup’s accounts.
Gani’s involvement in Ho Hup tussle
He confirmed Gani’s personal involvement in the Ho Hup boardroom tussle which began in 2008, about which he has lodged reports with the MACC and the ministry in 2010.
“In the reports to the Ministry and the MACC Chief Commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed, I stressed the need for the government to stay clear of interfering or showing favour to a particular party involved in inter-company commercial disputes, to the extent of abusing authority to provide unfair advantage to the party being favoured,” said Low.
He was referring to the tussle between him and former Ho Hup deputy executive chairperson Vincent Lye, who is from Sabah and is said to be favoured by Gani, as could be seen in various articles on the web.
Low also produced a picture of Gani sitting with Lye as further evidence in the report.
However, Low said that although he had lodged reports with the ministry and the MACC, he had not been called to assist in investigations.
“As such, I reiterate my view (as to the Deputy Minister’s statement that there has been no investigations against the A-G for abuse of power or for gratification for himself by either the MACC or the Police.”
Since the report is in the public domain and since Liew’s statement in Parliament, and following an article which appeared in The Edge last week, Low stated that he had been burdened by inquiries as to the status of the investigations.
“I must also highlight the fact there have been feelings of eeriness and concern among the corporate sector if nothing is done to investigate the A-G, although proof of him receiving gratification to take sides and abuse his powers in a commercial dispute are in abundance.”
“I am lodging this Police report to urge the authorities to commence investigation against Gani and I am ready, willing and able to assist the authorities to get to the bottom of the matter for the sake of justice and good governance,” Low says in the report.
Low has been charged in a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur with non-timely disclosure of his assets by failing to notify the changes in his interest in the company within seven days, as required under Section 67F(2) of the Companies Act 1965.
It was reported that the MACC raided
Ho Hup’s office sometime in early September last year, and this was also verified by Low in his report.
)has denied any involvement or receiving gratification in the Ho Hup affair, but Social Just Care chairperson Robert Phang has called on
Gani to come clean on the investigations.
It has also been reported that the MACC iskeeping mum
over the allegations.Previously, Gani was also alleged to have received gratification for his and his family’s haj trip
, which was alleged to have been paid for by an alleged shady character, Shahidan Shafie.
Even the Malaysian Bar has raised questions
over this affair, but he has been cleared by the MACC.
Besides this, Gani is also alleged to be involved in framing former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Ramli Yusuff and his men in the Copgate
affair, and also in Anwar Ibrahim’s black-eye investigations
as alleged by former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim.
Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of the Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
That should be a matter of serious immediate concern. What we do right now, or fail to do, will determine what kind of world will greet that event. It is not an attractive prospect if present tendencies persist – not least, because the Great Charter is being shredded before our eyes.
The first scholarly edition of Magna Carta was published by the eminent jurist William Blackstone. It was not an easy task. There was no good text available. As he wrote, “the body of the charter has been unfortunately gnawn by rats” – a comment that carries grim symbolism today, as we take up the task the rats left unfinished.
Blackstone’s edition actually includes two charters. It was entitled The Great Charter and the Charter of the Forest. The first, the Charter of Liberties, is widely recognised to be the foundation of the fundamental rights of the English-speaking peoples – or as Winston S Churchill put it more expansively: “The charter of every self-respecting man at any time in any land.” Churchill was referring specifically to the reaffirmation of the charter by parliament in the Petition of Right, which implored King Charles to recognise that the law was sovereign, not the king. Charles agreed briefly, but soon violated his pledge, setting the stage for the murderous English Civil War.
After a bitter conflict between king and parliament, the power of royalty in the person of Charles II was restored. In defeat, the Magna Carta was not forgotten. One of the leaders of parliament, Henry Vane, was beheaded. On the scaffold, he tried to read a speech denouncing the sentence as a violation of the Magna Carta, but was drowned out by trumpets to ensure that such scandalous words would not be heard by the cheering crowds. His major crime had been to draft a petition calling the people “the original of all just power” in civil society – not the king, not even God. That was the position that had been strongly advocated by Roger Williams, the founder of the first free society in what is now the state of Rhode Island. His heretical views influenced Milton and Locke, though Williams went much farther, founding the modern doctrine of separation of church and state, still much contested even in the liberal democracies.
|“In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court held that the rights guaranteed by [the Habeas Corpus Act] were ‘[c]onsidered by the Founders [of the American Republic] as the highest safeguard of liberty’. All of these words should resonate today.”
As often is the case, apparent defeat nevertheless carried the struggle for freedom and rights forward. Shortly after Vane’s execution, King Charles II granted a Royal Charter to the Rhode Island plantations, declaring that “the form of government is Democratical,” and furthermore that the government could affirm freedom of conscience for Papists, atheists, Jews, Turks – even Quakers, one of the most feared and brutalised of the many sects that were appearing in those turbulent days. All of this was astonishing in the climate of the times.
A few years later, the Charter of Liberties was enriched by the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, formally entitled “an Act for the better securing the liberty of the subject, and for prevention of imprisonment beyond the seas.” The US Constitution, borrowing from English common law, affirms that “the writ of habeas corpus
shall not be suspended” except in case of rebellion or invasion. In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court held that the rights guaranteed by this act were “[c]onsidered by the Founders [of the American Republic] as the highest safeguard of liberty”. All of these words should resonate today.READMORE http://lawmattersjournalmalaysia.blogspot.com/2012/07/just-vote-out-present-government.html