KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Court’s decision in the Datuk Seri Najib Razak SRC International case demonstrated that the country’s judicial system is independent, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The former prime minister said the decision has restored the country’s dignity.
Earlier, the Federal Court upheld Najib’s conviction and 12-year prison sentence, as well as a fine of RM210,000 for misappropriation of SRC International funds worth RM42,000.
“The independence of the judiciary is what I stood for when I was prime minister. Although there were political pressures on me to interfere in certain cases, I was firm in rejecting them even though I was forced to resign for defending the principle.
“I hope that the independence of our judiciary will continue to be protected without attempts to interfere or face political pressure from any side so that justice can be enforced…because without an independent judiciary, the country’s system of democracy could not function.” “. and Malaysia would become authoritarian, corrupt and morally bankrupt,” Muhyiddin said in a Facebook post.
According to Bernama, PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim believes that the decision against Najib was an aspiration of people who want to ensure that the country’s judiciary is independent and free from the harm of corruption.
“This shows that the people have the power; the people made the decision in 2018 to ensure that the judiciary is independent and that the nation is free from corruption.
“The people’s decision allowed for professional prosecution and firmness, as well as a bold judiciary to make decisions based on facts, and punished not according to the instructions of the politicians in power,” he said in a video post on Facebook.
DAP Secretary General Anthony Loke described today’s decision as a warning to all politicians not to engage in abuse of power, adding that it was a victory for the country’s democratic system.
Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’
PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.
PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.
There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.
On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had
asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.
Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.
Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.
Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.
Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.
A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.
On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.
“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.
Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin
PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.
“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).
Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.
He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.
He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.
“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.
“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.
There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.
Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .
Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.
Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).
The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.
The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.
Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values and a broader reform agenda for the administration.
It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.
The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.
As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.
Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama
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