Zahid DNAA: Ambiga, DAP So Worked Up Ah!

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Datuk S. Ambiga and DAP’s Anthony Loke observed a deafening silence on many other issues that affected the nation but suddenly appears out of the blue to question the court's decision to discharge Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – MH Graphics
Datuk S. Ambiga and DAP’s Anthony Loke observed a deafening silence on many other issues that affected the nation but suddenly appears out of the blue to question the court's decision to discharge Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – MH Graphics

Where was Ambiga when former AG Tommy Thomas dropped graft charges against DAP chairman and then the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng linked with the “bungalow without swimming pool” case?

Former Bar Council President Datuk S. Ambiga has suddenly emerged from her shell to question the High Court’s decision to DNAA (discharge not amounting to acquittal) Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from all corruption charges linked with Yayasan Akal Budi (YAB).

Ambiga, who has been relatively quiet on many issues all this while, has demanded the Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) to publicly explain why all 47 charges of criminal breach of trust, graft and money laundering involving YAB funds were dropped against Zahid.

Surprise! Ambiga suddenly popped up to make demands to restore the law and order?

Discriminatively Selective

Where was Ambiga when former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas dropped graft charges against the DAP chairman and then the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng linked with the “bungalow without swimming pool” case?

Guan Eng and another person, Phang Li Koon, were discharged and acquitted from the corruption case, which was already on trial.

But not a word from Ambiga then. She went missing though.

What was Ambiga doing when fresh evidence emerged to prove that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was innocent after all from all corruption charges linked with the SRC International Sdn Bhd?

Ambiga too kept her distance from Tommy Thomas’ memoir, My Story – Justice in the Wilderness.

She observed a deafening silence on many other issues that affected the nation but suddenly appears out of the blue to question the court’s decision to discharge Zahid.

One wonders why Ambiga only turns up to uphold doctrines of democracy and independence of judiciary only on issues involving non-Pakatan Harapan leaders.

She has been discriminatively selective in championing democracy and justice indeed. Isn’t it so?

Double Standards

DAP Secretary-General Anthony Loke Siew Fook also called on the outgoing AG Tan Sri Idrus Harun to explain the reasons why the prosecution sought a DNAA for Zahid.

Anthony claims that the DAP was always for separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and rule of law.

Really Loke?

What about your party boss, Guan Eng’s “bungalow without swimming pool” corruption case?

Loke, did you question Tommy Thomas’ decision to drop the graft case against Guan Eng then?

Why the double standards, Loke?

Just heard from the corridor of power in Putrajaya that the DAP was the stumbling block hindering Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman’s efforts to establish a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on Tommy Thomas’ controversial memoirs.

Is it so? Loke shall clarify. The DAP owes it to the public.

In his memoirs, Tommy Thomas revealed in detail on how he and then the 7th dictatorial Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad went about scouting for the ideal legal personalities, who would fit their taste, to fill up the senior judicial positions.

This was a serious violation of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Act 2009.

If it is true, Mahathir and Tommy Thomas had clearly mocked the country’s supremacy of the constitution and sovereignty of the law.     

How come Ambiga, Loke, the Bar Council and the DAP were so hypocritically mute then?

Public Criticisms

The public has every right to criticise Zahid’s DNAA.

The people have the right to know the reasons behind the prosecution’s decision to drop the charges against Zahid.

Under DNAA, a criminal case is put on hold or suspended.

The prosecution, however, can refile the charges at another time if fresh evidence arises.

By the letter of law, the 70-year-old Umno president is not completely off the hook yet.

Zahid was charged on 19 October 2018 and was later ordered to enter his defence.

He was charged with committing the offences linked with YAB between 28 March 2016, and 11 April 2018.

Zahid’s lawyers have filed representation letters to the AGC to have his charges dropped.

Umno

Zahid’s freedom from the court cases should strengthen his leadership in Umno.

Will Zahid now compel Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to serve out justice for Najib?

Fresh evidence and leaked AGC’s internal memo revealed that Najib has been illegally imprisoned over trumped-up charges.

Will Zahid via Anwar provide justice for Najib from a politically strong position?

Time will tell. – Mediahit

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Editor’s Note: Aathi Shankar is a senior journalist. The views expressed in this article are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of newmediahit.com.