KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― The sudden end of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s tenure as Attorney-General (AG) ahead of its October expiry has raised suspicions about the motive for the decision, a think tank asked today.
Amid an investigation against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) also expressed concern that the move may be construed as pressure on the heads of other agencies in the special task force probing the firm.
“To terminate his service in the middle of an ongoing investigation involving the prime minister raises a lot of questions about the intention behind this sacking,” IDEAS chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said in a brief statement.
“People are already talking about a potential desperate conspiracy by the prime minister to stay in office. This action unfortunately strengthens the conspiracy theory and further weakens the moral authority if Najib to stay in office,” he added, referring to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
IDEAS said that any potential conflict of interest in the role of AG and Public Prosecutor should be resolved by reforming the system and not by the Abdul Gani’s sacking.
“I am now worried if other members of the special taskforce investigating 1MDB would be out under pressure by the top. And would critical Cabinet members be sacked too?” Wan Saiful asked.
Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s tenure as Attorney-General ended yesterday, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said today in a statement.
The chief secretary said Abdul Gani’s tenure was officially ended on July 27 due to health reasons.
Taking his place will be Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, a former Federal Court judge.
Abdul Gani told Malay Mail Online today he was not aware of the decision that was announced earlier this morning.
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