DON'T CONCEAL ALLEGATIONS ABOUT POLICE AND JUDICIARY - WARISAN AND DAP MPs
Darell (left) and Hannah.
23 June 2021
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KOTA KINABALU: Allegations implicating the independence of our Judiciary, the legal profession and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) must not be swept under the carpet, said Warisan's Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking and DAP's Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh.
"We refer to news reports on alleged interference with the judiciary involving two senior lawyers and that police reports have been lodged by the parties involved.
"An independent Judiciary is central to our democracy and the functioning of our society, and stands between the people and the Executive as a fort against abuse of power by the latter.
"The legal profession, on the other hand, is a noble and credible profession," they said in a joint statement today.
It was previously reported an issue for the need for Bumiputera equity to obtain a Petronas license involving the Aker Solutions ASA unit in Malaysia. It is Norway's largest oil services firm, developed into a legal fraternity allegation.
The development stemmed from the prosecution of an Aker Solution manager and the Malaysian Bar's allegations of misconduct by one of its members.
It then led to a police report lodged by the Chief Justice's office against a senior lawyer for allegedly tarnishing the reputation of the judiciary.
"Not too long ago, the former Inspector-General of Police (Datuk Hamid Bador) also alleged interference by the Executive in the course of his work. This was made public just before his retirement.
"Allegations implicating the independence of our Judiciary, the legal profession and the PDRM must not be taken lightly," they asserted.
Darell and Hannah also stressed that speedy and thorough investigations must be conducted and the findings be made public.
"Malaysians deserve to know and these three important institutions’ rightful standing must be preserved and protected."