AG vows to act without fear or favour on RM2.6b probe findings

06 Jan 2016 / 13:10 H.

PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says he will not ignore the probe findings on the RM2.6 billion transferred into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak's personal bank accounts.
"I will study (the cases) according to the law," said Apandi, who vowed to act without fear or favour.
He was referring to three investigation papers submitted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the RM2.6 billion, and two other cases involving RM42 million relating to former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Apandi dismissed former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "prediction" that he (Apandi) would ignore the findings, stressing that he would act fairly and thoroughly.
Mahathir had said that Apandi would disregard the MACC's investigation papers on the RM2.6 billion and RM42 million from SRC International, which allegedly found their way into Najib's personal bank account.
Mahathir has also dismissed the argument that the RM2.6 billion transferred ahead of the last general election in 2013 was a donation from a Middle Eastern source, whose identity continues to remain a mystery.
Apandi, when interviewed by news portal Malaysiakini, retorted: "You ask him, how did he come to that opinion? He's merely trying to use reverse psychology on me."
He said Mahathir should cease resorting to such tactics.
"He just tries to put pressure on me. I don't work under pressure. Just like any judge, we don't work under pressure," said Apandi.
"I am a law man. Tell the whole world that I am a law man. I decide according to the law. Nobody puts pressure on me."
He also denied speculation that he was appointed to protect Najib.
Apandi became attorney-general after his predecessor Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was suddenly dropped from the post due to health reasons last year. The latter's sudden removal from office ignited speculation that he was on the verge of hauling the prime minister to court.
Najib, who has denied any wrongdoing, also replaced his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Rural and Regional Development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who were critical of the 1MDB issue.

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