by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic credit: pejuang.org.my
LAWYER for Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) Mior Nor Haidir Suhaimi (picture) is calling for courts to stop compromising and “turn a blind eye” to applications from high-profile individuals.
This was after approval was given to the release of travel documents involving four individuals, namely former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
“These individuals are currently facing charges of money laundering, abuse of power, and tax evasion which involve public funds and the appeal still has not been disposed of,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Approving the application for the temporary return of their passports displays a bad image to the country and undermines the people’s trust in the legislation institution, he added.
Mior went on to say that the court never seemed to have rejected any such application.
“When there is an application from a high-profile case like these, the courts are instead putting aside the fundamental principles of justice,” he said.
The approval also implied that the court no longer cares about carrying out its responsibilities for the public interest.
“Most disappointingly is that among the reasons put forward by Muhammad Shafee for the release of his passport was for the purpose of his son’s study in New York, US.
“This is a weak and unreasonable excuse, because if the general public filed such an application, the prosecution would almost certainly object,” he argued.
Muhammad Shafee is currently facing money laundering charges involving RM9.5 million received from Najib.
“Stop this practice of double standards which the public are strongly opposed to,” Mior urged.
He added that when citizens or students fail to pay education loans, which is just a fraction of the billions of ringgit taken by high profile individuals, they are immediately blacklisted and banned from going out of the country.
“This is an insult to the public and sets aside fundamental justice and humanity,” he said.