PH to review MoU after AG fails to appeal Tengku Adnan’s graft acquittal

The coalition says it is ‘shocked and disappointed’ with the decision which further erodes the public confidence towards the AGC

by AZREEN HANI / pic by BERNAMA

PAKATAN Harapan (PH) said it is looking at whether the Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Azizan Harun’s decision to drop the appeal against Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s (picture) acquittal for RM2 million corruption case may contravene the bipartisan memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the government.

“We are looking whether the AG’s action contravenes the MoU between PH and the government. Article 4 of the MoU specifically refers to the need to maintain the independence of the judiciary,” the PH’s presidential council said in a statement yesterday.

The council said it is “shocked and disappointed” with the decision, which created a bad perception and further erodes the public confidence towards the AG’s Chambers (AGC).

“It tarnishes its credibility and independence to run its official task professionally,” PH said in a statement signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.

“We recognise that the AG has the power to decide whether to withdraw the appeal or not. However, in the case that has corruption allegations involving a MP and a former federal minister, the people demand that the appeal of the case be heard and judged until all permitted legal processes have been fully exhausted,” it said.

The council added that it will continue to study the decision before considering taking any further action.

“If the AG is unable to justify his decision, then he should resign from his position,” it added.

This is the second time in a week that the opposition said it is looking to review the MoU with the government.

Last week, Lim said the PH leaders have agreed to request a meeting with Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to deliberate on the MoU following revelation of RM100 million “gift” application by former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak during the winding up session of the Supply Bill 2022 in Dewan Rakyat.

Subsequently, Anwar also said that the revelation may lead PH to review the MoU, as the matter was never brought up or discussed with the Opposition bloc.

PH coalition could reconsider the MoU signed with the federal government if it awards ex-PM Najib a plot of land and a house worth RM100 million.