AG needs to explain Mohamed Apandi’s lawsuit settlement

by ASILA JALIL / pic by BERNAMA

ATTORNEY-GENERAL (AG) Tan Sri Idris Harun (picture) should explain to the public on settlement terms and compensations amount pertaining to a lawsuit filed by Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali against former prime minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Malaysian government.

Pejuang Muda Malaysia information chief Akif Rusli said the settlement raises several questions because there were claims made by quarters from Umno that the truth is in favour of Mohamed Apandi.

“This is untrue. The settlement was done without referring the terms to Dr Mahathir who was a client to the AG Chambers. The settlement term also involved an exorbitant sum of money given to Mohamed Apandi.

“The rakyat needs to know the total compensation and why the Malaysian government agreed to make the payment. The money belongs to the rakyat. Did this happen because Mohamed Apandi has ties with Umno?” he said in a statement today.

Mohamed Apandi filed a suit on Oct 13, 2020 against the former PM and the government over the termination of the former’s contract as AG.

On April 13, it was reported that the suit was settled amicably in the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The court had initially fixed April 18, 20, 21 and 22 this year to hear the suit.

Akif noted that the settlement was clearly done according to instructions from certain individuals.

“Was there intervention from Umno’s top administration? This requires an explanation from the Malaysian government and Idris himself.

“Mohamed Apandi’s ties with Umno did not end with his resignation in 1991 because there was a viral video of him alongside Umno leaders dancing happily when he was the AG,” he added.

Last week, Dr Mahathir expressed discontent following the government’s move to resolve the suit filed by Mohamed Apandi out of court.

The former PM said he was not informed on the terms of the settlement despite being a key witness in the case.