PM to answer to DNAA issue in Dewan Rakyat tomorrow

HAJAR UMIRA MD ZAKI

PRIME Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will answer all questions regarding the decision to discharge without acquittal (DNAA) Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in Parliament, tomorrow.

Minister in the PM’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said told the Dewan Rakyat that the session will likely be in the afternoon.

“He (Anwar) will answer tomorrow, God willing, at 2.30 to 3pm.

“So those questions can be directed to the PM, but our commitment to fairness will ensure a proper response,” she stated during her concluding speech on the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) Midterm Review today.

Opposition MPs have been raising the issue of Zahid’s DNAA during the current parliamentary session, accusing the government of interfering with the justice system because the latter holds the position of deputy PM.

In a related matter, Azalina also criticised the Opposition for not separating the powers of the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) and the prosecutor’s office during the four years of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration.

She was responding to Opposition leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut-PN) who raised the question of selective persecution in Zahid’s case, as well as PN chief Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s slew of charges in court.

“Why, when you were in power, didn’t the government at that time separate the AG’s role? It was only selective prosecution when you faced it but served us right when we were facing it.

“This is why in this issue, we are here talking and taking action. You (the Opposition) not only didn’t take any action, but also silenced it,” she said.

The Pengerang MP further asserted the Opposition was in power for four years, yet they never batted an eye on the segregation of power.

“Don’t talk about selective prosecution as the Madani Government is committed to a just governance as our hashtag here is we walk the talk, which they (Opposition) they don’t walk, they don’t talk,” she added.