Keep the politics out of Najib case verdict

Senior lawyer Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos says no matter what happens tomorrow, no one should politicise the judiciary when the verdict on former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s case is delivered.

“No matter what the outcome, there will be political narratives – whether Najib is found guilty or otherwise,” said Jahaberdeen.

“Some people will be happy and others not so. There will also be people who may question the judiciary if the verdict doesn’t go the way they expect. That must not be allowed to happen.

“The courts must dispense justice without fear or favour. And whatever the outcome, the people and politicians must look at the decision to see if it is grounded in law.”

He added the people should focus on the institution rather than the people involved – something Malaysians have failed to do.

“For example, during the sodomy case of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, there were so many allegations the case was fixed, and there was a ‘travesty of justice’ in the outcome.

“But until today, there has been no RCI (Royal Commission of Inquiry) to look into those allegations,” he said.

“Politicians come and go, but the institution will remain. We need to empower the judiciary to focus on the process.”

He added the people have to depoliticise the narrative. The problem with Malaysia is that everything is politicised.

Separately, he said when Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer made shocking claims exposing a purported scam between top judges and private litigants to cheat the government last year, the rakyat was promised an RCI.

“But until today, there has been none.”

He said the non-action would cloud people’s view of the judiciary.

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ANOTHER DEAL TURNS SOUR FOR MALAYSIAN FOOTBALL

Malaysian football has suffered a blow as Malaysian Football League (MFL) has taken streaming service iflix to court, as reported by Twentytwo13 this morning.

MFL and iflix entered a 10-year agreement to show the Super League, Malaysia Cup, FA Cup and Premier League on the video-on-demand portal in 2018.

The 10-year deal was believed to be worth RM300 million.

AD AGENCY DIRECTOR CLAIMS TRIAL TO 12 CHEATING CHARGES

Ibrahim Omar, director of advertising agency IO Movement, pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court to 12 charges of using false documents related to an RM90 million Tourism Malaysia bribery scandal.

Ibrahim Omar was accused of committing 10 of the offences under Section 471 of the Penal Code and the remaining two under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act.

Seven of the offences were allegedly committed between June and September 2019 and five in June this year.

NO INTERSTATE TRAVEL BAN

Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Malaysians are free to travel to their hometowns for this week’s Hari Raya Haji celebrations.

He, however, reiterated that Malaysians must adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and said those under home quarantine, wearing the pink bracelet, cannot receive visitors.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has allowed the Sarawak government to limit inter-zone movement from Aug 1 to 14. This follows an increase in the number of positive cases over the past few days. Sarawak will also limit the number of incoming flights from peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan from Aug 1 to 14.

PROJECT BINA BANGSA TO EXPLORE FOUNDATIONS OF MALAYSIA

Pusaka, in collaboration with Allianz Malaysia, will embark on a public education initiative, Projek Bina Bangsa, which will contribute to greater historical clarity on the forging of Malaysia as a nation.

Through the publication of a series of 10 books that explore the foundations of the nation, Projek Bina Bangsa will provide essential material for public education and a broader discussion on Malaysia’s history, its present, and its future.

RETIRED TEACHER LATEST MACAU SCAM VICTIM

It is sad that despite countless reminders, Malaysians still fall victim to Macau scams. The latest victim, a 71-year-old retired teacher, lost RM1.06 million recently after banking in the money into 10 bank accounts.

“The scammer said the victim was being investigated and warned her not to tell anyone or risk prosecution for money laundering,” Petaling JAYA OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal told a press conference.