TTF: This is what I call sheer Jijah stupidity (see news item below, 3 days old). On the 9th of January 2018, I wrote the following (in orange):
For Anwar to be granted a Royal pardon, his case must first be brought to the Pardons Board of the Federal Territories. Now, should Mahathir become the next Prime Minister of Malaysia, it is he who will advise the King who gets to be the next Attorney-General of Malaysia, assuming, of course, he wants Apandi Ali removed.
But it is highly unlikely that Mahathir will remove Apandi Ali, as the latter is already his mole in UMNO. Under the circumstances, Apandi will sit on the Pardons Board of the Federal Territories along with the Federal Territories Minister (which, of course, will be Mahathir’s man) and three other members appointed by the King on Mahathir’s advice.
Yes, it will be more Mahathir’s Board than it will be a Pardons Board.
When you take that into account and the fact that the board is constitutionally obligated to consider the written opinion of the Attorney General, it is highly unlikely that the decision will be against Mahathir’s favour.
Rest assured, there is no way on earth the former premier would allow the Attorney-General to recommend that Anwar be pardoned. Could that be the reason Wan Azizah is desperate to have former judges on the Pardons Board?
Everyone who is anyone knows that the majority of ex-judges out there have very little regard for Mahathir. Under the circumstances, is the PKR president hoping that these judges would eclipse the Attorney-General’s position on Anwar, enough to influence the King in her jailed husband’s favour?
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan will appoint ex-judges to be on the Pardons Board if they win federal power, so that they can help prove Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s innocence, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today.
Channel News Asia today reported the Opposition Leader as saying that she believed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would consider the Pardons Board’s advice on the matter.
“Once we are elected, the government has a say in choosing and appointing members to the Pardons Board,” she reportedly said.
“Our Pardons Board will be filled with ex-judges so they can look into the matter and prove that Anwar is innocent,” she added.
Anwar, who is also Dr Wan Azizah’s husband, is due to be released from prison sentence for sodomy in June this year, but would be ineligible to return to legislative position for another five years due to his conviction.
PH previously said that the coalition plans to apply for a royal pardon for Anwar should it win the elections, which will enable him to return to public life right after his release and assume the position of the Prime Minister.
Its candidate for the post of Prime Minister in the forthcoming elections is Anwar’s former political nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Source: The Malay Mail Online