Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
نجيب ارهكن اڤندي علي سراڠ محضير؟
On the 11thof June 2020, I wrote:
According to Apandi, sometime in January 2018, Dato’ Sri Gopal Sri Ram had come to see him personally to talk about Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He arrived at my house with a young Chinese lawyer, and upon sitting down, he launched into his long argument of why I shouldn’t have responded negatively but I countered him and explained that everything I had put in the reply was carefully thought out and argued amongst us in chambers.
Then suddenly, he said, that that was only an excuse to see me and that he had a bigger agenda at hand.
“Tun M sent me to see you.”
“He wants you to arrest Najib at his office, you go tomorrow at 2pm, we have arranged for the police in Putrajaya to do what is necessary on your instructions. We have also arranged for a magistrate to issue the remand order when he is brought before him or her.”
“Brother, you will be a hero in the eyes of the people and you will be the first AG to arrest a sitting Prime Minister.”
“Don’t worry, we have laid the ground plans, all I need now is for you to agree.”
Then I asked him, “On what grounds is he supposed to be arrested for?”
He said: “Brother, people out there are frustrated and unhappy, the fact that you arrest him, never mind the reason, will make people happy.”
Prior to the 14thgeneral election, sometime towards the end of 2017, I was made to understand that Najib had some issues with Apandi over the latter’s “dealings” with Mahathir.
One way of putting it is this – Apandi had one foot in camp Mahathir and one foot in camp Najib. ThIS was the impression I was given and the main theme of discussions in Facebook pages belonging to Najib’s men.
Then, sometime in December 2017, Najib was said to have entered a deal with Apandi and told the latter to sweep some ‘dirt’ on 1MDB under the carpet.
I was made to understand that Apandi had turned against Mahathir for some reason or other and decided to work with Najib.
True or not, Apandi was most certainly pro-Najib in the lead up to the 14th general election and practically granted Najib ‘sainthood’ over the 1MDB scandal.
And therein my concern – if indeed Apandi was on good terms with Najib, why did he not alert Najib of Mahathir’s so-called attempt to subvert government?
Being the principal legal advisor to government, was Apandi not duty bound to lodge a police report and inform Najib of the attempt?
Why did Apandi choose to make the revelation two years after, weeks before the High Court was due to hand out its verdict on Najib’s SRC trial.
Surely Apandi, a well learned lawyer, would have known better than to suddenly reappear with a shoddily written account via Facebook, giving rise to speculation and unwanted debates in the court of public opinion.
It didn’t come as a surprise to me that some days later, Najib and his lawyer used an affidavit prepared by Apandi to challenge the appointment of Gopal Sri Ram as lead prosecutor.
I was dumbfounded when I read the affidavit – it seemed more the ramblings of a ‘half baked lawyer’ than it was the account of someone who once referred to himself as Attorney General.
I was immediately of the opinion that Najib was using Apandi to subvert his trial by skewing public opinion to pressure the judge.
Needless to say, the attempt fell flat on its face and was met with response by Gopal himself, who concurred wholeheartedly that Apandi had indeed tried to subvert Najib’s 1MDB-related trial.
Fast forward to today, and Apandi is back in the limelight, this time, with a lawsuit against Mahathir and the Government of Malaysia (GoM) over his ‘wrongful’ dismissal as Attorney General.
Is it a coincidence that the Perikatan Nasional led government, already on the brink of collapse, could fall mid December should a bloc vote against the Federal Supply Bill work against Muhyiddin’s favour?
I read Apandi’s latest claim with keen interest and find it to be as superfluous, exaggerated and nonsensical as was his previous claim against Gopal Sri Ram and Mahthir (see video below).