RCI urgently needed on conspiracy to hide cause of Adib’s death

It is also ironical that Thomas speaks of Syazlin contradicting his officers’ positions but makes no mention of the affidavit one of his officers, Hamdan Hamzah, submitted. Source (pic): TTF

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on allegations of judicial interference and misconduct is being set-up because Malaysians are demanding it.

However, what’s more needed than an RCI into judicial misconduct is an RCI into allegations that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin conspired to conceal evidence related to the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Questions are being raised as to why it took Tommy Thomas five months to establish the conflict of interest Sazlin posed given that the AGC would have been kept abreast of every development both by the Deputy Public Prosecutors (DPPs) assisting the coroner and the Coroner’s Court itself.


SUBANG JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on allegations of judicial interference and misconduct is being set-up because Malaysians are demanding it.

However, what’s more needed than an RCI into judicial misconduct is an RCI into allegations that Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamaruddin conspired to conceal evidence related to the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Malaysians are demanding for that too.


On Monday, Zuraida cast a shadow of doubt onto the inquest into Adib’s death when she claimed responsibility over the ‘sacking’ of lawyer Nor Syazlin Mansor who she appointed as counsel to represent her ministry.

The seemingly ‘courageous’ and ‘virtuous’ gesture quickly became questionable when it was revealed that Zuraida had contradicted an earlier stance she took when explaining why it was not necessary to find a replacement for Syazlin.

According to the minister, Syazlin’s appointment was an oversight as she had not known of the need to consult the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) when making the appointment.

Previously, however, when asked if Syazlin would be replaced, she told us that Thomas was already representing government, meaning, the minister had already known of the AGC’s role in the inquest proceedings but chose to bypass Thomas anyway.

The contradiction begs the question if Thomas kept Zuraida in the dark and spoke to her about the inquest only after calling for it or if the duo knew about the conflict of interest Syazlin posed from day one but kept quiet thinking that the lawyer would never pose a threat.

The above is one of the many anomalies related to the inquest that can only be scrutinised if an RCI is called.

Thomas has since confirmed that he told Syazlin to back off due to her representation of Adib’s family which, according to the AG, posed a conflict of interest in the inquest.

However, questions are being raised as to why it took him five months to establish the conflict given that the AGC would have been kept abreast of every development, both by the Deputy Public Prosecutors (DPPs) assisting the coroner and the Coroner’s Court itself.

Thomas himself admitted that the DPPs were the ones who informed him that Syazlin had taken an active part in the inquest and had often contradicted their positions.

Question is, did it take five months for the DPPs to tell him about Syazlin?

It is hardly conceivable that the AGC was not informed of Syazlin’s appointment by Zuraida or her ministry given that the inquest was called by the AGC itself.

Thomas’ role and ability to oversee the smooth running of the inquest without prejudice is itself in question given that he represented the developer of the land on which a Hindu temple sits.

The grounds surrounding the said temple is where Adib was wounded following riots that broke due to disputes involving the temple committee.

It is ironical that Thomas should be the one to point out the conflict of interest that arose with Syazlin’s appointment given that his own associations with the developer raises more questions than one.

Being the “principal legal advisor to government,” Thomas also poses yet another conflict of interest, this time, over the probability that he would protect the interests of Waytha Moorthy, a member of the same government who stands accused of having uttered racial slurs that catalysed the riots.

It is also ironical that Thomas speaks of Syazlin contradicting his officers’ positions but makes no mention of the affidavit one of his own officers, Hamdan Hamzah, submitted.

The affidavit, which prematurely concluded that Adib’s death was not due to the fireman being beaten, stood to subvert inquest proceedings as it was made when the inquest was still on-going.

THE THIRD FORCE

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