When Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim reacted to Raja Petra's expose on Justice Dato' Nazlan Ghazali's wrongdoing and MACC statement claiming they are authorised to investigate corruption allegations against judges, Tun Dr Mahathir was not chorusing with the rest.
He was not attacking MACC as meddling into judicial affair or questioning their authority to investigate or latest narrative of judicial intimidation. Neither did he attempt to deny Nazlan is conflicted nor vouch for his innocence.
Instead Mahathir strangely went into another of his typical tantrum towards Dato Seri Najib on twitter.
He labelled Najib as corrupt and repeated the tired accusation of his generous social program for rakyat well being as cash-is-king bribery. And, he continued his tirade to paint Najib as wasteful, spendthrift and not prudent as though he is one.
It only shows a Mahathir desperately needed to convince the growingly unconvinced public that Najib deserved to be mistreated and any wrong in the judicial process is justified.
It is Mahathir in fear that the sins of his judicial past will catch up on him.
Sacking of Apandi Ali
Indeed about 10 days earlier, Government announced off court settlement of RM2.3 million to Tan Sri Apandi Ali's lawsuit for wrongful termination as AG in 2018.
It was another of Mahathir's past sin on the judiciary. He has lots more haunting him.
After 23 days of silence, this morning he expressed his protest of the government's decision on twitter again. He must have given up on blog and Facebook.
Mahathir admitted of being accused of bad intention and ignoring the civil service procedure in sacking of Apandi. He claimed to have made the decision in view of Apandi being an UMNO lawyer thus not independent and bias in his decision on SRC investigation.
After 23 days, the best attention grabbing spin Mahathir could come up was to demand government not keep the agreement a secret. Actually revealing it will only embarrass him. This was a clear cut breach of contract case.
The government had renewed Apandi's contract for another three years to commence on July 28th 2018. It was reported by Utusan Malaysia (above).
The palace too gave a statement on June 3rd 2018 that there is no termination of Apandi's contract. It was intended to refute Mahathir for arbitrarily announcing termination of his contract on May 12th 2018.
The secret deal is not a legitimate excuse. Mahathir expelled a member of the judiciary without due process of tribunal. Read up Federal Constitution.
AG Chambers knew Mahathir and government were at fault for dismissing Apandi. Only an idiot Mahathir idol worshipper or possibly on payroll like PERKASA Sec Gen would fall for the secret deal line.
SRC fix up
So much for the arguments by opposition and pro-opposition lawyers claiming Nazlan could only be investigated upon the decision of a tribunal.
That is only applicable for matters involving ethics. There was no tribunal formed that made a decision Apandi had acted unethically to warrant termination.
If Mahathir is unhappy that Apandi decided no case against Najib on SRC and called him bias, he could explain himself why prosecution withheld evidence that disprove prosecution case that the money in Najib account in the SRC case originated from KWAP.
Sithambram and Nazlan could be guilty for colluding to suppress evidence. Dato Gopal Sri Ram could be guilty of fabricating a case.
He was unethically operating and directing investigation at MACC. It explains why there judges commenting 1MDB and SRC cases lack convincing evidence and investigation not completed.
It can only be expected when a devious and ill intent former judge and lawyer more inlined to fix case than investigate for truth.
Tan Sri Idrus Haron may have thought so too, but went silence as a mouse.
Daim was assigned to call the then CJ and President of the Court of Appeal to demand resignation. Gopal pretended to go on media to protest the improper removal.
So much for demanding tribunal and being independent. More on that in another posting.
Reopening VK Lingam Tape
Ambiga and other past Bar Council Presidents attempted to defend Nazlan with the line it is an attack and intimidation on judiciary using MACC. They plan to do a walk for justice demonstration and politicise it to the hilt.
Unfortunately, it is only reopening the past VK Linggam judicial scandal of fixing judges appointment.
Mahathir's name resurfaced as one of the six recommended by the 2011 RCI for further action. Pak Lah was too coward to do so. It can still be done.
Ambiga is niece to Gopal Sri Ram and another Bar Council President is also a known runner for a judge.
There are many renown senior lawyers who are clones of VK Linggam.
The reason why young lawyers in the Bar Council complained the existence of senior lawyers cartel. Maybe they are not aware of the collusion with judges.
The old fox must have been really nervous when Anwar started defending Nazlan. Its opening his Pandora box of judicial sin. From Salleh Abas to Nazlan Ghazali, Mahathir's sin of manipulating the judiciary is a long list.
Since Tan Sri Vincent Tan is mentioned, why was his son let of the hook by Tommy Thomas for the marijuana plants found in his house?
Yet singer Yasin Sulaiman is being charged and possibly could face a death sentence for having less number of marijuana plants at home.
Where was Syed Saddiq when he needed him most.