Wednesday 28 March 2012

'CCID chief right person to probe Copgate'

The police must be the ones taking the initiative to investigate the allegations brought up in the "Copgate" fiasco, which has brought disrepute to institutions responsible for dispensing justice.

NONESocial Just Care chairperson Robert Phang said inspector-general of police Ismail Omar should take Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein's call to provide evidence on the affair as a challenge and initiate investigations.

Phang (right) also suggested that present CCID director Syed Ismail Syed Azizan, whom he described as independent, heads the investigation as he is seen as one who would not be intimidated by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, who is implicated in the "Copgate" affair.

 Describing Syed Ismail as the right person for the job, Phang said the officer must also be commended for announcing the police recommendation that the National Feedlot Corporation be prosecuted for the "Cowgate" scandal.

NONE"That unconventional announcement was a very brave and smart move by Syed Ismail (left), so that there cannot be a cover-up for which the police will be made to take the blame.

"That really helped improve the image of the police in the eyes of the rakyat.

"The police should exclude present CID director, Bakri Zinin, from this investigation. This is to protect Bakri from allegations of being connected with Gani, as Bakri hails from Sabah.

"There should not be any stone unturned on all the reports made by former CCID director Ramli Yusuff against Gani and former IGP Musa Hassan that have now come into the public domain," Phang added.

ramli yusuff asset declare case 120310 02 Ramli has been calling for a tribunal investigation after having accused Gani, Musa and the then Anti-Corruption Agency of conspiring to fix him and his men for arresting alleged underworld figure Goh Cheng Poh or 'Tengku Goh', who is said to have close links with Musa.

Ramli (right) alleged that the ACA, which is now the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, had used a shady character to implicate him in trumped-up charges and allegations that he was a police officer with assets worth RM27 million.

Parliament also rejected an emergency motion tabled by Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah to set up a tribunal to hear the charges against Gani and Musa.

'Give evidence to the MACC'

 Last Friday Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak shot down the calls for the tribunal, saying it was on allegations that had not been substanstiated.

When pressured in Parliament on Monday by three Pakatan Rakyat MPs - one each from DAP, PAS and PKR - for an independent investigation in to the allegations, Hishammuddin said all evidence should be given to the MACC.

Ramli described to Najib's decision as a big disappointment for him ans his men, and that Hishammuddin's suggestion that the MACC investigates the allegations as defying logic.

The police, Phang said, should also investigate the truth of the statutory declaration (SD) by Musa's aide de camp on the former IGP's involvement with the underworld.

He said they should investigate the truth of 10 other SDs by police officers and also the SDs made by the whistleblowers that led to underworld kingpin Goh's arrest, along with the ACA's role in around their evidence.

Phang said the police should also investigate the unlawful access to the highly confidential police investigation files on Goh, Gani abdicating his duties under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution by refusing to prepare affidavits for the CCID officers, for "fixing up" Ramli and his six officers and for fixing up Ramli's lawyer as well.

tajudin ramli 1 He also wants police to investigate Gani's relationship with former Malaysia Airlines chairperson Tajudin Ramli (left), and his proxy Shahidan Shafie who went with Gani's family on their haj trip, as well as the suppression of evidence in the MAS and Ho Hup matter.

Phang said Gani's integrity would impact the whole justice system in this country and the rakyat sees the refusal to allow parliamentary debate on the "Copgate" scandal as a cover-up.

He said the evidence the government was looking for was in the public domain - evidence that was to difficult to be ignored.

Najib's rejection to dismiss a tribunal was only fuelling suspicion that Gani and Musa have a hold on the PM and other government leaders.

"Najib must dispel this by taking firm action," Phang added.

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