KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today urged Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali to step down as the country’s Attorney-General “honourably” or risk facing a sacking order eventually.
The Iskandar Puteri MP said prolonging the move would only result in further shame for Apandi, who is currently on a 30-day unrecorded leave.
“To save him from further ignominy, Apandi should not exploit the constitutional niceties and loopholes but resolve the three-week constitutional stalemate by submitting his resignation without any ado.
“What does Apandi think he has to gain from prolonging such a constitutional stalemate?” Lim asked in a statement.
Lim said Apandi’s refusal to step down displayed a character that was “most untenable, unseemly and even indecent” for attempting to hold on to the position.
After Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya, Apandi was asked to go on leave to allow investigations into the troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to be handled effectively.
Apandi had previously cleared former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoings and cited that a RM2.6 billion entering the latter’s personal account was a donation from a Saudi prince.
However, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), in a recent investigation into the case, claimed that there were no documents to support Apandi’s verdict.
Solicitor General Datuk Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek has in the interim stepped up to the role of the AG.