GEORGE TOWN: The recent leak of a circular issued by Solicitor General III Datuk Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria is serious and dangerous, as it is internal communication from within the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC), says Jelutong MP R.S.N. Rayer (pic).
He urged Attorney General Tommy Thomas or the Solicitor General to direct their officers to lodge a police report so that the police can investigate and find out the source of the leak and ensure that this does not occur again.
“This incident has happened far too many times and puts the integrity, efficiency and dignity of the AGC in jeopardy.
“This leakage has also led to public perception that the impartiality and professionalism of the AGC has been compromised.
“This is why this must never happen again.
“Immediate investigations must be launched pursuant to a police report to enable the police to find out if there (are people) loyal to the previous Barisan Nasional administration, and to weed them out once and for all,” he said in a statement on Monday (Feb 11).
Rayer, who is also a lawyer, said if a police report was not lodged immediately by the AGC, he was prepared to do it to protect and preserve the integrity and dignity of the AGC under the present government.
An email circular instructing Deputy Public Prosecutors (DPPs) to object to the postponement of several high profile corruption cases was leaked recently.
Mohamad Hanafiah was quoted on Feb 10 as saying the directive was an internal matter within the AGC.
“I am surprised that it found its way out.
"The circular was only addressed to the DPPs who were handling trials involving SRC International, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and others.
“I wish to explain here that the AGC is part of the machinery of the federal government and being part of it, we receive direction and instruction from the government.
“The AGC always adheres to the government’s directives, so long as they are lawful and not against the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement.