Safeguard judicial independence, says MCA after Siti Aisyah's charge dropped

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

PETALING JAYA: MCA has questioned Malaysia's judicial independence after the murder charge against Indonesian Siti Aisyah was dropped.

MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon expressed concern that the charge against Siti Aisyah in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was dropped without any reason.

"The independence of the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) and its prosecutors once again comes under disrepute.

"The latest fiasco being the prosecutors, acting on instructions, withdrew the murder charge against Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah without giving any reason," he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 12).

Siti Aisyah's release came following a letter written by Indonesian Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly requesting the Malaysian prosecution to drop the charges against her.

Dr Mah called into question Malaysia's judicial process, which he said was allegedly influenced by interference from other countries.

"Why is the AG succumbing to foreign interference into our prosecution?

"From the purported meddling by the Pakatan Harapan government to the AG to expedite high-profile corruption cases, is Malaysia now allowing other nations to dictate and determine the outcome of criminal proceedings against its citizens?" he said.

Dr Mah also took the government to task for the "unequal treatment" afforded to Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, who was jointly accused of assassinating Jong-nam.

"There seems to be double standards practised by the prosecutors in the application of the law.

"Doan's lawyer raises a pertinent point which begs answers from the AG: 'The charge against Siti Aisyah was withdrawn, but the charge against Doan was not, and no reason was advanced.'

"Are the lives of Malaysian travellers and expatriates in Vietnam, and fishermen and marine, oil and gas workers, and navy crew stationed along disputed maritime territorial waters now susceptible to detention by Viet authorities as a bargaining chip to secure the release of Doan?" he asked.

He urged the AGC to safeguard the independence of Malaysia's legal system "without fear or favour".

"To restore confidence in the independence of the AG's Chambers and the Judiciary, it must resist whatever pressures from the Executive (branch of government) and trans-border intrusion," he said.

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