KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General (AG) should explain why a decision was unexpectedly taken to drop two terrorism-related charges against Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
The MCA president said although police investigation was still ongoing, the public deserves to know the status of the matter.
"Why suddenly has the AG changed the stand and immediately drop the charges?
"I think a lot of people are just curious why it happened," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Thursday (Nov 7).
The Sessions Court here on Wednesday (Nov 6) allowed an application by the prosecution to drop two charges against Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran over alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Judge Madihah Harullah acceded to the request after deputy public prosecutor Aslina Ahad made the application.
R.S.N Rayer, the lead counsel for Gunasekaran, said all he knew was that the two charges were supposed to be under the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act (Sosma) 2012.
"This came as a rude shock to the police, as well. They didn't know what to do," added Dr Wee, who is the Ayer Hitam MP.
On the acquittal and discharge of a sales promoter, who was charged with reckless driving which led to a road accident in which eight teenage cyclists were killed, in 2017, Dr Wee said all parties must respect the court's decision.
"The 20-year-old girl was acquitted after she went through the court process.
"So, we have to respect the decision of the court," added Dr Wee.
However, he pointed out that it was different with the case of the death of fireman Muhammad Adib.
"The controversy started especially among the Muslim community.
"They are unhappy with the pre-judgement or stand taken by the AG prior to the process in court.
"That spark the whole controversy, but for me, I don't care whether it is Malay, Chinese or Indian, whoever the victims are.
"To be fair, if your son or daughter served as a fire and rescue department officer, but then suddenly, while he is rescuing victims, he is beaten up or you're told that his sudden death is caused by somebody else.
"I think the parents cannot accept it. I think that sparked the controversy and people are unhappy with it.
"I think these two cases totally different in nature," added Dr Wee.
He was asked whether he agreed with Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who claimed that the law was being abused under the watch of the Pakatan Harapan government and the AG.
Zahid, who spoke during a ceramah in Tanjung Piai late on Wednesday night (Nov 6), had questioned why the woman was acquitted as though there was no evidence to bring justice over the death of eight teenage cyclists in the 3.30am accident.