PETALING JAYA: Under Malaysian law, evidence and facts from the prosecution's side must be delivered to the accused to enable the latter to prepare his or her defence, said MCA spokesperson Chan Quin Er (pic).
Any new material that can be classified as evidence during the course of the case must be submitted to the courts as well as the defence for the purpose of evaluation, said Chan, in questioning the actual motive of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) disclosing the audio-recordings incriminating former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"Which is why I find the MACC’s decision to take the extraordinary measure going to the media and ignoring regular procedure so weird.
"Why did (MACC chief commissioner) Latheefa Koya hold a very long press conference to reveal the covert recordings of the conversation?
"What were her motivations behind her decision to flout procedure?" said Chan in a statement on Thursday (Jan 9).
Chan alleged that perhaps MACC decided to do an exposé with the intention of "submitting Najib to the court of public opinion", creating negative perception of the former premier as a "henpecked husband".
Chan said if that was indeed the case, why was there a need to have a judiciary and court system.
Chan said the disclosure of the recordings has gained both national and international attention and will create the impression that Malaysia is a police state where everybody is being spied on.
"It is irresponsible of Latheefa to plunge Malaysia’s diplomatic relations and international image into jeopardy, for the mere sake of destroying the political career of a man who has already lost power, and starting a smear campaign benefiting Pakatan Harapan in the upcoming Kimanis by-election," said Chan.
On Wednesday (Jan 8), MACC released nine audio recordings incriminating former top officials including Najib.
The anti-graft commission said the content of the audio recordings was a subversion of justice and institutions, adding that the MACC made them public so that there would not be any more attempts to undermine independent bodies.
Latheefa alleged that the audio conversation pointed to "serious power abuse, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and compromising national security".
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