KUALA LUMPUR: Despite criticisms, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) decision to air audio clips that appear to implicate former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor and other former government figures should be commended, says Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (Patriot).
Its president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji (pic) said in a statement on Friday (Jan 10) that Patriot would like to see swift action taken, including the opening of an investigation against those implicated in the released phone conversations.
"Those in high office, abetted by very senior officials, have committed the gravest of crimes and no stones should be left unturned," he said.
"We are aware that MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya’s conduct of releasing the recorded phone conversations involving Najib Razak may be sub judice and breaches the law. (However, ) Nothing in this new episode adds to a trial-by-media compared to what already has (taken place).
Arshad said the revelation would instead debunk the belief of Barisan Nasional supporters who kept insisting that former premier Najib was not guilty of abuse of power.
"Any breach of legal principles on her part is for learned judges to decide, if need be.
"What is of vital importance is for all Malaysians to acknowledge that very serious crimes have been committed by top leaders of the previous administration and shamefully abetted by top government officials.
"We need to quickly bring the shameful past to a close and heal wounds, quit the ethno-religious politicking and focus on nation-building," he said.
According to Arshad, Latheefa and her team should be commended and not ridiculed.
"We were told that even the Prime Minister was not consulted about the press conference. This is a positive step towards institutionalising the MACC as a fully independent body," he said.