Unity govt will walk the talk, says Azalina

Ravin Palanisamy

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said says that unlike the previous administration, the unity government will fulfil its promise to separate the roles of the public prosecutor and the attorney-general. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 18, 2023.

MINISTER of law and institutional reform in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today panned the previous Perikatan Nasional (PN) government for failing to separate the roles of the public prosecutor and the attorney-general when it was in power.

Responding to Hamzah Zainudin (Larut-PN), who had urged the Madani government led by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim to refrain from selective prosecutions, Azalina (Pengerang-BN) said the administration was committed to good governance.

“Why didn’t the PN government separate the powers of the prosecutor and the AG when you (Hamzah) were in power?” she asked.

“Don’t talk about selective prosecution because the Madani government is committed to fairer governance. That is why our hashtag is ‘We walk the talk’ while yours is ‘They don’t walk and they don’t talk’.”

Hamzah, who is the opposition leader, had brought up the indictment of Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin, calling it “political prosecution”

“In our view, this is deemed a political move, an oppression,” he said.

“Many such similar events have caused us to feel that the government is not sincere in carrying out its duties.”

Azalina told him that the unity government was committed to separating the offices of the AG and public prosecutor.

Last week, she said two special task forces would be formed to study and quicken the process.

Azalina said the task force would include representatives from the Parliament Special Select Committee on Human Rights, Elections, and Institutional Reforms, opposition lawmakers, the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the legal affairs division.

She said the technical task force will prepare an interim report within a year. – September 18, 2023.

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