PUTRAJAYA, Aug 8, 2014:
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail insists he will not bow down to pressure from certain quarters who are asking him to quit.
In a meeting withThe Rakyat Postrecently, Abdul Gani said what he was doing was based on the rule of law instead of being populist.
“I must follow the provisions of the Law. I am a professional. I am not play-acting and I am not as popular as certain people are. I play by the rules.
“For as long as I am holding on to my position, I will finish my work the best way I can,” he said when met at his office in Putrajaya.
Abdul Gani has come under pressure from various quarters, including Umno Youth, asking him to resign after what they claimed as his failure to handle cases that involved insults being hurled at Islam and Malays.
He was also slammed for allegedly practising selective prosecution when he appeared to act fast to prosecute those who insulted other religions or races, while those who insulted Islam and Malays saw no action taken against them. The Attorney-General admitted that he, together with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) faced certain hardship in collecting evidence that could be produced in court for prosecution purposes.
“I admit, sometimes we have trouble with certain cases regarding collecting evidence. However, we have always worked within the confines of the law because we cannot run away from it.
“When we go to court, we need the law. I may have my own personal sentiments, but I need to keep that separate.
“Look at the facts. There are those that we prosecute, day in and day out. What does that say? We are taking action right?” he said, denying claims that he was “sleeping” as claimed by several quarters. Abdul Gani has been the Attorney-General since January 1, 2002 and to date has served for more than 12 years.
He has also served under three Prime Ministers as the top legal adviser.