GEORGETOWN, July 29, 2015:
The termination of a deputy Prime Minister (DPM) is not unusual, but not when it involves one who is also the Umno deputy president, Lim Guan Eng said.
In commenting on yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle, the Penang Chief Minister said the last time something of this magnitude happened was back in1998 when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim “suffered the same fate”.
Anwar was sacked as the nation’s number two over alleged corruption and sodomy.
Lim then demanded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak provide a full explanation as to why Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was removed as the DPM as well as other ministers.
He also wondered if the 1Malaysia Development Bhd issue had anything to do with the removal of the ministers.
“The Penang state government views this matter seriously and is careful about the outcome and development,” the DAP secretary-general told reporters at a press conference in Komtar here today.
Lim opined that it was something that not only Malaysians would have a hard time accepting but foreign investors as well as there had been no “strong and valid reasons” from Najib in substantiating his move to remove Muhyiddin.
“We can see a repeat of the past — those who wish to expose are being taken action against but those who are involved in the scandal are protected and not removed.”
Lim also predicted the move would affect the already weak economy of the country hence Najib should explain.
Another issue that is of the same importance, said Lim, was the removal of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as Attorney-General, arguing the latter could only be removed via a tribunal.
He said if there was no basis to remove Abdul Gani, then the latter was still the rightful Attorney-General in Malaysia now even if he resigned.
“As long as he didn’t willingly vacate his post, he is still considered the A-G and Apandi is not considered the A-G, ” said Lim,referring to Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali, who was yesterday named as Abdul Gani’s successor.
Describing the matter as “a serious constitutional issue”, Lim also said it would cause much confusion so long as there is no certainty and clarity over who is the rightful Attorney-General.
The Bagan lawmaker said it would impossible to function normally in legal terms.
Thus,it was incumbent upon Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to step forward and explain the matter instead of keeping an “unholy silence”.
“He should state whether he has resigned as A-G, until and unless he states clearly he is still the A-G and can only be removed by tribunal which the Agong has the consent to be established before it can be set up.”