KUALA LUMPUR, July 31, 2015:
Constitutional expert Professor Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said former Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should take up his dismissal to court. Dr Abdul Aziz said there has to be a hearing as the AG could not be summarily dismissed. He pointed out that the Constitution, under Article 145(6), states that a tribunal must be set up to remove an AG. “Tax payers are entitled to know why he was sacked. “We urge him to come out and take the case to court,” he told reporters in a press conference at the DAP headquarters today. It was announced on Jul 28 that Abdul Gani’s services were terminated effective Jul 29 due to health reasons. Former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali was appointed as Abdul Gani’s successor. At the same time, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said it was ridiculous for Abdul Gani to be dismissed, two months before his mandatory retirement at the age of 60, on grounds of ‘health reasons’. “Gani’s ‘kidney problem’ is not an official secret and is widely known but it has never incapacitated him from carrying the duties as AG. “In fact, in recent weeks, Gani was never more in command of his powers and resources as head of the multi-agency Special Task Force into the 1MDB scandal, suspending bank accounts and starting the arrest of several persons connected to the 1MDB scandal,” said Lim, referring to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.