Looks like Gani has to explain, especially when the allegations came from former senior cop like Mat Zain Ibrahim who used to be Kuala Lumpur criminal investigation chief. And of course, when conglomerates like Mas and Perwaja were brought up, it triggers an alarm. Why? Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was PM at that time.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak yesterday, Mat Zain said Abdul Gani, then a senior public prosecutor heading the prosecution division in 1994, was involved in covering up the roles of “ministers and chief ministers” in scandals such as the RM8 billion and RM4 billion losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Perwaja Steel respectively.
“Between 1994 and 1996, Gani Patail was busy playing his role in closing cases or burying information that linked ministers or chief ministers who could be proven to have abused power or were corrupt. This includes the Perwaja case and also the one related to Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli.”He was referring to MAS’s claim that Tajuddin was responsible for RM8 billion in losses during his tenure as executive chairman of the national carrier from 1994 to 2001.
Tajuddin aka TRI, used a similar modus operandi of “signing long-term and lopsided contracts” similarly used by Perwaja Steel as well as Tenaga Nasional Berhad in its power deals with independent power producers (IPP) that is said to cost taxpayers RM20 billion a year.
“There are similarities in the MO used by all three companies. A common factor may be found and we cannot ignore the possibility that the persons involved in all the agreements are the same,” said Mat Zain, who headed the 1998 police probe into former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s black-eye case.
He added that the 1994-6 period seemed rife with scandals, including holidays taken by former Chief Justice Tan Sri Eusuff Chin and former Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah with lawyer Datuk VK Lingam, who was implicated in fixing judicial appointments.
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So, will there be investigations on this? What would be Najib's course of action to answer the allegations or will he just ignore it?
Let's wait and see...but on second thought, who does Mat Zain support now... Najib or Anwar?