Zaid blames Apandi for slurs on Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has held Attorney-General Apandi Ali responsible for making Malaysia the object of the international media’s ridicule.

Speaking to FMT, he said Apandi had turned the country into the world’s laughing stock with his decision to clear Prime Minister Najib Razak of suspicions of wrongdoing in connection with the RM2.6 billion deposited in his personal bank accounts.

Zaid was commenting on a recent statement by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editor that the RM2.6 billion came from various companies linked to 1MDB. The allegation by WSJ’s Finance Editor, Ken Brown, contradicted Apandi’s assertion that the money was a donation from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

“Other countries want to expose all instances of wrongdoing,” Zaid said. “We’re the only country trying to conceal it. It’s very unfortunate. We are a laughing stock. We are made fun of as a country and ridiculed by the international media.

“We have a prime minister and government who are doing the total opposite of what others are doing.”

In a blog posting today, Zaid called on Malaysians to gather on March 27 to call for the resignation of the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Inspector-General of Police. He has not decided on the venue.

“We must declare our wish and desire to rid the country of leaders who are corrupt, including those civil servants who have helped cover up misdeeds,” he wrote.

“Let this gathering be our message to Najib and his friends that we will not abandon the country, and that we will not let corruption and those who abuse their power to rule any longer.” – FMT

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