Acting Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has urged Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to extricate themselves from direct involvement with the case made against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Dr Koh said in lieu of Anwar’s allegations against the duo, it was in the best interest of impartiality and public perception for Musa and Abdul Gani to refrain themselves from direct involvement in the Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor’s sodomy allegation and ensure there was no conflict of interest.“We must also take into account that Anwar is making allegations against the attorney-general and the inspector-general of police. In view of that, we would like to suggest that both the AG and the IGP rightly excuse and export themselves from direct involvement into the present case.“So that again, they are not subject to allegations of (a) lack of partiality and there will be no conflict of interest in the issue rising out of it.“But in order to further the acception of the public and the international media, the AG and the IGP should extricate themselves from this case,” Dr Koh said in a press conference at the Gerakan party office in Menara PGRM here today.
He suggested that independent and competent international experts be engaged in the investigation of Anwar’s case because it had been publicised and politicised by the local and international media.“In a way, we are supporting a proposal by Pemuda Gerakan. This is because it (the case) has been very much politicised and publicised, even in the international media.“It is not because we do not have confidence in the expertise and integrity of our own professionals. I am saying that we must include in the investigation of international experts, who are not only competent but who are fit to be independent,” he continued.According to Dr Koh, this would ensure that the government could answer any potential allegation of possible fabrication since the issue was highly ethical and could be subjected to a lot of questioning.“All these issues are highly ethical subjects to a lot of query, questioning. In other words, it is not just the facts of the case that are important but it is public perception that justice is done, it is seen to be done.“Otherwise, the government will be subject to a lot of allegations. There will be a lot of doubt which is not healthy for the government. Unfortunately, the problem is aggravated by the undue haste of the police in not honouring the deadline, to make the arrest early,” Dr Koh added.
He said that the move made by the police gave everyone the impression of unnecessary high handedness.“There is a need actually to make sure the element of independence and impartiality is strictly adhered to. So that there’s no doubt. Whatever the results, there will be no doubts. This is not to question the capability or the integrity of our own officers but in terms of public perception in this political crisis, it is important we take that into account,” said Dr Koh.He also welcomed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s repeated assurances of safety and treating the case very fairly and thought that it was the correct stance made by Abdullah.