KUALA LUMPUR – Latheefa Koya, who publicly revealed the audio recording conversations between the former Prime Minister and several other individuals could cause trial by media of those implicated in the audio clips.
Slamming the revelation by the Chief Commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as improper and regretted, lawyer, Ramkarpal Singh said that he personally did not agree with spying on people in their telephone conversations although it may be provided for in law today.
He said, the phone tapping may also be unconstitutional as it infringes a person’s right to privacy.
Elaborating further, Ramkarpal, the Member of Parliament of Bukit Gelugor admiited that everyone wants know and get to the bottom of what was allegedly said in the said recordings and if the individuals involved are responsible for any offence which may have been committed.
“But that is the job of the courts, not the media or for that matter, any agency investigating the individuals purportedly in the said recordings,” he said in a statement through his Facebook.
Yesterday, Latheefa played the 9 audio clips with a total duration of 45 minutes at a news conference. The audio recordings allegedly involved Datuk Seri Najib Razak and individuals such as the former Chief Commissioner of MACC, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.
Najib’s conversation with the leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were also played to the local and international media practitioners. The news conference was also broadcasted live in Facebook.
The DAP National Legal Bureau Chairman also emphasized that, the MACC or the police are responsible in investigating the clips and present them in court to determine if such conversations are evidences of criminal offences.
He also expressed his concerns if such a trend is to continue, we will soon see alleged criminals being found guilty in a press conference and not a court of law.
“If there is evidence against the individuals implicated in the said recordings, charge them and present those recordings in court as evidence for its consideration.
“Those accused would have every right to challenge those recordings and it would be for the court to decide if such a challenge is sustainable or not,” he said.
According to Ramkarpal, it is not for the government to dictate how the MACC goes about its affairs as it is an independent agency but the rule of law must be observed and the actions of the MACC are inconsistent with it. -MalaysiaGazette