Resign or prepare to get sacked, Kit Siang tells Apandi

  • May 28, 2018
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DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has issued attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali a scathing ultimatum: resign honourably, or prepare to be sacked.

In a statement today, Lim reminded Apandi that he has been “indecently” hanging on to his post for the three weeks since the watershed May 9 general election.

"Apandi's refusal to resign as AG is nothing but the most untenable, unseemly and even indecent hanging on to the office of attorney-general, although he knows that the historic vote last May 9, was not only a thumping verdict of no confidence on Najib Abdul Razak as the prime minister but also on him as the AG.

"The constitutional stalemate is in fact a reflection that he should not have been appointed as attorney-general in the first place in the disastrous last week of July 2015," he said.

Lim is the third DAP lawmaker to ask Apandi to resign, after Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.

The Iskandar Puteri MP also pointed out on May 23 that Apandi's position is untenable.

To save himself from further ignominy, Lim said, Apandi should not exploit constitutional niceties and loopholes to stay in office, but instead tender his resignation without further delay.

"What does Apandi think he has to gain from prolonging such a constitutional stalemate?" he asked.

Apandi, a former Federal Court judge, was appointed by Najib to replace Abdul Gani Patail on July 28, 2015, on a three-year contract.

In 2016, he cleared the former premier of wrongdoing over the multi-billion ringgit deposits in his personal bank accounts, which international investigations showed originated from 1MDB.

However, Najib claimed the money was a donation from a member of the Saudi royal family, and denied wrongdoing or taking public funds for personal gain.