CSO PLATFORM FOR REFORM WANTS TRANSPARENCY AND SEPARATION OF AGC-PP POWERS: A RESPONSE TO ZAHID HAMIDI’ DISCHARGE NOT AMOUNTING TO ACQUITTAL (DNAA) DECISION
CSO Platform for Reform expresses our grave concerns regarding the
recent decision by the High Court to grant the Deputy Prime Minister
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi a Discharge Not Amounting to Acquittal (DNAA)
on all 47 corruption, criminal breach of trust (CBT), and money
laundering charges after a four-year trial at the High Court.
The DNAA was requested by the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC)
even after a prima facie case against Zahid Hamidi had already been
established. The public deserves a comprehensive explanation for this
decision, as it raises clear questions about the motives and reasons
behind this step.
The AGC should be transparent in this matter of public interest, by
explaining any possible new charges or evidence that is being
considered. The AGC also needs to clarify the new investigative
directions they are pursuing in Zahid Hamidi’s case. The Malaysian
people have the right to know the developments in this case.
In this respect, we would like to express the urgent need for the
separation of powers between the AGC and the Public Prosecutor.
Granting DNAA to Zahid Hamidi has raised various questions about
potential interference in the decision-making process. Only through the
separation of powers between the AGC and the Public Prosecutor can
the government restore the people's trust in Malaysia's legal system.
Presently, the Attorney General also holds the position of Chief Public
Prosecutor. This position should not be consolidated, especially when
filled through political appointment. This has raised perceptions that all
decisions made by the Attorney General are influenced by the
Therefore, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim must implement this reform. We believe that the
reform agenda for the Attorney General's position is eagerly awaited by the people,
especially from a Prime Minister who has consistently championed the reform agenda and
emphasised the importance of good governance.
CSO Platform for Reform once again expresses our urgent concern with the decision made
by the AGC yesterday. The AGC needs to address all doubts and questions that have arisen,
and they must be transparent with the public about the direction of Zahid Hamidi's case. We
call on the Madani Government to promptly implement the separation of powers between
the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor. This is not a "nice to have" reform but
critical to re-establishing public trust and confidence which have been severely affected by
This is no longer a time for deliberation but for implementation.