This is because Rafidah had failed to address the most important reason for Fazrinís disentitlement for the shares - abuse of power and corruption.
Rafidah was being disingenuous when asked in Parliament yesterday about the recommendation of the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) that there was prima facie case to prosecute her for corruption in connection with the allotment of the shares to her son-in-law, claiming that "nobody knows what is in the secret documents" and that "the subject matter of the document is not something we should be discussing in Parliament".
Rafidah is wrong as the issue of the allocation of shares to her son-in-law and the recommendation by the ACA that there is prima facie case for her prosecution for corruption are the very issues which should be discussed in Parliament.
In actual fact, during the debate on the second batch of 1999 supplementary estimates on July 20, 1999, I had specifically raised the issue which Rafidah failed to give an adequate and satisfactory response yesterday.
I had focussed during my parliamentary speech on the police report lodged
by former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Dang Wangi Police
Station, Report No. 20255/99) on 9th July 1999 making the very serious
allegation of interference with justice by the Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Attorney General
Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah in shielding Rafidah Aziz from being
prosecuted in court on five corruption charges.
I told Parliament that Anwar had referred to a document of the Prosecution Division, Attorney General's Office dated 14 March, 1995 signed by Abdul Gani Patail, which was handed him when he was Deputy Prime Minister by Attorney General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah towards the end of 1995. The document clearly stated there was prima facie basis to prosecute Dato Paduka Rafidah Aziz, the Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on five counts of corruption under Section 2(2),Ordinance 22, 1970.
In his report, Anwar said the Attorney General did not proceed with the charges due to the interference of the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Muhammad as a result of which the prosecution of Dato Paduka Rafidah Aziz could not as
yet be carried to completion. As such, the failure to do so in accordance with the provisions of the law tantamounts to Mahathir and Mohtar Abdullah having interfered in the carrying out of justice and acted against the provisions of the law.
In January this year, Parti Keadilan Nasional youth chief, Mohamad Ezam Mohamad Nor was charged under the Official Secrets Act for disclosing classified Anti-Corruption Agency reports to reporters last November - one of which was in connection with ACA investigations into Rafidah Aziz.
Ezam may or may not be guilty technically of an offence under the Official Secrets Act, but the more important question is why the ACAís recommendations for the prosecution of Rafidah for corruption had not been acted upon.
The Prime Minister must answer the serious charge that the Official
Secrets Act is being used to protect corruption and explain why he had
shielded Rafidah Aziz from prosecution on five corruption charges.