PUTRAJAYA, May 14 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali would go on leave and the Solicitor-General would stand in for him with immediate effect.
He said several complaints had been made against Mohamed Apandi but no official report had been made on the allegations against him.
In the absence of Mohamed Apandi, the duties of the Attorney-General, including attending the meeting of the Pardons Board tomorrow, would be performed by the Solicitor-General, he said at a press conference after a meeting with secretaries-general of ministries at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.
The Pardons Board is meeting tomorrow with regard to the case of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“The Solicitor-General has the authority to discharge the duties of the Attorney-General.”
“The position of the Attorney-General is a little difficult because he has just been given a contract and (we) have to follow the law. Several measures must be taken for a suspension, so the Attorney-General is asked to go on leave.”
“While he is on leave, the Solicitor-General can stand in for him and perform his duties. We still have the Solicitor-General to discharge the duties of the Attorney-General,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said the government would be able to initiate an investigation against Mohamed Apandi if there was a police report on the allegations against him, and it would probably be able to suspend the Attorney-General and take other action, such as barring him from going abroad.
Asked if Mohamed Apandi was being asked to go on leave because of the alleged cover-up of several cases, he said: “Yes, there have been complaints against the AG. But no formal report. On that basis, we gave him a holiday.\”
Asked why Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad resigned today, Dr Mahathir said that was his choice.