KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15, 2015: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comments on an Al-Jazeera documentary over the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006 is tantamount to contempt of court, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
“First of all, the court has already tried this case and come up with its verdict.
“Is Dr Mahathir saying that the Malaysian courts cannot be trusted and that Malaysian judges are crooked?
“If not, why is Dr Mahathir questioning the court and insinuating that the court is not honest, which actually tantamounts to contempt of court?” he asked in his latest post on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.my today.
Salleh said Dr Mahathir must remember that way back in 1998, when he was Prime Minister, a similar allegation was made against him regarding former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial.
“…and Dr Mahathir replied that he is leaving it to the court to decide Anwar’s guilt or innocence, as the case may be. In fact, one lawyer, who questioned the judge, was actually charged with contempt of court,” he noted.
Besides, he said, it was not up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to prove his innocence, as Dr Mahathir had suggested.
“It is for the court to prove his guilt. And the court has already discharged Abdul Razak Baginda.
“So, in what other way is Dr Mahathir suggesting that Najib clear his name? Is there another method other than through the courts?,” asked Salleh. – The Rakyat Post