THE Clean and Fair Election Coalition (Bersih) reiterated its call to the Attorney General’s (AG) office to stop granting discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) to politicians ahead of a looming decision regarding the high-profile case involving former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the alleged misappropriation of RM27 mil from SRC International Sdn Bhd.
“The looming decision of whether to grant a DNAA to the accused stirred deep concern within Bersih, echoing a pattern seen in similar cases involving politicians from various parties,” said Bersih in a statement on its Facebook page.
Bersih along with fellow NGOs and passionate youth organised a flash – with a clear message: the time had come for the AG to cease the practice of granting DNAA, especially in corruption cases involving high-ranking political figures.
“In cases with implications for public interest and involving top-level political figures, transparency was not just desirable but imperative. The flash mob wasn’t just a spectacle; it was a collective call for accountability.
“Bersih urges those facing corruption allegations to defend themselves in a fair trial rather than having charges dismissed through the application of DNAA.
The group also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to a timeline for the implementation of reforms pertaining to the separation of powers between the AG and the public prosecutor.
It also wants a timeline for the reform of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM) and the implementation of a Political Funding Act. – Jan 20, 2023
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