GEORGE TOWN: Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan’s silence over allegations that she is the source of information for Sarawak Report founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown seems to put into question her credibility as a law practitioner.
People’s Alternative Party (PAP) vice-president Rahmad Isahak said the fact that Ambiga is not refuting the allegations will only harm her reputation and credibility.
Newsportal The Malaysian Insight, in an article, claimed that via a copy of Rewcastle-Brown’s Defence and Counterclaim supplied to it, she claimed to have spoken to Ambiga in July 2016 about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and PAS.
“Ambiga had told the defendant that her sources, whom she said were reliable, had estimated the amount that had been paid was around RM90 million,” the article cited the Sarawak Report editor as saying in a court filing.
The amount was with regard to a claim made by Sarawak Report that senior PAS leaders had received money from Najib.
“Her credibility is questionable if she keeps silent on the matter, causing her to breach the legal code of conduct.
“This gives rise to questions whether she has also breached the Legal Profession Act 1976.
“As long as she maintains her silence on the serious allegation that she’s the one giving out information already documented legally, then her credibility and integrity are questionable as it’s against the code.
“Just imagine if the allegations are true then it also raises questions whether the high profile and confidential cases handled by Ambiga are also safe from being shared or divulged to the other side,” said Rahmad in a statement here today.
He said Ambiga is left with no choice but to refute the allegation, which he described as being very serious, should it be untrue, to avoid public perception that her action was intended to destroy political democracy in this country without concrete evidence.
“She doesn’t have to wait until it goes to the court level for her to testify who the source really is since the 14th General Election is getting closer and the rakyat is entitled to know who the real liar is,” added Rahmad.
Yesterday, responding briefly to the Malay Mail Online, Ambiga said, “I am not at liberty to comment on the matter which is before the UK courts.” – MO