KUALA LUMPUR: Social activitist Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim likened the victory of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the first round of the latter’s suit against the Sarawak Report (SR) founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown as ‘a triumph of good over evil, of Ramayana epic proportions’.
It was reported over the weekend that a London court favoured Abdul Hadi in case management in his suit against Brown, in which Brown’s argument that she cannot successfully bring a legal suit against Abdul Hadi in Malaysia as the judiciary, government and the Prime Minister are corrupted and are complicit with him was rejected by the court.
“As the court observed, these serious allegations were not supported by any evidence from Rewcastle-Brown whatsoever, despite having months to provide some,” Hadi’s political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar had said in a statement.
The suit was in respect of an article claiming Hadi received bribes from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to the tune of RM90 million.
Tunku Abdul Aziz, in commenting on this, said that just like in the Ramayana epic, the court proceedings have taken a long, torturous road but truth triumphed in the end, adding that the victory was a significant one for justice as well as a significant triumph for the truth.
“All this time they have been making all kinds of allegations but the strange thing is now that the British court ruled Brown to be wrong, the Opposition has been reduced to complete and utter silence.
“I call it the silence of a million lambs because all the supporters of the Opposition are nothing but a lot of sheep. They bleat when asked to bleat, they keep numb or mum when told to do that. In this case you don’t hear reaction,” Tunku Abdul Aziz told Malaysia Outlook.
He added that this should also be seen as a victory for responsible journalism, to report based on facts.
“It shows that when you write without relying on the truth you will be caught up. The amount of rubbish in SR that has become Brown’s staple diet is not surprising as she thrives on lies,” he said, adding that Brown had nothing to show by way of proof in a British Court of Law.
“If she had, she would have used the truth to her advantage,” he said.
Commenting further on SR, Tunku Abdul Aziz described their attacks on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor as character assasisnation, and a kind of orchestrated campaign to cause hate.
“At the mention of Najib people become very angry but they can’t justify why when asked the reason until Mahathir brought up 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad) which has never been an issue in the way he had portrayed it,” he said, referring to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Tunku Abdul Aziz said the whole issue was spun around with the sole intention of misleading the people in this country and also the world.
While admitting there had been mismanagement within 1MDB, Tunku Abdul Aziz stressed that bad management is not a crime unless it can be proven that money was stolen.
“Fortunately the British justice has lived up to its very considerable reputation. Some may say British judges have been bribed after all Najib has tonnes of slush funds to throw around,” he quipped.
“This is the climate that has been created in our society, a climate of hate which is eating into our national psyche especially the Malay psyche. The Chinese have taken this as an excuse not to support the Malays because the Malays are corrupt and this has been used to great effect.
“Mahathir has done his job very well but not well enough to produce the kind of outcome he had been hoping for,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile, Tunku Abdul Aziz called out to those who have been slandered by the articles in SR to consider taking legal action, something he said, the Prime Minister should have done a long time ago.
” I hope the British Court pronouncement will open up the floodgates for others who have been wronged by SR stories to set the record straight,” he added. – MO