Patriot is of the opinion that the Attorney-General Chamber should not be appealing the case of PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia). This is based on the principle of natural justice and also that genuine whistle blowers should be protected.
Anybody of sound thinking should be able to see that the cowgate affair has brought shame to our country and corruption and abuse of power had occurred in high office. Irrespective of how one prefers to look at the issue, from the perspective of the rule of law, or even if the reason to appeal is to obtain the grounds of judgement from the trial judge; the Shah Alam high court has decided to acquit Rafizi Ramli and the decision should stay.
Rafizi Ramli had the courage to blow the whistle against perpetrators of the cowgate scandal. He stuck out his head and neck at a time when senior civil servants and those who held high offices cocooned in cowardice and dared not speak up. Many were even accomplice in crime. Some only spoke up after the BN government was overthrown. Rafizi Ramli is a true patriot.
Patriot agrees with A-G Tan Sri Tommy Thomas that action be taken against his officer who had disregarded his instruction not to appeal. This is clearly insubordination. Of late there has been much complaint about the deep state whereby senior officials and departmental heads disobeyed standing instructions and policies of ministers seemingly to sabotage the Pakatan Harapan government. This nonsense has to stop.
All public servants must tow the line and abide by the policies PH government, help the ministers in carrying out reforms and implement policies that go towards helping the people. Any senior public servants found sabotaging and going against the policies of the government must be seriously dealt with.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan