Patriot refers to the Prime Minister Mahiaddin Yasin’s televised live address this afternoon where he claimed his critics are “uncomfortable” with him for his refusal to accede to their demands, including interfering with the courts.
Patriot takes it that Mahiaddin’s televised live address comes with the blessings or approval of the palace as it came immediately after his audience with the King and is also made in response to the country demanding an outcome over the prevailing political crisis that has teetered on matters of grave concern relating to the Federal Constitution and the constitutional monarchy.
However, Patriot is shell-shocked and takes a very serious view of the PM’s statement that there are appeals for him to interfere in court matters to free several individuals who are being charged over criminal acts. The PM’s statement is a very grave matter that cannot be left to the winds of unhealthy and potentially dangerous speculation and damaging allegations in the public sphere.
Patriot is equally concerned that by the PM making this statement on a televised live nationwide broadcast there is also damage being done to the reputation of our nation in the eyes of global leaders and foreign investors.
Patriot demands an immediate impartial and transparent investigation as the rule of law must bite if we are serious about restoring the confidence of the public in his government and including all the relevant institutions of good governance.
Patriot also expects those implicated to step forward and own up even though it is most unthinkable or at least pursue matters in the courts to clear their innocence.
Retired Brigadier General Dato’ Mohd Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriot Association (Patriot)