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Love it or hate it, court ruling must be respected, say PN leaders
Published on: Friday, September 23, 2022
By: FMT, Faiz Zainudin
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Following his acquittal, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he has had faith in the judiciary since ‘day one’.
PETALING JAYA: Political parties should be consistent in their stand on the judiciary, instead of supporting a court ruling only when it suits them, say Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders.

Bersatu Supreme Council member Razali Idris said one should not be selective in supporting or denouncing a court decision based on whether it was for or against them.

He added that a court ruling against a rival should also not be supported or criticised on the same basis.

“The public must uphold the judiciary and respect every court decision,” he told FMT.

Razali said this when asked to comment on Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s acquittal on all 40 charges of corruption involving the foreign visa system (VLN).

Bersatu, he added, wasn’t a party that would decry a court decision in favour of individuals it did not see eye-to-eye with.

PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man agreed with the need to be objective, saying he was confident that the court had its reasons for acquitting Zahid.

“The public must always be taught to respect the court’s decision whether we agree with it or not.”

Zahid, 69, had been accused of 33 counts of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) as the then home minister to extend the firm’s contract as the operator of a one-stop centre in China and the VLN system as well as to maintain a contract for the supply of the VLN integrated system.

He was also charged with seven other counts of obtaining for himself S$1.15 million, RM3 million, 15,000 Swiss francs and US$15,000 from the same company in connection with his official duties.

Following the court’s verdict, Zahid said he has had faith in the judiciary since “day one” of his trial, expressing gratitude for his acquittal.

However, Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming called out Zahid for his hypocrisy on the judiciary, having criticised the Federal Court’s ruling to uphold Najib Razak’s conviction in the SRC International corruption case last month.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaya’s Awang Azman Pawi said members of the public must not accuse the courts of being unjust just because they disagreed with the judge’s decision.

He maintained the decisions in Zahid and Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s cases must not change public perception that the judiciary was independent and that its verdicts were based on facts.

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