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Video clip probe: Source of recording to be given protection

KUALA KANGSAR: The probe into the “Linggam” video clip will come to a dead end if the witnesses who can verify it do not come forward, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said.

“Without their co-operation, how can we attest to the recording’s authenticity?” the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said yesterday.

Nazri, who is in charge of law, guaranteed that the witnesses would be accorded full government protection, including a change of identities if necessary.

He said cover for informants was provided for under the Witness Protection Bill tabled recently in parliament.

He said the bill provided protection for witnesses so that their identities could be kept a secret, including administrative and other operations necessary to effect changes in their personal details.

The bill places witness provisions under various statutes, such as the Prevention of Corruption Act and Anti-Money Laundering Act, under a single ambit.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 8th October 2007 (link)

Nazri: New identity can be arranged for whistleblower

KUALA KANGSAR: A new identity or even new look can be arranged for the person or persons who took the controversial video of a prominent lawyer allegedly brokering the appointment of judges, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

He said such measures were defined under the Witness Protection Act to ensure the person’s identity was protected.

“Under the Act, they will not only be protected but can also undergo (plastic) surgery to change their look,” he told reporters after handing out duit raya and goodies to old folks in Lubuk Merbau here yesterday.

– quoted from an article published in The Star on 8th October 2007 (link)

More attempts to lure Whistle Blower out into the open. First lure was protection, now its protection + new face? Will the next offer from Nazri be a reward for information regarding Whistle Blower’s identity?

Nazri has made a big mistake though :

No Witness Protection Act, say Bar Council, Param

PETALING JAYA (Oct 8, 2007): What Witness Protection Act? That was the question the legal fraternity was asking Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Abdul Aziz today.

Nazri had mentioned the “Act” yesterday when he said the person who took the controversial video clip of a lawyer’s phone conversation with a “Datuk” would be given full protection, including, possibly, a new identity.

The Bar Council said there is no such legislation. Its president, Ambiga Sreenevasan, said the council had never heard of such an Act on witness protection and even if there is one, it did not know its scope.

“Although Section 53 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 provides some form of protection, it is not to the extent mentioned by the minister,” she told theSun.
– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 9th October 2007 (link)

Wow. Not only did he name an Act that does not exist, but he also gave details about it as though it were real! A kind of screwup like this deserves a reprimand, but somehow I don’t think he will get one 😦

Instead he has chosen to blame his press secretary, and indirectly, the media as well:

What I meant: Nazri

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Abdul Aziz agreed that a Witness Protection Act did not exist in Malaysia. He said he had got his press secretary to inform the press to correct his statement on Sunday but it was not done.

“The government is looking to enact a law to protect whistle-blowers, there is a need for such a law,” he said in a phone interview.

Nazri said when he spoke to reporters on Sunday, he was referring to all available Acts in the country that offered some protection to witnesses, like the Anti-Corruption Act, Criminal Procedure Code, Evidence of Child Witness Act and Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act.

He said he had asked his press secretary to inform the press to clarify his statement, but no clarification has been made.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 9th October 2007 (link)

This is pathetic sir, you mentioned an Act, saying it was tabled in parliament recently and gave details on it – this is not a slip of the tongue! NST, The Sun and The Star all ran articles on what he originally said too – if it was just one paper then it would be easier to say it was a mistake. I wonder if he rationalises his behaviour by thinking something like this:

I made something up yesterday and got caught. Fortunately my press secretary is to blame because he/she did not clarify my statement to the media. I am not responsible for the lack of action on the part of my press secretary or the media, so the blame is with them, not me. Everyone seems to like this idea of a Witness Protection Act though, so I’ll publicly announce my support for it.

Written by ak57

October 9, 2007 at 7:26 am

Posted in Local News, Nazri Nonsense, WTF

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  1. […] What’s all this ‘we’ stuff anyway? He’s just trying to cover up after making a complete fool of himself on Sunday. […]

  2. […] Nazri is only making it clear that this is a witch hunt, maybe they’ll send in an elite squad of ACA people with eidetic memory. Who is Nazri to be giving assurances to Whistle Blower that he will be protected? His word is not law, though he might think it is. […]

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