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PM to Protect Whistle Blower

Anwar to persuade whistle-blowers

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 29, 2007): Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he will persuade the whistle-blowers of the controversial video clip purportedly showing a lawyer trying to broker the appointment of judges to come forward to testify, following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s assurance that the government would ensure the security of the witnesses.

“I do appreciate the fact that [he gave the assurance]. I have conveyed to the whistle-blowers and will discuss with them and persuade them to also come [forward to give their testimony],” he told reporters yesterday, after the party’s supreme council meeting on its general election strategy.

Anwar said he welcomed Abdullah’s assurance.

“For the first time, there is one positive statement, although it’s not the setting up of a royal commission, but at least the PM suggested that there is a whistle-blower and there is evidence in the video clip,” he said.

“[At least he did not] just dismiss it like some of the other ministers who have no understanding of what that tape is (about) and what protecting people is all about.”

On Saturday, Abdullah said protection would be given to witnesses who come forward to testify before the three-member panel, chaired by former chief judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd, set up a month ago to determine the authenticity of the video clip.

So far, no witness has come forward to testify before the panel, which has no jurisdiction to compel anyone to give testimony and there is no mechanism to protect witnesses.

Abdullah, who is also the internal security minister, said the police would cooperate to provide security to witnesses.

He also said the Attorney-General’s Chambers is looking into legal provisions to protect witnesses in the future.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 29th October 2007 (link)

I like it when the PM says positive things like this, indirectly acknowledging that the video clip may be real and the witness may be real. At the very least this whole affair may bring about the creation of an actual Witness Protection Act. An offer of protection by the PM is far more believable than one by a de facto Law Minister 🙂

It is unfortunate at the time of this writing to know that Anwar’s persuasions did not work and Whistle Blower’s identity remains a mystery.

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Written by ak57

November 9, 2007 at 6:44 pm

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