Singaporean Jessica Gurmeet Kaur was attached to the Attorney-General’s Chambers until she was terminated last week. She was the head of administration and finance at the AG’s Chambers and was also attached to the Special Task Force investigating various financial scandals. The Task Force has since been disbanded by the new Attorney-General Apandi Ali.
Gurmeet had been arrested on July 31, along with former MACC Advisor Rashpal Singh, to assist with allegations that a draft charge sheet against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had been leaked to the media and became public knowledge.
The duo was released by police on bail after their statements had been recorded. Gurmeet’s bail, according to sources, was revoked last week.
Jessica Gurmeet Kaur D/O Nashattar Singh is a Singaporean citizen. Her husband is the brother of Kavita Kaur, whose cousin is married to DAP leader Gobind Singh Deo.
It was reported that she had had had her PR revoked but that did not happen.
PUBLISHED: Sep 18, 2015 7:00pm
In Loving Memory
Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Sidhu
KEVIN Morais was a pure professional, highly ethical, very hardworking and humble. He possessed no ego of any form.
In his work, he was very thorough, often asking as many questions as it required to understand every permutation completely. He took his work as a prosecutor very seriously, often missing meals and constantly suffered from red watery eyes from reading law through the night. He gave his all to the cases he took on and sometimes when witnesses turned hostile or the case went awry for reasons beyond Kevin’s control, it affected him deeply. It hurt him to talk about those cases.
You see, Kevin was married to his work. He had no social life. He took on cases others left behind as if they were too complicated. His dedication to serve justice was uppermost in his mind. He endeavoured to make sense, get a thorough grasp so he could fight for justice. He had an excellent command of English and loved trading witty puns with the equally competent.
Every time there was a meeting, staff of all rank and file would line up to shake his hand. Not because they had to, but because they wanted to shake the hands of Tuan Kevin Morais and greet him. From the gentle bow of their bodies to the deferential nod of their heads and they way they extended their hands like an offering, you could see the tremendous respect they held for him. At some point, Kevin must have dispensed legal advice to them or their colleagues or bosses or perhaps just provided sheer kindness to them.
Despite being extremely busy, Kevin always had time for those who sought him. He was humble and approachable. He took the time to explain things slowly and made sure they understood perfectly, trying as it may be to those without legal training. Kevin was the kind of person who cared to take the time to explain. I often told him, “Kevin, these men hold a tremendous measure of respect for you. This is far more valuable than any Datuk or Tan Sri title.” In his usual depreciating manner he would just laugh it off and say, “Oh! Jess you so flatter me.”
Kevin was a peaceful soul. He always believed in the goodness of people. It never ceased to amaze me how devastated he would be if he found out how bad or guilty they were. In his trademark, hand over the mouth, he would just keep saying, “No, no please… Not him, too!” It amazes me that he was so innocent even after years of practising his profession, choosing to believe good over evil. Gentle as a dove was his blessed heart.
I hold him very dear in my heart and not a day has gone by since his disappearance that I’ve not broken down. My constant question to God is, “Why Kevin, God? Why?”.
My only answer is that the Angels in Heaven wanted him back where he belonged.
With a Heavy Heart,
JESSICA GURMEET KAUR
With PR secure, sacked AG officer wants to move on with life
With PR secure, sacked AG officer Jessica Gurmeet wants to move on with life http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/310176
Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, the officer who was sacked from the Attorney-General’s Chambers amidst the 1MDB scandal, is thankful that she will be able to keep her Malaysian permanent residency and now wants to move on.
“I, Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, am grateful to the director-general of Immigration Mustafa Ibrahim for confirming that my permanent residency status is not revoked.
“I would like to thank my lawyers for their relentless efforts for my cause.
“I further request the media to respect my privacy so that I can move on peacefully with my life,” Jessica said in a statement released through her lawyers today.
Immigration D-G asks, “When did we (Immigration Department) revoke the subject’s PR?” However, his own Deputy, Datuk Sakib Kusmi, was quoted last weekend as saying that although the government had revoked Jessica’s PR, she can seek other passes as her husband is Malaysian.
Malay Mail Online
Now Immigration D-G says no directive to revoke sacked legal officer’s PR
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — The Immigration Department has not received any directive to revoke the permanent residency (PR) of Jessica Gurmit Kaur despite reports claiming otherwise, its director-general Datuk Mustafa Ibrahim said.
It was recently reported that Jessica, a legal officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) seconded to help in an investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), had her PR revoked after she was questioned by the police earlier this month over alleged leaks in the probe.
“When did we (Immigration Department) revoke the subject’s PR?” Mustafa asked Malay Mail Online via WhatsApp.
“For the time being, we have not come out with any statement regarding this case,” he added, but declined to elaborate further.
Mustafa’s deputy Datuk Sakib Kusmi was quoted last weekend as saying that although the government had revoked Jessica’s PR, she can seek other passes as her husband is Malaysian.
“There is no need to deport her. She can apply for a special or social visit pass since she is married to a Malaysian,” he told The Star.
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Malay Mail Online
Immigration D-G can revoke sacked Singaporean legal officer’s PR but must justify grounds, lawyers say
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 — The Immigration director-general has the authority to revoke Singaporean Jessica Gurmeet Kaur’s permanent residency (PR) but cannot do so without first justifying proper grounds, lawyers have said.
Jessica must also be accorded the right to appeal the Immigration Department’s decision and even challenge it since she has not been charged with any offence, they added.
“The PR may be revoked or cancelled if the person is a ‘prohibited immigrant’, which covers a wide category of persons such as those who have mental disorders, has been convicted in any country or state of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for any term, and has not received a free pardon— or ‘who disbelieves in or is opposed to established government’ can be prohibited immigrant.
“On top of that, the DGI also has general powers to revoke or cancel the PR ‘if he is satisfied that the presence in, or entry into, Malaysia of the holder of any permit is, or would be, prejudicial to public order, public security, public health or morality in Malaysia or any part thereof’,” civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday.
“The DGI cannot do as his pleases according to his whims and fancies. The principles of reasonableness must be adhered to. So, he cannot just revoke or cancel the PR without having grounds to do so,” he added.
Another civil liberties lawyer Eric Paulsen said immigration authorities must state the grounds for Jessica’s PR revocation, pointing out that the former government legal officer has been working in Malaysia for two decades and has family and roots in Malaysia.
“She has been treated unfairly and clearly has a legitimate expectation for her to be heard… she was lawfully staying and working in Malaysia, clearly has a legitimate expectation that her PR would not be revoked,” he told Malay Mail Online.
Another lawyer, Latheefa Koya said that the Immigration Department owed Jessica an explanation for revoking her PR especially if she has not been charged for committing any offence.
“Although the issue of PR revocation is up to the country involved, rules of natural justice must be observed.
“There is a process to it, she must be notified of the reasons, especially if she has not been charged and she has every right to question the cancellation of her PR if she is not given the opportunity to be heard,” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/immigration-d-g-can-revoke-sacked-singaporean-legal-officers-pr-but-must-ju?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.oNrXEfDV.dpuf
Sacked Singaporean legal officer in 1MDB probe won’t be deported from Malaysia: Immigration
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Sacked Singaporean legal officer Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Sidhu will not be deported from Malaysia, according to the Immigration Department.
Its deputy director-general, Datuk Sakib Kusmi, said the department would not deport Ms Kaur, although her permanent residency (PR) had been revoked.
“There is no need to deport her. She can apply for a special or social visit pass since she is married to a Malaysian,” he said on Sunday (Aug 23).
Asked if she was still in Malaysia, he declined to comment.
10:24AM Aug 23, 2015
Jessica Kaur takes the bull by the horns
YOURSAY ‘Why was Kaur persecuted? After all, she did not draft the charge sheet.’
Odin Tajué: The upshot of all this (with Jessica Gurmeet Kaur filing an explosive affidavit) and what has been happening point to three important things:
1) The charge sheet did exist.
2) Former attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail did draft it.
3) PM Najib Razak was indeed about to be charged for corruptly obtaining RM42 million from SRC International, first through Gandingan Mentari and then through Ihsan Perdana.
That is the reason Abdul Gani was given the sack immediately, with his termination letter backdated, and people like Kaur have been harassed before their removal.
And, once again, we see that an exposé by the Sarawak Report is based on solid fact.
Pemerhati: It must be remembered that Najib has shown by his past actions that he is an expert in dealing with situations where his wrongdoings are about to be exposed.
With the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam he chose the ‘exile cum cash’ strategy. The big question now is what sort of strategy he will choose this time.
One thing that Kaur must do now at all cost is to look after her safety.
Real Truth: Yes, this reminds me of private eye Balasubramaniam’s first affidavit and subsequent fake affidavit drafted by a very prominent lawyer.
Once Kaur’s SD (statutory declaration) is out, there will be a flurry of action with a new affidavit and immediately Kaur and her family will be sent to a foreign country thus neutralising her first SD.
Justice for Jessica.
Come join my friend Animah Kosai as she stands by her friend, Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, who is being punished by the powers that be for doing her job right.
She is among the few good men and women left who are trying to save our nation from the machinations of a desperate demagogue.
Let’s do what we can as Malaysians to support Jessica and bring the real culprits to book.
For as long as my good friend Jessica Gurmeet Kaur is being harassed by the Malaysian government, this is my FB picture.
On 1 August, she was arrested for acts “detrimental to parliamentary democracy”. She was released just short of 24 hours as the police remand was rejected.
Last week her job was terminated at AG’s Chambers with no notice.
Her police bail was revoked without her knowledge.
Now Malaysian Immigration is trying to revoke her, and her children’s PR to stay in Malaysia.
Malaysia has been Jessica’s home for over 20 years. She is as Malaysian as you and I.
She is unfortunately a victim alongside a number of MACC officers, Police officers, Bank Negara officers and officers of AG’s Chambers who are trying to do their job for the sake of the nation but are being sacked/transferred/arrested/ harassed and in Jessica’s case, deported by those currently in power.
This witch hunt must stop and the true criminals be brought to justice.
We, Jessica’s friends stand by her and we ask Malaysians to do the same. Our heroes need our support. Please do so.
Speak up, pressure the government and, demand that justice prevail for Jessica and her colleagues. #malaysia4jessica #solidaritywithAGChambers #demiMalaysia
12:51PM Aug 22, 2015
AG officer’s termination contractual, says Apandi
Attorney-General (AG) Mohamad Apandi Ali said the termination of Attorney-General’s Chambers officer Jessica Gurmeet Kaur was according to her terms of service.
Apandi told The Star Jessica, who is a Singaporean with a permanent residency was merely on contract.
“Jessica was a contract officer and her contract of service was terminated as per the terms of the contract.
“That is all I can say at the moment. No further comment,” Apandi was reported saying to The Star.
Singaporean ex-1MDB probe officer getting consular help: MFA
Ms Jessica Gurmeet Kaur is receiving consular assistance, says Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after she was reportedly fired from the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Malaysia and had her permanent residency revoked.
- POSTED: 21 Aug 2015 22:04
- UPDATED: 21 Aug 2015 22:27
SINGAPORE: A Singaporean legal officer who was part of the team investigating Malaysia’s state fund 1MDB is receiving consular assistance, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday (Aug 21).
“Following Ms Kaur’s request, our High Commission in Kuala Lumpur met her recently and is rendering consular assistance. MFA is also in contact with her next-of-kin and will continue to provide them with the necessary consular assistance,” said MFA in a statement, in response to media queries.
Ms Kaur was arrested on Aug 1 along with former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) adviser Rashpal Singh over leaks in the 1MDB probe. They were later released on bail after being questioned.
Singaporean Jessica Gurmeet Kaur may be escorted to the border according to sources once the “officials” catch up with her.
10:00AM Aug 21, 2015
Sacked AG officer to file ‘explosive’ affidavit
Jessica Gurmeet Kaur and her family are expected to file a judicial review with an “explosive” affidavit on why the authorities are bent to terminate her work at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and revoke her permanent residency (PR).
Malaysia has been home to Jessica for more than 20 years before the sudden move, within a spate of days, that started with investigations by the authorities on her and former MACC adviser Rashpal Singh over the alleged leak of a purported charge sheet on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
The judicial review will challenge her sacking, the summary cancellation of her PR status and alleged forced deportation from Malaysia.
“She will file an explosive affidavit, exposing why they are doing this,” a source familiar with her said.
Jessica, is a Singapore citizen but with a permanent resident status. It is understood that she complained of being hunted and trailed by the authorities.
12:14AM Aug 21, 2015
Officer in AG’s Chambers terminated, PR revoked
An officer attached to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, who was investigated by the police for allegedly leaking a charge sheet implicating Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is said to have been suddenly terminated from service.
It is also understood that Jessica, a Singapore citizen with permanent resident status in Malaysia, had her status revoked and could be deported soon.
Sources cited that she had been terminated from service as the head of administration and finance for the special task force secretariat, as well as from the AG’s Chambers.
A source in the AG’s Chambers confirmed that her contract with the chambers was terminated.
Another source, who also wants to remain anonymous, questioned the deportation order.
The source, who knows Jessica, asked whether her removal would work in Malaysia’s best interest or would make the government and Najib, in particular, look bad.
Forged Document Or Leaked Document? | Sarawak Report http://www.sarawakreport.org/talkback/forged-document-or-leaked-document/ … via
Forged Document Or Leaked Document?
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today said the arrest of a deputy public prosecutor and a former advisor from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as well as an officer of the Attorney-General’s Chambers was in relation to the leaking of information.
“The investigation also focused on the leaking of the government’s official information which have been misused by certain quarters,” he said.
Khalid named the three arrested as former MACC advisor Rashpal Singh Jeswant Singh, MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi and the special task force’s secretariat head of administration and finance Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Nashattar Singh.
He added that Bank Negara officials as well as officers from other commercial banks were also being questioned.
“A few officials from Bank Negara as well as commercial banks were also called to assist police investigation.
“Police will conduct the investigation in a transparent and fair manner, based on provisions of the law,” he said in a statement.
Khalid had earlier told Malaysiakini the trio were being investigated under Section 124 of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.
“The arrests were in relation to a police report made against Sarawak Report editor-in-chief Clare Rewcastle-Brown,” he said.
Once again the forces of Najib are admitting by their words and actions things they had earlier denied were true.
If the charge sheet against Najib was a ‘false’ and ‘forged’ document, as they have angrily claimed, how come people are now being arrested in all directions to find out who might have “criminally leaked” it?
Surely the energetic IGP should rather be dialing up the UK in order to try and lay his hands on Sarawak Report’s admittedly non-existent ‘master forger’ – Lester Melanyi’s ‘James Steward Steven’?
After all, the police report referred to regarding Sarawak Report is surely the one brought by the bankrupt who runs the NGO Pertubuhan Minda & Sosial Prihatin Malaysia, which alleged we were forging documents to topple Najib?
The authorities in this matter do seem to be getting themselves into ever increasing tangles, first attempting to say that our documents are forged, or at least ‘tampered’ then at the same time arresting suspects for leaking them!
Malaysians with IQs above zero should have little difficulty in reaching their own conclusions on the matter.