10 November 2017
Police action to harass and intimidate me, says Ambiga
POLICE investigation into the allegation of “causing public harm” is to harass and intimidate me, said prominent lawyer and social activist Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Responding to The Malaysian Insight report earlier today that police were investigating her, the former Bar Council president added this action is a concerted effort by parties linked to claimant in the civil suit in the United Kingdom.
“Legal views have already been expressed as to the inappropriateness of the police action.
“It is difficult to understand how a defence which mentions me, and is taken by a defendant to resist a defamation action filed voluntarily by a Malaysian politician in a London court, (and thus protected by absolute privilege), can constitute a criminal offence in Malaysia,” she said in a statement this evening.
Police investigations here began after a report was lodged by Umno Grassroots Movement chairman Zulkarnain Mahdar at the Sri Petaling police station on November 1.
“There is also a lack of appreciation that harassing and intimidating a potential witness is viewed very seriously in any court and would be tantamount to contempt,” Ambiga said in her statement.
Lawyers today said that the police have no legal basis to investigate Ambiga, with some saying the police action was “bizarre and frivolous”.
Lawyer Syahredzan Johan said it was “absurd” for police to carry out an investigation under Section 505(b) and Section 233 of the MCMC Act as this was a civil suit between two parties.
2 November 2017
Ambiga: Critics seeking to persecute me in M’sia over UK suit
Ambiga Sreenevasan has accused her critics of attempting to persecute her with regard to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown naming her as the source for an article which suggested PAS received some RM90 million from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
The former Bar Council chairperson said it was “highly unusual and irregular” for PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s followers, allies and the media to attack her based on “two paragraphs” from Rewcastle-Brown’s defence statement.
“(They) are seeking to conduct a mini-trial or persecution in Malaysia on the two paragraphs of the defence that mention my name.
“In the last few days, I have faced a barrage of attacks from ministers, party members and others aligned to the claimant (Hadi).
“The government media gave me a three-page coverage yesterday, including on the front page, where demands for me to ‘come clean’ were made. I was even on the TV3 news,” she added in a statement today.
Ahmad Zahid says Ambiga must not hide from responsibilities
LAWYER S. Ambiga must be held responsible for providing data and information to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown which alleged PAS received money from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“We know Ambiga’s attitude – being bold when she is at the back, (but) afraid when she is in front. She avoids meeting the press … no courage,” said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“If she has proof, (she must) be brave … she need not hide. She must have the courage to be responsible for all the data and information provided.”
Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, was commenting on the report in the portal The Malaysian Insight which exposed the reply and defence filed by Rewcastle-Brown by saying she had spoken to Ambiga in July 2016 on Najib, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and PAS.
1 November 2017
Police report lodged against Ambiga
It was recently reported that Ambiga revealed this information to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
Zulkarnain said while the claims against Pas leaders remained unfounded, he believes that Rewcastle-Brown must be aware of the dire consequences of naming Ambiga as her source.
“Pas is a unique party where they have their own ways of operating income such as through donations from the public and contributions (infak) from their own assets.
PAP demands Ambiga to come forward to clear her name
GEORGE TOWN: People’s Alternative Party (PAP) has called on for Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan to come clean after she was named as the source of Sarawak Report’s claims that Pas’ top leaders had allegedly received money from the prime minister.
PAP vice-president Rahmad Isahak said she should come forward to refute the allegation and clear her name if it was untrue.
“She should not be keeping quiet if the claims, contained in documents filed in court, are slanderous, more so being a lawyer.
“As long as she keeps quiet, her integrity and credibility as a law practitioner will be questionable as it has broken the code of ethics,” he said.
Rahmad said if indeed the allegations were true, then questions would arise on the possibility of high profile cases she handled for her clients can be considered safe or information may have been leaked to the opponent.
“As such, she has no alternative choice but to come forward to clear the air
“There is no need for her to wait until her statements are taken before she reveal the truth on who her informant really is.
“With the 14th general election fast approaching, the people have every right to know who is lying in this matter,” he added.
November 1, 2017
Lawyer: Applying pressure on Ambiga is interfering with a witness
PETALING JAYA: Any attempt to extract an apology from Ambiga Sreenevasan following disclosure in court documents that she was the source of information that PAS leaders received money from Prime Minister Najib Razak is tantamount to interfering with a witness, a lawyer said.
R Kengadharan said Ambiga’s alleged role, as stated in the documents filed by Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, is deemed to be a fact until proven otherwise in court.
“Clare, as party to the suit, has to prove that during trial. Until then, no one can pressure Ambiga to apologise as it is grossly unfair and politically unethical.”
Kengadharan said Ambiga, who is former Bersih chairman, is a potential witness in the suit that would be heard in a London court later.
He said one could demand an apology or retraction if she had made such a statement at a public meeting.
“Such a demand is made with the intention to file a lawsuit if the maker of the statement is adamant. In this case, the statement is found in a court document,” he said.
Kengadharan said this in response to PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad’s reaction that Ambiga could not remain silent since she had a reputation as an activist who fought for integrity.
The Bukit Gantang MP wanted her to apologise for implicating leaders from the Islamist party.
Clare, who filed her defence and counter-claim to a suit in response to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s defamation suit, claimed she and Ambiga spoke about Najib, 1MDB and PAS in July 2016.
“Ambiga had told the defendant that her sources, whom she said were reliable, had estimated the amount that had been paid was around RM90 million,” said Clare in her affidavit dated Oct 11.