Gobind: Muhyiddin must report judicial interference attempts

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It is believed that Muhyiddin was alluding to Zahid Hamidi and Najib Razak.

Former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin is required by law to report instances of judicial interference, Gobind Singh Deo said today.

The Puchong MP was referring to Muhyiddin’s statement last year where he claimed his legitimacy as prime minister was being questioned as he had refused to interfere in the court process involving several politicians.

“Did Muhyiddin Yassin lodge a report with the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over allegations that certain quarters had demanded he interfere in court matters to free several individuals who were being prosecuted for certain criminal offences when he was prime minister?

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“Did he lodge a report and if he did, did he state the names of those who allegedly approached him?

“If he did not, then he should explain why,” Gobind said in a statement.

It is believed that Muhyiddin was alluding to Umno president Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former president Najib Razak, who were slapped with numerous charges relating to corruption, money laundering, and abuse of power.

Muhyiddin’s allegations have been called into question following a recent rebuttal by Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

She said no one had approached her or any other judges for such interference.

“We heard about it from the television, of the former PM (Muhyiddin) claiming he was approached, but none of us here has been approached.

“People know that judges decide based on evidence, we cannot get away from that core principle.

“What I can say is nobody contacted me, nor others here, to seek help (in court cases),” she told reporters.

Following this, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim also demanded an explanation from Muhyiddin, adding that Attorney-General Idrus Harun should also offer a “stern response” on the matter.