Lokman urges Umno to take action on Ismail Sabri

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Former Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam has urged his party to take disciplinary action against the prime minister and party vice-president, Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Speaking to reporters outside the Kuala Lumpur court complex today, he made several allegations over the purported leaked agreement between Ismail Sabri and Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Lokman accused Ismail Sabri of agreeing to not replace the Attorney-General and maintain the cabinet team, in addition to retaining Bersatu and PAS leaders sitting at government-linked companies.

He also claimed that the prime minister agreed in writing to expedite the criminal court cases involving former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“This is all in the agreement and it is clear proof that he (Ismail Sabri) interfered in court proceedings and in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC),” Lokman said.

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Copies of the purported agreement made rounds back in July. However, it only leaked points one to six and straight jumped to point 10, leaving out those in between.

In the unverified document, PN pledged its support for Ismail Sabri as prime minister, and, in return, Bersatu was to be given the post of deputy prime minister, with Muhyiddin made minister mentor.

The allegations Lokman levelled above were claimed to be part of the agreement signed between Ismail Sabri and PN.

Lokman is due to be charged at the Sessions Court today for allegedly uploading offensive videos against Ismail Sabri on his Facebook page.

He arrived at the court at 9.05am.

The police released a statement yesterday stating Lokman will be charged under Section 233(1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 for misuse of network facilities over two separate videos posted on his Facebook.

If found guilty, Lokman will be slapped with a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or a jail term of not more than one year, or both.

On that note, Lokman alleged that Ismail Sabri’s interference in the judiciary was the reason no action was taken against Court of Appeal judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali and former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, claiming they were “protected” by the prime minister.

He further alleged that previous administrations had reached a settlement with the US Department of Justice to remove fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho’s (Jho Low) name from Interpol’s Red Notice.

“We are lucky that the MACC chief commissioner opposed it and is committed to taking action on Low.

“With the present state of our country, rule of law has become the rule of the jungle,” he added.

Low is the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal and has been charged in absentia in the US and local courts. His current whereabouts are unknown.

In 2018, the US Department of Justice charged Low with conspiracy to launder billions of dollars from 1MDB and conspiracy to violate the American Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

In Malaysia, he and his associates are facing five money-laundering charges amounting to US$1.03 billion (RM4.5 billion).

Najib is now serving his 12-year sentence at Kajang Prison after the apex court upheld his abuse of power, money laundering, and criminal breach of trust convictions involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a company linked to 1MDB. – Malaysiakini