by Ganesh Sahathevan
This blog has long been a fan of Apandi Ali, currently Attorney General of Malaysia His gags keep coming, often descending to new levels of absurdity.
We are of course not alone. He has managed in the past few months to agitate even the usually placid Swiss, first by stupidly insisting that some USD 681 million stolen from the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB was in fact a "donation" from some unknown Arab to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib (who appointed him,and can just as easily sack him) ,and then flat out refusing to assist with continued ,desperate request for assistance from the Swiss, on the basis that it was contrary to Malaysian law.
As if that was not good enough Apandi has simultaneously taken on the United States Justice Department ,who in July this year filed an application to seize some USD 1 billion in assets said to have been purchased with money stolen from 1MDB.That action has been commenced pursuant to US asset seizure laws that are meant to recover the proceeds of crime, and in this case kleptocracy. The legislation enabling the seizure is based on civil rather than criminal proceedings, and Apandi has expanded a not inconsiderable amount of time and energy telling anyone who cares to listen that these being civil proceedings,the matter of criminal activity does not arise.
Perhaps his best performance so far was one in January this year, where in an attempt to patiently and carefully explain why he was closing another instance of theft from 1MDB, Apandi held up props which actually proved the crime!
All this from a member of the The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, to which Apandi was called in 1973.His talent for comedy is obvious, but as a barrister and member of the Inner Temple? One should hope not.
From Clare Rewcastle-Brown's Sarawak Report