A lawyer has described Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar summoning or granting an audience to a top officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC) amid a probe into a land and housing matter in the state as unorthodox.
However, Syahredzan Johan said if the ruler had done so with the intention of wanting to find out more details about the case, then there is nothing wrong.
“It all depends on what was discussed at the meeting.
“If Tuanku wanted to know about the case straight from the MACC, I do not see anything wrong with doing so. Even if such a move is unorthodox,” he added in a text message to Malaysiakini.
Syaredzan was commenting on a news report that MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki had an audience with the ruler over the weekend.
Quoting a source, New Straits Times said Azam was in Johor to attend a briefing by the officer investigating the case.
Last Friday, MACC arrested six people, including the son and special officer of state executive councillor Abd Latif Bandi in connection with the case.
Syaredzan said there should not be a scenario where a meeting is called to influence the investigation.
“I am in no way saying this is what happened at the meeting between MACC and Tuanku. I am sure those involved ensured that they acted professionally,” he added.
Meanwhile, constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari said that in general, a ruler should not summon a case investigation officer.
“Generally, I can say that calling and summoning an investigation agency officer is not right, because that creates an impression of interfering.
“What actually happened? The sultan summoned the MACC officer or the latter was granted an audience by the sultan? But what for? The case was about the son of a state exco member, not a member of the royal family.
“I am still unclear about the whole thing. The sultan might be congratulating the MACC,” said Aziz, who is also a DAP member.
Previously, Sultan Ibrahim also summoned Abdul Latif after news of the case broke.
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