The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeals by three parties to seek leave (permission) to quash attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision not to initiate action against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in relation to 1MDB.
The appeals were by the Malaysian Bar, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim and former Umno division leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
The unanimous decision by the three-member bench was made after more than five hours of “revealing” submission before an open court unlike the High Court proceedings which was done in chambers.
Towards the end of the submission, Ambiga Sreenevasan, who was representing the Malaysian Bar, made an impassionate plea to the judiciary that the 1MDB case is a financial scandal of international proportions.
“We are the only country where – 1MDB originates – no action has been taken in relation to this outrageous financial scandal. This is not only about the scandal but also our criminal justice system.
“We must be careful not to close the door on the investigation as our whole system is being scrutinised.
“We cannot do less than other jurisdictions to uphold the principle that no one is above the law and hence the need to uphold the rule of law and for our leaders to constantly act transparently,” she said.
Justice Umi Kalthum Abd Majid said the three appeals are dismissed with no order as to costs.
“The decision made by the High Court judge is affirmed,” she said without providing grounds for the decision.