Last week the Court of Appeal upheld the one-year jail sentence meted out to Khir Toyo, the Ex-Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor (2000-2008) for corruption. He was found guilty of corrupt practice through buying a property well below market price from a contractor who had direct dealings in government contracts in Selangor when Khir Toyo was once the powerful Chief Executive of the State.
Following the failure of his appeal, he took his case to cyber public (in his blog) by telling his side of the story and appearing to question the Appeal Judges’ unanimous decision. He is almost saying that the judges are against his defence and fail to answer his lawyer’s question on the basis of the court’s rejection.
Bringing his failed appeal to the public is tantamount to contempt of court and he should be arrested and charged forthwith as a deterrent to other people who might be influenced by Khir Toyo’s audacity. He is casting aspersion on the court.
The strong and terse statement (read here) by the Attorney General is timely. No one has the right to criticise the court in this manner as it would invite public distrust and contempt of our judiciary. Just because he was an ex-Menteri Besar doesn’t give him the right to speak contemptuously. Judging from the comments published in his blog, one could gauge that some gullible public are supporting his reasonings which could be flawed when crossed-examined and demolished by the prosecution. In short, the public is only reading his side of the story.
The cyber world is not the place for a one-sided discussion of his court case which is still ongoing by virtue of his putting in an appeal to the Federal Court. By resorting to doing this, is he hoping that the Federal Court Judges would overturn the Appeal court’s decision and rule in his favour? It does look like it, doesn’t it?
His accusing PM Najib of making an example of him in the latter’s effort to curb corruption is also childish. He feels that he is being singled out by MACC (Malaysian Anti-corruption Council) for prosecution while other corrupt politicians are being let off. One of his blog commentators is urging him to reveal these other corrupt politicians: Why not? If he had strong evidences please do so but do not just say he is being made a scapegoat because he is incensed at being legally cornered.
If found guilty, sending him to jail would scare the hell out of all the other peoples’ representatives contemplating on abusing their positions and enriching themselves through corrupt practices.
Meanwhile, there is no such thing as the rule of law in any cyber court. So Khir Toyo, hold your horses for now and prepare them for the real Court of Last Resort.