Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim has expressed disappointment with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA).
In a morose Malay poem, the PKR lawmaker questioned how this would impact the people's trust.
"Every day we talk about how corruption must be stamped out, while we stand on our moral high ground.
"Free from corruption, upholding integrity, we shout our slogan of reformasi.
"But can the rakyat believe in all this now?" he questioned.
Zahid had been slapped with 47 charges, namely 12 criminal breach of trust, eight corruption, and 27 money laundering charges involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi.
The trial before Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah (above) was at the defence stage after the criminal court ordered Zahid to enter his defence to the charges in January last year.
Sequerah had ruled that the prosecution succeeded in establishing prima facie (answerable case) against Zahid.
However, the prosecution today applied for Zahid to get a DNAA, citing the need for the MACC to investigate the case further to address concerns about selective prosecution, among others.
The DNAA would allow the prosecution to bring Zahid back to court again.
Hassan wrote that today was the saddest day in his life.
"It feels for nought and a complete waste, this struggle which I once considered noble.
"Now I question it all," he said.
‘Are we equal?’
The PKR veteran then questioned what signal the government was trying to send to the world.
Hassan also questioned whether it was true that all are treated equally in this country, and that there were no different standards for the elites in power and for the average citizen.
Hassan's (above) poem in its original form is as follows:
Mengapa begini yang terjadi?
Kita hari hari bercakap Basmi korupsi
Kita berdiri di tahaf moral yang tinggi
Bebas dari rasuah
Kita melaungkan slogan reformasi
Tetapi bolehkah rakyat percaya semua ini sekarang?
Prima facie telah terbukti
Tiba tiba hari ini pertuduhan korupsi digugurkan
Keputusan dilepas tanpa dibebas
diberi begitu begitu mudah saja
Begitu santai santai kelihatannya
Lalu aku bertanya di manakah kedaulatan undang undang yang ada?
Yang kerap diulang sebut di bulan kemerdekaan ini
Jangan murka bila aku menyoal lagi
Benarkah Perlembagaan negaraku ini luhur?
Tiada dua darjat dalam tafsiran hukum?
Satu untuk rakyat jelata
Satu lagi untuk mereka dari elit berkuasa?
Tiada hari yang aku berasa sedih seperti hari ini
Terasa kosong dan sia sia belaka
perjuangan yang aku anggap mulia selama ini
Kini aku persoalkan semula
Tetapi inilah yang terjadi
Orang yang rasuah dan pecah amanah
Boleh lepas dari hukum
Secara mudah mudah sahaja
Isyarat apa pemerintah hari ini ingin beritahu kepada dunia? - mk
Meanwhile,Malaysia’s High Court on Monday (Sep 4) granted a request from prosecutors to drop all corruption charges against the country's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his charity foundation graft case.
The court granted Ahmad Zahid, who was facing 47 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), bribery and money laundering, a discharge not amounting to an acquittal. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
When the court grants a discharge not amounting to an acquittal, it means that the accused is discharged from the current charges without being acquitted of them.
The prosecution still has the option to refile the charges or reinstate the case at a later time should new evidence surface.
“My family and I are grateful to God because the court decided to drop the 47 charges against me,” the deputy prime minister was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today outside the High Court after the charges against him were dropped.
Ahmad Zahid, 70, was facing 47 charges - 12 for CBT, eight for bribery and 27 for money laundering - involving tens of millions of ringgit belonging to Yayasan Akalbudi (YAB). - CNA