PUTRAJAYA — Oct. 31, 2017: Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali is determined to institute legal action against blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin if the latter refuses to apologise over an article on alleged corruption.
However, he is not giving a time frame for the blogger to do so.
“If there is no apology from him, I will definitely sue him. How can he smear my name? I don’t even know him. It is my reputation,” Apandi said at a press conference at his office today.
On October 22, Apandi lodged a police report against Raja Petra for criminal defamation.
Raja Petra had posted two articles which alleged that Apandi was involved in corruption. The two articles were published in his Malaysia Today blog on October 20 and 21.
On another matter, Apandi said amendments to Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act would be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat.
He has briefed the Cabinet on the amendments following judges voicing that they were forced to pass the death sentence on an accused as no other sentences were available.
‘I talked to the government to make the law more flexible. It will allow judges to impose the appropriate penalty based on their discretion.
“We are formulating the law to allow discretion by judges. We will want to identify who deserves hanging and who doesn’t .
“There are drug mules, they are innocent when they carry for money. They didn’t know what they were carrying, then they may come into the category of those that will not be given the death penalty while the drug trafficker deserves the death penalty,” he said. — Bernama