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Gani’s term as AG terminated, Apandi takes over

Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR, July 28 ― Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s term as Attorney-General (AG) was terminated yesterday.

National news agency Bernama today flashed a report on its Twitter account saying that Gani’s services were terminated for health reasons.

When contacted for confirmation, Gani told The Mole : “That’s what the letter to me states.”

Asked whether  “they resigned” him,  he said: “Yes, they terminated my services.”

One  news portal reported that the AG is suffering from kidney ailment.

Bernama quoted the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa as saying that Federal Court judge Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali replaces him.

Gani is heading the task force investigating the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), where the government-owned strategic investment firm faces allegations of misappropriating billions of  ringgit.

Members of the task force are Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, Bank Negara Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz and Malaysia Anti-Corruption chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Apandi has had 37 years of experience in the judiciary having  first started as a magistrate in the Magistrate’s Court in Kuala Terengganu in 1973 and rose to become a High Court Judge of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur in 2010.

On October 2013, Apandi was also the one who allowed the government’s appeal against the High Court decision that had declared the Home Minister to ban the Herald from using the word “Allah” was illegal, null and void.

He had also said that national security and public order could be threatened if the publisher of the Herald was allowed to use the word “Allah”.

Apandi held that the government had not violated the church’s constitutional rights.

Additional reporting by Zaidi Azmi.

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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.