Hiding water deal is abuse of power, AG told

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Attorney General (Abdul Gani Patail)

Attorney General (Abdul Gani Patail) has been told to “stop abusing his power” over the controversial water restructuring agreement between Putrajaya and Selangor.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel said reports of the AG’s latest refusal to disclose details of the agreement, although disappointing, was “not surprising”.

“We view this latest action by the AG as an outright abuse of power, and back the call of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali in demanding for a formal and written reason from the AG on why public disclosure cannot be exercised,” said Gabriel in a statement today.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Maximus Johnity Ongkili yesterday said the water deal could not be revealed based on the advice from the AG, The Malaysian Insider reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, Gabriel (right) said the long protracted tussle involved in the negotiations of the water agreement had led for the water deal to become a subject of public interest.

“This makes it crucial for details to be disclosed for further understanding and scrutiny. Why should the deal be tucked away under the Official Secrets Act (OSA)?

“Is the government afraid of sharing information with its own people? Why is there a need to withhold the details of the deal?” she asked.

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Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel

She further warned that “the more the OSA is used a shield to protect the government, the greater the trust deficit will be between the people and the government”.

“Malaysia must live up to the demands of the information age, and stop treating its citizens like its enemies.

“A more informed citizenry is a demonstration of a more mature society, and Malaysia must be ready to embrace this challenge,” said Gabriel.

Source: Malaysia Kini

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