Recently, a video of a man who looked very much like the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali dancing with a few Cabinet Ministers in public at the Merdeka parade held at the Dataran Merdeka went viral.
The ones dancing with the man who looked like Apandi were ministers Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and Nancy Shukri.
Some commented that it was unbecoming of the man who resembled A-G to be seen frolicking so freely with ministers, for if anything goes wrong in the government, it is the A-G who will have to institute or conduct an investigation on ministers. The public asked if an A-G can be trusted to do so if he is seen to be jolly good friends with ministers?
Another said that while it is okay for an A-G to be seen to be friendly with ministers, it should not be done in such a manner.
This is because it gives the perception that the A-G may not be truly objective.
The fact is there is a certain decorum which the A-G must keep to, and while nobody is asking him to live a monk’s life, he should not be seen to be in a situation which the public may deem him to be partial to the executive, especially in light of the present political climate, in which everyone else is watching keenly now.
No one is saying that if indeed it is Apandi dancing, he would not be able to perform his duties as the highest ranking public prosecutor should one of the ministers in the dance troop be involved in any hanky-panky, but the question here is if the heart will have a role to play when one is a dancing partner.
Apandi has not refuted nor confirmed it was him in the video – perhaps the media has yet to ask him – and we only hope that he will do either, and not do neither.
This brings to mind the case of lawyer VK Lingam, famous for video clips showing him allegedly talking to former Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim about the appointment of the latter into the office of Chief Justice of the Federal Court.
Ahmad Fairuz retired as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court in late 2007 after his tender was not renewed due to objection from the Conference of Rulers.
There was also a low quality video purportedly showing Lingam talking about having dinner with and buying an expensive gift for former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah.
Throughout a Royal Inquiry, Lingam said that the man in the clip “looks like me, sounds like me”, a line which is now reserved for those who feign innocence despite much proof.
The fact is the man dancing with the video may move like Apandi and may look like Apandi , but may not be Apandi. Let’s hope it is not 100% Apandi.