Najib’s phone recordings : where’s the privacy?



IN the movie Enemy of the State, a congressman abused his powers to secretly record the phone conversations of actor Will Smith.

This scenario is similar in Malaysian politics when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) exposed recently the phone conversations of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several individuals.

The content of the recordings have exposed Najib’s shenanigans which showed him abuse his power.

But the bigger issue here, where is the privacy?

How low can the law get?

Where is the limit when it comes to legal persecution?

Understandably, the authorities are going all out to convict Najib and all those involved in the 1MDB scandal.

But where do we draw the line?

Do you install secret cameras in the toilet and the private bedroom in a man’s house to get information?

Can’t a husband have a private conversation with his own wife anymore?

Is this information admissible in court?

A lawyer told Bebasnews that the recordings are sub judice to Najib’s court case and MACC commissioner Latheefa Koya, as a trained lawyer, is aware.

Latheefa, however, told reporters yesterday that the recordings will not be sub judicial to the case.

Regardless, these recordings have raised an issue of how low can you stoop to obtain justice.

The FBI has done this before by secretly taping mafia bosses to convict them in court.

But can we bring this method to Malaysia?

Can we use recordings of private conversations on the dinner table in the court of law?

But at the same time, this method has invaded the privacy of Malaysians who will think twice before opening their mouths on to speak on the telephone.


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