Arkib Tahun 2008

11 December 2008

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Press Statement

Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2008

- A Disappointment

The long awaited legislation for a Judicial Appointments Commission is a disappointment. While it provides for a mechanism for selection and recommendation for appointments to the superior judiciary namely, the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Federal Court including their respective heads and provides for criteria for such appointments all of which may appear giving a semblance of transparency yet it could lead to executive interference into the independence of the judiciary.

Provisions for the Prime Minister of the day to defend the independence of the judiciary and power conferred on him to appoint and remove any or all the non-judicial members (eminent persons) of the Commission at any time without giving any reasons in essence means that the independence of the judiciary would be dependent on the personality of the Prime Minister in power, in effect the executive arm of the government.

Without amending article 121 of the Constitution to restore the doctrine of separation of powers and conferring the judicial power on the courts judicial independence cannot be secured by merely conferring on the chief executive of the government to uphold judicial independence.

This provision in clause 2 of the Bill read together with the power of the Prime Minister to remove the eminent persons in the Commission at any time without giving reasons pursuant to clause 9(1) virtually gives legal legitimacy for executive dominance over the judicial arm of the government.

There are other flaws in this Bill which are most worrying:

1) While clause 11 sets out at length for avoidance of conflict of interest situations for members of the Commission yet clause 15 dilutes its effectiveness in that contravention of clause 11 does not invalidate “any act done or proceeding taken” pursuant to the same contravention . Hence a judicial appointment made in contravention of clause 11 will in any event be valid. What then is the purpose of the strictures over conflict of interest in clause 11?

2) Clause 5 (1)(f) provides for the Prime Minister to appoint four eminent members to the Commission after ‘consulting ‘ the Bar associations in West and East Malaysia. The word ‘consultation” is not defined in the Bill. Experience has shown in the past how the process of consultation between the Prime Minister and the Conference of Rulers over judicial appointments was abused by one Prime Minister. The process of consultation should not be seen as a sham.

3) While the Bill provides for the Prime Minister to accept persons recommended by the Commission yet it does not expressly provide what happens if he does not accept the recommendations. This omission read together with the power of the Prime Minister to amend the legislation within two years “whenever it appears to him necessary or expedient to do so …………………..” leaves much to be desired. It provides unfettered power to the Prime Minister to amend the legislation under the pretext to “removing difficulties or preventing anomalies”. It will be open to abuse.

4) Further, clause 28 provides for the Prime Minister to tender his advice under article 122B of the Federal Constitution. Under article 122B the advice tendered to the King is after certain processes under the same article including the consultation with the Conference of Rulers. What happens if the Rulers have a differing view from that of the Prime Minister over any recommendation particularly in the light of the choices made by the Prime Minister from those recommended by the Commission? Hence without amending the Constitution to entrench the Commission and harmonize article 122B with its functions conflicts between the Constitution and the legislation could arise.

Finally, it must be stressed that the present Prime Minister may be well meaning and may not abuse his powers. The same cannot be said about future Prime Ministers. We must learn from experiences of the past. What is needed is a legislation which will insulate the judiciary as an institution and individual judges to secure their independence. The Dewan Rakyat as a constituent part of the legislature must be mindful of these concerns and provide for such insulation. The proposed Bill is far from providing such insulation. The Constitution must be amended to entrench the independence of the judiciary.

Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the

Independence of Judges and Lawyers

December 11, 2008

11 December 2008

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From AsiaOne

BUKIT MERTAJAM, MALAYSIA: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on all parties to stop the blame game over the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide tragedy.

He said the focus should be on finding out the cause of the tragedy and not point fingers.

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10 December 2008

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From The Star Online
By CLARA CHOOI

KUALA KANGSAR: Sungai Siput MP Dr D. Jeyakumar, his wife and three others were arrested after they allegedly stopped police from boarding a bus carrying participants of a cycling expedition by Jerit ( Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas or the Marginalised People’s Network).

The “People Cycling For Change” expedition started in Alor Star on Dec 3 and is scheduled to end at Parliament House on Dec 18. There were 45 passengers on the bus, all aged 13 and above.

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10 December 2008

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From The Star Online
By YENG AI CHUN

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah has set tongues wagging again after he was spotted at an Aidiladha kenduri (feast) organised by PKR here.

The Umno assemblyman was leaving the kenduri at Permatang Rawa near here when Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim arrived with his entourage.

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10 December 2008

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Part 1

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Rakaman wawancara Riz Khan bersama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Al-Jazeera.
PEJABAT DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM

8 December 2008

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From New York Times
By FRED A. BERNSTEIN

Jorn Utzon, an architect who designed one of the world’s most recognizable buildings — the Sydney Opera House — but never saw it finished, died in Copenhagen on Saturday. He was 90.

He died of heart failure in his sleep, according to his son Kim.

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8 December 2008

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7 December 2008

To: Singapore/Malaysia Network

Friends,

Sixty years ago,in the wake of the horrendous cruelty committed during the Second World War, the world was determined to end human rights violations. In 1948, on December 10, the first global treaty on human rights — the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — was signed at the United Nations. Canadians are particularly proud that Canadian Law Professor John Humphrey was involved in drawing up that historic document. Yet today, that Declaration is violated in many countries, as we see from our daily media reports. Singapore and Malaysia are among the violators. But while abuses continue, the human rights community is growing everywhere. And we know well that courageous human rights defenders such as Dr Chee Soon Juan in Singapore and Dr Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia — both former prisoners of conscience — will not give up the struggle for fundamental rights. The best way we can mark December 10 is, of course, by taking action to support them.

I am asking therefore that you write a brief letter to their governments, urging a change in direction. Please see below.

I f you would like to join AI Canada’s Human Rights Write-a-Thon focus on several other countries (part of AI’s worldwide campaign to mark December 10), please go to www.amnesty.ca/writeathon.

Margaret John
Coordinator for Singapore and Malaysia

7 December 2008

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Wanita KeAdilan telah melakukan usaha bantuan di tapak tragedi tanah runtuh di Bukit Antarabangsa. Keperluan segera di pusat bantuan ialah:

1) Generator

2) lilin

3) pembuka tin

4) air mineral

5) thermosflasks

Sila hubungi exco wanita KeAdilan Pn Salmah Ismail  019 243 6573

Pejabat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

7 December 2008

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KUALA LUMPUR: About 3,000 residents of four areas in Bukit Antarabangsa have been ordered to move immediately as they are in landslide-danger areas.

However, many of the residents are refusing to move.

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7 December 2008

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Hari penamaan calon bagi pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu ditetapkan pada 6 Januari ini dan pengundian pula pada 17 Januari, dengan 11 hari berkempen, demikian diumumkan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR).

“Penetapan tarikh ini dilakukan dengan mengambil kira dan meneliti pandangan pelbagai pihak, termasuk ramalan Jabatan Kajicuaca yang mengatakan Terengganu akan berdepan dengan keadaan cuaca yang tidak menentu dalam masa terdekat,” kata Timbalan Pengerusi SPR Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.

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7 December 2008

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Pengorbanan memerlukan keteguhan dan ketulusan hati. Puncak kepada keikhlasan dan makna dari ketakwaan itu terdapat di dalam kisah Nabi Ibrahim a.s dan Nabi Ismail a.s:

“Maka ketika anaknya itu sampai (ke peringkat umur yang membolehkan dia) berusaha bersama-sama dengannya, Nabi Ibrahim berkata: “Wahai anak kesayanganku! Sesungguhnya aku melihat dalam mimpi bahawa aku akan menyembelihmu; maka fikirkanlah apa pendapatmu?”. Anaknya menjawab: “Wahai ayah, jalankanlah apa yang diperintahkan kepadamu; Insya Allah, ayah akan mendapati daku dari orang-orang yang sabar”. Surah As-Saaffaat ayat 102

Kedua-duanya tanpa ragu menjalankan perintah Allah S.W.T:

Setelah keduanya berserah bulat-bulat (menjunjung perintah Allah itu), dan Nabi Ibrahim merebahkan anaknya dengan meletakkan iringan mukanya di atas tompok tanah, (Kami sifatkan Ibrahim – dengan kesungguhan azamnya itu telah menjalankan perintah Kami).- Surah As- Saaffaat ayat 103

Saya pernah berkongsi dengan para pembaca betapa penting untuk kita menyingkap makna dan pengajaran dari peristiwa qurban yang melibatkan Nabi Ibrahim a.s. dan putera baginda Nabi Ismail a.s. Yang terserlah adalah nilai taqwa, hasrat mempertahankan hak dan menolak kebatilan.Pada masa sama jangan kita alpa untuk terus berjuang mengangkat martabat umat dan membela nasib rakyat.

Kesungguhan tanpa kenal erti penat dan lelah merupakan ciri para pejuang penegak Keadilan. Perjuangan untuk memastikan Perubahan di negara ini menuntut kesungguhan dari pendokong kebenaran. Moga kemenangan tiba jua akhirnya:

Dan Kami menolong mereka sehingga menjadilah mereka orang-orang yang berjaya mengalahkan (lawannya)- Surah As-Saaffaat 116

Saya mengucapkan Salam Eidul Adha minal adin walfaizin walmaqbulin kepada seluruh umat Islam.

Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar. Walillahil hamd.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

7 December 2008

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I refer to the article written by Deborah Loh alleging that Parti Keadilan Rakyat is “misrepresenting” the Federal Constitution in calling for a restoration of the right of the Agung to send proposed legislation back to Parliament. Deborah’s piece appears to be based on that written by Elisabeth Looi quoting Datuk Seri Wan Azizah at the recent PKR Congress in Shah Alam over the weekend.

Datuk Seri Wan Azizah did NOT at any time say that PKR wanted an absolute veto power for the Agung i.e a position where the Agung could irrevocably reject any proposed legislation. When she said that PKR wanted to restore the Constitution to its pre-amendment position, it was clear that this was a return to the original position where the Agung could reject and send legislation back to Parliament once. This was the “veto” she spoke of.

If Parliament then decided to send it back to the Agung, either in its original form or amended, this was final and the Agung would have to assent to it. This was necessary to maintain the principle of the supremacy of Parliament.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim repeated this position in his press conference in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

The allegation of PKR “misrepresenting” the Federal Constitution cannot therefore arise. It is unfortunate that such a conclusion may have been drawn because of your writers not being fully aware of what was the original position in the Constitution before the 1993 amendments took place.

It would appear from Deborah’s article that the views of Prof Shad Faruqi are a response to an erroneous representation made to him that PKR was suggesting giving the Agong a power of absolute veto over legislation.

We hope that this clarification will set matters straight and further misrepresentation avoided.

Sivarasa Rasiah
Vice President
Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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