Inquiry Commission to decide on calling Lingam and Tun Fairuz

The recently appointed Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) for the allegations involving famous lawyer V K Lingam has been issued with the necessary term of reference and powers, within the provisions provided under the Federal Constitution. That include investigative and issuance of subpoena power, to fully complete the inquiry, within the three months stipulated time.

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The panel will be headed by former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd. Noor, former Chief Judge of Borneo Tan Sri Steven Shim Lip Kiong, former Court of Appeal Judge Dato’ Mahadev Shanker, eminent historian and SUHAKAM Commissioner Prof. Dato’ Dr. Khoo Kay Kim and former Solicitor General Puan Sri Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh while Dato’ Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid will act as the Inquiry Commission secretary.

The members of RCI will have their first meeting next Tuesday and will decide whether to call wintnesses, which include the lawyer V K Lingam and/or former Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim to testify.

On the same note, PKR in a statement has agreed to surrender the rest of the tapes about the so-called “phone call” to the Inquiry Commission. All the ruckus about the alleged how a practicing lawyer was able to lobby the then Chief Justice for movements and decisions in the Judiciary started when PKR Adviser Anwar Ibrahim and Vice President R Sivarasah revealed an 8 minute tape on 19 September 2007. On 26 September 2007, the Bar Council staged a “Walk for Justice” from Palace of Justice to Prime Minister’s Office claiming the Judiciary has been tarnished.

Published in: on December 14, 2007 at 20:17  Leave a Comment  

ISA arrest: DAP in support of ‘extremist militants’ while majority Malaysians detest

Yesterday, was a moment of mixed feelings for Malaysians. Five Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) leaders (one is still ‘loose’) were arrested under the provisions of the Internal Security Act. The HINDRAF people have caused so many Malaysians to strongly express their deep dissatisfaction, some even asked more stern and decisive action taken against what has been classified as ‘threatening stability and harmony and national security’.

Of course, this invited strong criticisms when a provision of the ISA law, which was enacted by Parliament in 1960 by democratically elected representatives of the rakyat is being deployed against the group of people who were seen to destabilize and derail what was painfully achieved throughout a long period of time and an attempt to defame Malaysia abroad.

Some Opposition leaders even announced that their party will be fighting in court, to get the release of their members who are also HINDRAF leaders, deemed ‘extremist militants’ by some other senior and respected legal practitioners in town.

The Star has the story:

Opposition plans to file application for two lawyers under ISA detention

KUALA LUMPUR: A writ of habeas corpus seeking the release of lawyers M. Manoharan and V. Ganabatirau members from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be filed soon.

DAP national chairman Karpal Singh said the two lawyers for Hindraf were party members.

“We will file the papers because the detention involves our members,” Karpal Singh told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

(The writ of habeas corpus has historically been an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action. It is a summons with the force of a court order addressed to the custodian, such as a prison official, demanding that an unlawfully detained person be brought before the court for release.)

Also detained under the ISA yesterday were lawyers P. Uthayakumar and R. Kenghadharan, and Hindraf coordinator T. Vasanthakumar.

Karpal Singh said the use of ISA under such circumstances could not be justified.

“They should be given an opportunity to face trial in open court if there is evidence,” he added.

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang concurred, “If they have committed an offence, bring them to court to stand trial. If it is sedition, charge them in court.”

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said the five were detained as public sentiments continued to be affected.

“I believe the police have all the information to use the ISA for fear that the internal security of the country is compromised,” he said, adding that there were also SMSes spreading allegations against the Government.

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the Government had taken the right action to put the five Hindraf leaders under ISA detention.

“Peace needs to be maintained in the country. If you keep creating discord, then the Government has no choice but to invoke the ISA,” he told newsmen in Johor Baru.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president R. Sivarasa said unrealistic demands or loose or exaggerated language by Hindraf leaders could not be equated to “threats to national security.”

“The practice of locking up a citizen for two years using vague and unproven allegations of being a threat to national security has no place in any civilised society,” he said.

What actions against “vague and unproven allegations of being threat to national security” civilize society the PKR leader talking about, in support of the DAP leader’s call to fight for these people who are deemed committing ‘high treason’? What about the blatant lies with deep malice intent these people explicitly presented to a foreign Government a month ago?

Is the DAP now is in favour of supporting ‘militant extremism’ and people who specifically and explicitly want to cause racial and religious clashes in this country?

This is what DAP Deputy National Chairman and leading defense lawyer YB Karpal Singh said a week ago, about HINDRAF’s allegations:

 

Hindraf’s allegations untrue, says Karpal

KUALA LUMPUR: Allegations by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) that the Government was carrying out ethnic cleansing and had committed atrocities against Indians in Malaysia are baseless and untrue, said lawyer Karpal Singh.

He said he felt surprised that Hindraf leaders would make such charges and hoped that they would be more responsible when uttering such statements.

He said the manner in which Hindraf’s rally on Nov 25 was carried out was not right.

Karpal Singh said the problems of the Indians had not properly been addressed but that the protest gathering had not been properly organised and that “there should not have been any violence involved.”

The DAP national chairman and Bukit Glugor MP, however, said that the DAP was supportive of peaceful demonstrations and questioned the need for permits.

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday that the Cabinet should set up a special task force headed by the Prime Minister to resolve the problems faced by the Indians.

“The Cabinet should come out with a new policy for a new deal to end this,” he said.

“The number of Indians in the civil service has also plunged in the past 34 years, from 17.4% in 1971 to 5.12% in 2005,” he added.

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Apparently, the inconsistencies are very clear. The Oppositions have been staging one ‘circus’ stunt after another, beginning from the 10 November 2007 till present, which is typically of them; trying to narrowly capitalize for a miserable inch of grounds where ever they can. Now they tried to organise themselves with some of these NGOs and meet the Prime Minister. It is a desperate attempt trying to ‘reinvent’ themselves and portray themselves as “still relevant”, even short-selling the country whilst abroad.

On the other hand, there are some people who represent the bigger majority who are consistent in the call of vehemently detesting illegal assemblies and street demonstrations, which highly probable turning ugly and violent (and so many did).

NST has the story:

2007/12/14

‘Silent majority’ speaks out against protests

By : Ranjeetha Pakiam

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PETALING JAYA: The silent majority of Malaysians has spoken up for peace.

 

Fed up with the unrest that followed street demonstrations and illegal rallies, a coalition of non-governmental organisations, calling itself Damai Malaysia, made its stand in a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday.

Twenty representatives met Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to hand over the document that rejected street demonstrations and the use of racial and religious issues to incite hatred among Malaysians.

Abdullah appreciated the fact that the silent majority had spoken up, saying this showed that Malaysians were a peace-loving people.

“I appreciate the message of support. The rakyat is angry that some parties have gone overseas to drum up support against our country by making false accusations and stories.

“It is as if they don’t love their country. They are greedy for power, so they do not care about what happens to the country.

“They are so obsessed with their beliefs that they do not think of the damage they are doing to the country and its people,” he said after receiving the memorandum from Damai Malaysia co-ordinating chairman Mohd Saiful Adil Daud at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base.

Abdullah hoped more Malaysians would see the need to protect public safety and not abuse the freedom to speak.

He also spoke on the negative impact of street demonstrations on retail businesses and the tourism industry, which had suffered losses after cancellation of hotel rooms and tour bookings.

He reminded the people that street demonstrations were not part of Malaysian culture.

“We have been successful so far not because we have such demonstrations, but because we uphold the sanctity of the law and the sovereignty of the Constitution.

“This is why Malaysians have enjoyed peace and political stability for so long, while still being able to voice their opinions and beliefs freely.”

Damai Malaysia is a coalition of 395 NGOs representing 1.5 million Malaysians who have declared their stand against street demonstrations.

It is made up of 75 Chinese-based NGOs and 20 associations which are Indian-based with the rest being Malay.

Saiful said the coalition was formed recently to oppose all forms of street demonstrations which disrupted peace in the country.

He said the memorandum had been drafted during a forum held on Dec 6 at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman.

“As peace-loving citizens, we are responsible for supporting the government in its efforts to put a stop to all this nonsense.

“If there are issues affecting some people, they should go through the proper channels instead of resorting to such measures,” Saiful said.

The coalition plans to invite former appellate court judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah to speak on clauses in the Federal Constitution which touched on racial integration as well as Bumiputera privileges and the rights of others.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration (who is also the Minister of Internal Security) for the last four years has been in favour of using the provisions under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and so many quarters felt that his approach and methods of resolving issues, even pertaining to ‘internal security’ has been too soft and slow. The only famous personality been arrested under the ISA laws is BSA Tahir in early 2004, in connection of the scandal to the supply of centrifuge for the purpose of a nuclear device by Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (SCOPE).

It is thought that Anwar Ibrahim was the personality and ‘puppet master’ behind and strategically gave input for the HINDRAF leaders and movement. The reaction of PKR Vice President Gopalakrishnan on the ISA be used against HINDRAF leaders shows the direct association the “Anwar” party to the ‘extremist militants’.The use of ISA against HINDRAF leaders was thought to be a ‘warning’ for Anwar Ibrahim, who is known to have ‘connections’ with foreign agencies.

Blogger Sesumpah has angle that Anwar Ibrahim is making a wrong political move for his support of HINDRAF and later trying his best to deny it, as a ‘damage control’ effort.

Will we see Anwar Ibrahim be arrested under ISA, for the related charges against HINDRAF? The magic question will be, how the Oppositions capitalise and make Anwar Ibrahim a ‘martyr’ when they go for general elections, which is lurking around the corner.

*An update as of 7.15pm, Friday 14 December 2007

The HINDRAF leader who is the United Kingdom during the crackdown against the others under ISA law yesterday, P. Waythamoorthy vowed to continue the struggle and their demands.

The Star has the story:

 


MYT 6:35:17 PM

Struggle will go on, says Hindraf leader

KUALA LUMPUR: The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) will continue its peaceful struggle through prayers advocating the rights of Malaysian Indians, its chairman P. Waythamoorthy said.

Waythamoorthy, contacted by telephone in London Friday, said the group was undeterred by the arrest of its leaders.

“Hindraf will continue to defend the five leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the other 31 Indians arrested for the peaceful walk in the city.

“We have further lost confidence in the Government after it detained our top officials without trial,” said Waythamoorthy, who will plan the group’s next course of action from London. He is currently there to garner international support for Hindraf.

He urged supporters to remain calm and pray for the release of those detained and others arrested.

On Thursday, P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, R. Kengadharan, V. Ganabatirau and K. Vasantha Kumar were arrested under the ISA. They have been detained at the Kamunting detention centre.

Their detention order was signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Internal Security Minister.

“Arresting our leaders does not mean we are without a leadership. I, and a few others, will continue to lead our non-violent struggle for Indian rights in Malaysia,” said Waythamoorthy.

“I will continue to issue statements from London and keep the Indians informed through the other leaders in Malaysia.” He stressed that Hindraf would remain apolitical and did not want any political party to hijack the movement’s struggle.

 

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