Will Selangor Government pay legal cost if a BN ADUN is charged in court?

Tomorrow, ADUN Seri Muda Shuhaimi Shafoe is expected to be charged in a Sessions Court under Sedition Act for insulting HRH Sultan of Selangor, in the impasse of the controversy for the appointment of Selangor Secretary of State Dato’ Mohd. Khusrin Munawi. Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government announced that the legal bill for Shuhaimi’s defense would be borne the State Government.

Shuhaimi is being charged for not acting on behalf of the state. And yet Selangor Pakatan Rakyat leaders the footing of the legal cost is justified because ‘The sedition charge is politically motivated”.

Decision to help pay Shuhaimi’s legal fees justified: Kok

By Meena L. Ramadas

PETALING JAYA (Feb 6, 2011): The Selangor government’s decision to spend taxpayers’ money to help with Seri Muda assemblyman Shuhaimi Shafiei’s legal defense against an imminent sedition charge is justified, said state executive councillor for investment Teresa Kok today.
When contacted, Kok said the state government was supporting Shuhaimi because he attempted to defend the state administration in his blog posting about the appointment of the state secretary Datuk Mohd Khusrin Munawi.

“I do support the decision to help him with legal fees because he, as a Backbencher, was defending the state government in his blog,” she said.

“It is not a personal case. He was supporting the state government,” she added.

She said Shuhami would require a lawyer to defend him and the state government will be meeting soon to discuss this.

Kok, who is Kinrara assemblyman and MP for Seputeh, also said the sedition charge against Shuhaimi is politically motivated.

She claimed the content of Shuhaimi’s blog post had been distorted by Malay daily Utusan Malaysia.

“Shuhaimi had explained to us that his words had been misquoted, distorted and that he had no intention to run down the Sultan,” she said.

The Seri Muda assemblyman was arrested last Thursday and was informed then that he will be charged today under Section 4(1) C of the Sedition Act 1948 for statements pertaining to the royal institution’s role in the appointment of the state secretary in his blog, srimuda.blogspot.com, on Dec 30.

Utusan Malaysia had published a front-page story with the headline “Shuhaimi derhaka (Shuhaimi committed treason)” on Jan 3.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had reportedly said the police had concluded their probe rapidly after reports were lodged, almost daily, against Shuhaimi by numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs). –theSun


The decision of the charge is based on Shuhaimi’s blog posting. That is why he is called for questioning and his statement taken by Shah Alam Police. Attorney General then studied the investigation papers and decided that there are merits to charge Shuhaimi under Sedition Act.

Isn’t it idiotic to claim that AG’s decision is based on what Utusan Malaysia’s article against Shuhaimi?

Since when an officer of the court appointed directly by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong decide on case criminal in nature based on a daily broadsheet’s report?

This is a blatant insult against the AG and him executing his job as a Public Prosecutor. The AG has executed his job without fear or favour. In April 1976, Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Harun Idris was charged for corruption. 8 days before the April 1982 6th General Elections, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Dato’ Mokhtar Hashim was arrested at his home for the charge of murder. In 1994, Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik was charged for statutory rape.

BN, even in their position in Federal Government never interfered when their own leaders were investigated and charged for serious crimes. In fact, they steadfastly practice minimal or no tolerance to leaders acting an act of crime. All of these personalities’ legal cost and bills never came from the Government nor party’s coffer.

Now, the question lies is would BN ADUNs get the same facility from Selangor State Government. For all the fairness, would the Selangor State Government pay for ADUN Sungai Panjang Dr Mohd. Khir Toyo? After all, he is currently facing a corruption charge under the Penal Act. His RM 24 million home was raised to public attention by DAP ADUN Sekinchan Ng Suee Lim, which makes the case “Politically motivated” too.

On the same note, Selangor Pakatan Rakyat led Government was willing to waste public money to request for a special State Assembly seating on 24 January 2011 trying to do nonproductive feat of amending the State Constitution, which any persons of sound mind could easily see that the effort is futile (because PR do not have the luxury of 2/3 majority in DUN Selangor). Of course the attempt was futile. Its purely about politics and Pakatan Rakyat sordid obession of politicking.

Then again, when students from Selangor are trapped in Egypt, the Selangor State Government did nothing to help them get out from the high risk country. Pakatan Rakyat was never about serving the rakyat. When they get power, its about only protecting their own interests, at all cost!




Published in: on February 6, 2011 at 20:27  Comments (9)