Monday, July 04, 2016
Apandi moved in for the kill
This is not about Lim Guan Eng's case.
He and Kit Siang can do all the roadshow and propaganda but his fate is sealed when Federal Court Judge turned Attorney General, Tan Sri Apandi that took up the case. As one lawyer friend said, no AG would take up a case unless it is a sure thing. More so for a Federal Court judge.
Joceline Tan is right to say DAP is in a critical situation. Guan Eng attempt to rile the public will fail as the facts are rolled out in court. So this posting is about Bar Council or The Bar.
The Bar have been playing rough with AG Apandi and now he has now responded in a letter to Sunday Berita Harian
At an AGM. they passed a motion to call for his resignation. It was to DAP lawyer, RSN Rayer a contravention of the Legal Profession Act 1976 (LPA). It is also seditious and challenging Agong's prerogative to appoint the AG.
A legal association rejected the Bar's interference into the institutional affairs of the AG.
Before that in March, the Bar filed for a judicial review against AG's power to decide not to prosecute Dato Najib.
That is obviously a political stunt that will get thrown out by any court. It is the constitutional power of AG to make that call.
In April, the Bar made a new fuzz over the proposed amendment of the LPA and sensationalised it by claiming to oppose appointment of AG as Bar Chairman.
Another political stunt.
Apandi Ali have been quiet and contained his disgust but he is no pushover.
The Bar has gone overboard. Thus they can only to be blame for Government to protect the interest of members and the profession by preserving the integrity of Bar Council.
Apandi hinted that he is not taking all these laying down. He asked media to sue politicians that lied but knowingly it was intended for politician-lawyers.
And told off Tun Dr Mahathir not to play psychological game on him.
Indeed, he is only interested in playing it legal.
In the midst of much attention on the Lim Guan Eng case, Apandi, which was described by Bigdog as akin to Prosecutor Robert Jackson of the Nuremberg trial of 1946, dropped the long awaited bomb on The Bar.
He wrote in Berita Harian to explain and express his support for the new amendment to the LPA.
The former officer of Bar Council for 7 years said Bar Council is not representative of it's members thus could not effectively perform it's role to defend justice as stated in Section 42(1)(a) of LPA, express opinion as in Section 42(1)(d) and it's role in the legal profession as in Section 42 (1)(e).
The amendment will address the abuse of postal vote practises in Bar Council election by heeding the Bar's seldom heard call to stop the practise of postal votes for the General Election.
AG will not be made Bar Chairman but two representative from the Government will be appointed into Bar Council committee and state committees.
It serves to meet section 42 (1)(l) of LPA to develop good social and working relationship amongst Bar members and with others involved with law administration.
Naturally, the incumbent members of The Bar will oppose the amendment.
Bar President, Steven Thiru complained to Singapore's Straits Times with claim that Najib administration is "threatening the Malaysian Bar's independence and an attempt to muzzle criticisms".
They are feeling the heat also from a new requirement to raise the meeting quorum from 500 to 25% of members, which is equivalent to 4,000.
Say what he likes but there is no question about curbing the Bar Council. It is only serve for better governance, making it more representative of the members and in the right direction to lessen politicisation of The Bar for the few.
As a professional body, the Bar should be solely focus on such a role.
If some members want to be politicians or have strong leaning in their role towards politics, they should join and be active members of political parties.
The members are more interested to cari makan as lawyers. They prefer to see that the Bar serve such need of it's members and play the role to uplift the professionalism of members.
Thus far only Malaysiakini, Malay Mail Online and Singapore's Straits Times gave coverage to Apandi's Berita Harian article.
Maybe it is of no interest to the opposition. And maybe their attention is geared too much on Lim Guan Eng.
If it is so, then it is a smart move by Apandi to sneek in when everyone is looking the other way. He has moved in for the kill on these hooligans and anarchist in suits and dark ties.
It only serve these law breakers pretending to be law practitioner right. Hope police is serious to investigate them for sedition for convening the AGM.
The Bar have been too much and it has reached intolerable level of subversively being in-cohoot with foreign government to steer the nation away from nation building agenda.
If it had been #No2BC in the past, hopefully we could put up a thumb's up for them in the near future. It has been a long battle.
AG should not stop there. It was reported in the mainstream media that AG has asked that the content of the court proceeding should not be openly discussed in public.
In other words, latest actions by Guan Eng is subjudice and actions could be taken against him. A repeat of law defiant behaviours during Anwar's second sodomy trial should not recur.
For that matter, statements by Mat Sabu and Dato Mahfudz Omar are seditous, in contempt of the court, and defamatory.
There should be no compromise. The law is there to be abide to. Those ignoring and intentionally breaking it should be dealt with accordingly.
No allowance for cheap auta keling political stunt.
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