How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Is AG's powers so limited?

Our Attorney General is perceived to be 'Almost God' in terms of his wide powers in prosecution under the law. He can literally decide who should go to jail and who should not, and in some cases, who should die if charged under the law which carries the death penalty. Yet, in a statement which surprised many in terms of limitation of powers, but not surprising in terms of his bias towards BN leaders, he is passing the buck to the Bar Council!

For someone who is good at taking quick actions against opposition leaders and anti-government NGO leaders, and appealing when judgments were in favour of them, his claim of 'no power' in connection with Bala's SD2 is circumspect. With many instances of selective prosecution or inaction to suit the ruling coalition, the AG's credibility must be at an all time low.

Two opposition MPs, both lawyers (one from DAP and the other from PKR), have condemned his reluctance to act in the cause of justice.

According to reports from Malaysia Chronicle...

AG's claim he is powerless to probe Bala's SD2 is "NONSENSE" - Gobind

"As Attorney General, he has a discretion under Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution to 'institute, conduct or discontinue' any proceedings for an offence. Implicit in this is his responsibility to be alert to new facts and circumstances which would impact upon any ongoing prosecution and appeal.

Is he saying that where new evidence comes up during or even after a prosecution or appeal showing that others may be responsible for the crime or that important witnesses have been kept away, he is under no obligation to make further inquiries to be certain of his facts?

Is our Attorney-General so powerless so much so that he has to remain quiet, shut his ears and eyes and fold his arms and do absolutely nothing in such circumstances?

With respect, to me that would be a failure on part of the Attorney- General to ensure that justice is done.

The Attorney General not only has the power to direct further investigations in such circumstances, but is duty bound to do so where the need arises in all criminal prosecutions especially where the offences carry the death penalty."

MP Puchong


No power to probe Bala's SD2? Sivarasa debunks AG's claim as "classic intellectual DISHONESTY"

"As a lawyer supposedly well versed in the Penal Code, he should know we are talking here about the involvement of Najib, Cecil Abraham and others including Najib's brother Nazim Razak in the commission of the criminal offence of fabricating false evidence - sections 192 to 203 of the Penal Code spell out the details. Najib as an alleged principal is liable to 7 years jail. The others are also principals and also aiders and abettors of the offence.

The AG should not avoid the central issue here of criminal conduct which is entirely within his jurisdiction and make silly comparisons with what the Bar Council will do.

He should know that all the Bar Council can do in terms of Cecil Abraham's conduct is to lodge a complaint with the Discipline Board which then conducts an investigation. The Bar Council has no other power..."



The Malaysian Insider: A-G has no power, desire, guts or clearance? — Ravinder Singh


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