PKR has filed an emergency motion under Standing Order 18 (1) to discuss the conduct of inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and subsequently sack him, mainly for using the Sedition Act against lawmakers.
PKR’s Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin (below) filed the motion today with Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia’s office.
“Until today, 36 MPs, university lecturers, students and social activists have been charged, arrested or interrogated by the police using the Sedition Act,” he said in the motion.
He added that Malaysia’s good name would be “tarnished” if Khalid continues to helm the police force.
Pandikar would decide by tomorrow or next week if the motion would be allowed to be debated.
Sim also described Khalid as the “Twitter sheriff” in his motion. Continue reading
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said there was no need to worry over PAS’s hudud agenda as in the first place, the controversial Islamic penal code runs counter to the Federal Constitution and would therefore never be implemented in Malaysia. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 — Senior Umno minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz turned the heat up a notch in the controversy over hudud today, harshly describing those bickering over the law and its planned implementation in Kelantan as “stupid people”.
The outspoken politician said there was no need to worry over PAS’s hudud agenda as in the first place, the controversial Islamic penal code runs counter to the Federal Constitution and would therefore never be implemented in Malaysia.
“They are all stupid, whoever is talking about this from whichever political party. This can only happen if there is an amendment to the Federal Constitution.
“So why even talk or bother about something that is against the Constitution and will not happen? Exercise in futility,” the former de facto law minister told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby here.
Nazri, who is now Tourism Minister, stressed that punishments for crime and theft under hudud could not be passed without first amending the Constitution as the civil courts already have clear punishments for such offences. Continue reading
PETALING JAYA: Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has called on “sensible Malays” to resist the rise of a “Taliban-style fascism” in Malaysian politics by supporting DAP or backing the establishment of a new party of Muslim moderates.
In his latest blog entry, Zaid describes DAP as the only existing political organisation showing integrity in the hudud issue.
As for a new Muslim party, he envisions one formed by members of PasMa, an NGO within PAS reputed to have moderate leanings. He says Malays should support such a party only if it is truly moderate.
He notes that the hudud bill approved by the Kelantan State Assembly last week had the support of PAS, Umno and PKR. Continue reading