Ahmad Fairuz’s stand on Islamic law misplaced, says retired judge

gopal-1PETALING JAYA: Former chief justice Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim has misread the Federal Constitution and ignored a judicial precedent in claiming that Islamic law is above civil legislations, a retired judge said today.

Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said Fairuz should not read in isolation a single provision – Article 3(1) which states that Islam is the religion of the Federation – to assert Islamic law’s applicability in Malaysia.

He said Article 4(1) made it clear that any law that came into force after Merdeka Day on Aug 31, 1957 and which was inconsistent with the supreme law of the land (the Constitution) shall be invalid.

He said it was important to note that Article 4(1) says “inconsistent with this constitution” and not “inconsistent with any provision of this constitution”.

“Therefore, Article 3(1) which says that Islam shall be the religion of the Federation is irrelevant when testing the constitutional validity of a post-Merdeka law,” said Sri Ram. Continue reading

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Muhyiddin proposes Pakatan Harapan become Barisan Rakyat

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PETALING JAYA: Muhyiddin Yassin sees a Malay-based opposition coalition called Barisan Rakyat as being the best way to win the next general election against the ruling Barisan Nasional government.

The president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) said that if all the leaders in Pakatan Harapan were in agreement, the current opposition coalition should change its name to Barisan Rakyat.

“Maybe we can name the new coalition between Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu as Barisan Rakyat – Barisan Rakyat to fight against Barisan Nasional,” Malaysiakini quoted the former deputy prime minister as saying in a PPBM programme at Padang Rengas, Perak last night.

“We want to re-build the country’s system which we formed decades ago after our independence which is almost destroyed and can no longer be protected by (Prime Minister) Najib (Razak) and his cohorts,” the news portal quoted him as saying.

Earlier when announcing the move to join forces with Pakatan Harapan, PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the coalition change its name, create a common logo as well as a symbol and election manifesto.

Muhyddin spoke of the need for parties in the opposition coalition to stay united so that as one force, they could beat Barisan Nasional. Continue reading

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Dr M pokes fun at Nazri’s ‘silent’ cendol meet

 

Despite their highly-anticipated debate in Kuala Kangsar having been postponed, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz still managed to meet, even if it was just over cendol in the Perak town yesterday.

At a programme organised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia later at night, Mahathir recounted Nazri’s eagerness to debate him.

“But I see that his party doesn’t support him, his government doesn’t support him, no one is supporting him so he cannot debate me.

“But it’s okay, we will have the debate in Shah Alam on April 7.”

Nevertheless, Mahathir said he was puzzled over the “silent” encounter the two had yesterday.

“He was determined to meet me but when we met at the cendol place, he didn’t say anything. What’s the point of meeting but not saying anything,” said Mahathir, to laughter from the audience.

At this point, Mahathir’s microphone stopped working. Continue reading

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No debate, so Dr M and Nazri have cendol date

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz met over cendol in Kuala Kangsar today even though their planned debate in the town was postponed.

Nazri caught up with the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) entourage at Dataran Sayong Lembah this afternoon.

There, Nazri had cendol with Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairperson, along with the entourage.

Others present were Mahathir’s wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali and son Mukhriz, who is also Bersatu deputy president.

The encounter was cordial throughout. Continue reading

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Sultan willing to expose middleman offering RM2 million for Tan Sri title

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JOHOR BAHRU: The Sultan of Johor has expressed willingness to disclose to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) the middleman who attempted to bribe him over the conferment of medals.

In his Facebook posting today, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said he wanted MACC to have an audience with him immediately so that the matter could be investigated.

The Sultan of Johor recently disclosed that he received a RM2 million offer from an individual to recommend a name to the chief secretary for a “Tan Sri” title from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“This is Johor, we have self-pride. You can’t use money to buy awards and titles,” he said. Continue reading

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Ex-CJ: Muslims not asking for equality, just hudud

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KUALA LUMPUR: PAS’ proposal to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) is not unconstitutional as Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, which speaks about equality of the law, does not apply.

This, according to former chief justice Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, is because “Muslims are not asking for equality”, and are “happy to abide by the law” if it is passed in Parliament.

He was responding to a statement by Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong who had voiced his opposition to PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members’ Bill to amend Act 355, saying it contravened the Federal Constitution.

Mah was reported to have said last year that the bill might result in a duplicity of laws as there would be two sets of laws for the same offences. This, said Mah, contravened Article 8 of the Federal Constitution which related to equality under the law for citizens.

“Gerakan said no one person should be treated differently,” said Ahmad Fairuz, in a lecture titled “Islam as the Law of the Land” held at the Majestic Hotel here today. Continue reading

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Teen model charged with DUI

 Facing the law: Ng flanked by two police officers after arriving at the magistrate’s court in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.

Facing the law: Ng flanked by two police officers after arriving at the magistrate’s court in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Part-time model Ng Pei Ven, who allegedly drove against traffic on the North-South Expressway (NSE) two weeks ago, claimed trial in a magistrate’s court here to driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of a person.

Ng had on March 17 also pleaded not guilty to another charge of taking amphetamine.

In court yesterday, Ng, 19, loudly said in Mandarin “wo bu ren cui” (I don’t plead guilty) when asked to make a plea after the charge was read out and explained to her by a court interpreter.

She denied the charge under Section 44(1)(a) of the Road Transport Act 1987 of driving under the influence of drugs and causing the death of Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26, at about 7.50am at the 134th kilometre of the NSE on March 14.

If convicted, she faces three to 10 years in jail, a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000, and a five-year suspension of her driving licence. Continue reading

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