Monday 12 February 2007

Toll Concessionaires: Samy Vellu's Doctrine of Parliamentary Supremacy

From Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin - Read here for more

From NST (11 Feb.2007):

"Consent would have to be obtained from the concessionaires of tolled roads before their agreements with the government could be made public, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said. Even if the agreements were declassified, those unhappy with the terms would not be able to change them, he said here yesterday.

The minister was commenting on calls for toll concession agreements to be removed from the ambit of Official Secrets Act (OSA)."The agreements are an understanding reached between the two parties. Approval for them to be made public has to come from the Cabinet and then we have to get the concessionaires to agree," he said.

Opposition politicians... claimed that the government had, in the agreement, guaranteed profits to the concessionaire." Read
here for more
Samy Vellu revealed that the government will need the consent from the toll-road concessionaires before the agreement can be made public.

It's the greatest shock anyone can apprehend.

..... parliament is the highest authority in any country and that parliament is always supreme and no one can, not even the past legislators can bind the future legislators.

.... NO law can bind the parliament - Parliament can make any law or change any law as they so wished. That's the doctrine of parliamentary supremacy.

What Samy is saying is that, a term in the contract betwen the parties to an agreement, government by the Act of Parliament, ie Contracts Act 1950, can be binding absolutely, even can bind the parliament, ie the legislators.

If we Malaysians are asked to accept this statement, then we are either so stupid or incapable to understand the rule or law, or that the country is now ruled under a new set of laws reflecting the feudal system or tartan system.

... NO one and NO law can bind the parliament. So long as the parliament decides on what they wanted to make as law or to unmake a law, it can be done.

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