Federal Court Was MISLED in Striking Out an Order that Does NOT Exist
MP Lim Kit Siang
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The Federal Court decided yesterday that the Perak State Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar does not have the power to suspend the usurper Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six state executive council members from attending the assembly.
Zambry is (now) seeking to convene the Perak State Assembly on May 7.
FEDERAL COURT DECISION IS NULL AND VOID
However, the Federal Court decision yesterday is defective, null and void.
- Firstly, it was NOT the Speaker who suspended Zambry and his six executive council members, but the Perak State Assembly Committee of Privileges on Feb. 18.
In striking out the purported suspension order of the Perak State Assembly Speaker, the Federal Court was striking out an order that does NOT exist - as the suspension order was that of the Committee of Privileges.
Zambry and his six exco members had sued the WRONG party .
As a result, (he ) has got a Federal Court order against the wrong party.
- Secondly, the Federal Court decision is a serious violation of the doctrine of separation of powers among the three branches of government, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, each recognizing and respecting the limits of its own powers not to trespass into the powers of the other branches of government.
Both the legislative and judicial branches of government have powers to punish contempt for disobedience to their decisions.
Is Malaysia to witness a situation where:
- the legislature (whether Parliament or State Assembly) issues contempt orders against the Judiciary,
- Judiciary itself issues contempt orders against the Legislature, because of conflict of decisions over the same subject-matter.
If this unfortunate scenario should take place, it will spawn a new crisis of confidence in the judiciary – which will be a great disservice to the cause of rebuilding national and international confidence in the competence, professionalism and integrity of national institutions particularly after the Malaysian judiciary has suffered two decades of “darkness” from which it has not fully recovered.
The undemocratic, unethical, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak must be resolved in the shortest possible time, without dragging more and more institutions into the mud, so that Malaysians can unite as one to face the world’s worst global economic crisis in a century.
DISSOLVE THE PERAK STATE ASSEMBLY
The fairest and most democratic solution to the Perak political and constitutional stalemate is to dissolve the Perak State Assembly to return the mandate to the Perakians to elect the State Government they want, instead of trying to legitimize the hijacking of the political rights of Perakians by various dubious means.
Instead of trying to convene a Perak State Assembly meeting on May 7 which will bring the Perak political and constitutional crisis to a new level of confrontation, Zambry should take full cognizance of the Barisan Nasional defeat in the Bukit Gantang by-election and agree to the immediate dissolution of Perak State Assembly for new state general election to be held.
-Lim Kit Siang
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Keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan membatalkan penggantungan terhadap Menteri Besar Barisan Nasional Perak, Dato' Zambry Abd Kadir dan enam ahli exconya daripada menghadiri sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Perak didakwa memberi implikasi 'BAHAYA ' selepas ini.
Demikian kata peguam muda, Abdullah Abdul Karim kepada Harakahdaily ketika diminta mengulas isu tersebut.
Bagi Abdullah, ia memberi implikasi kepada persoalan 'separation of power' (pengasingan kuasa) iaitu kuasa Speaker itu sendiri sudah boleh dibawa ke mnahkamah untuk dicabar.
Kes ini katanya menjadi 'precedent' dan tidak mustahil akan berulang selepas ini.
"Nampaknya dewan itu sendiri kini tidak bebas, dan kuasa speaker boleh dicabar.Ia akan menyebabkan tidak ada lagi keistimewaan kepada Speaker.Ini akan mengundang bahaya," katanya.
Teori pengasingan kuasa yang biasa diamalkan di negara Komanwel hari ini sudah tidak dipakai lagi dengan keputusan ini, katanya.
Maknanya selepas ini di Dewan Rakyat sekalipun, sebarang tindakan yang dibujat Speaker Dewan akan terdedah untuk dibawa ke mahkamah,katanya.
Sebelum ini, Zambry dan enam exconya itu, sebelum ini memohon kepada Mahkamah Persekutuan untuk membatalkan keputusan Speaker DUN Perak, V Sivakumar yang menggantung mereka selepas BN menubuhkan kerajaan negeri di Perak Februari lalu tanpa pembubaran Dun.