Monday, January 18, 2010

A Brilliant Judgment

This evening, I was at the KL Advanced Toastmasters Club meeting where I took on two roles: as a grammarian and as an evaluator for Sally Cheah. It was also a delight to have Helen give a speech at the club, and as I had expected, she did marvellously well. Sally too. As for me, I refrained from taking part in speechmaking, but I still won the Best Evaluator award.
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High Court judge Lau Bee Lan’s controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that rocked the nation over who had rights to the term cited that the Home Minister and government’s actions had been illegal, unconstitutional, irrational and had failed to satisfy that it was a threat to national security. She also wrote about the apparent conflict in the matter between the Federal Constitution and the various state enactments apart from claims by Muslim groups that the matter cannot be taken to a civil court.

The judge released the written grounds of her December 31 judgment late on Friday while the increasingly acrimonious public debate over who has the right to use the word “Allah” continues to rage on.

The Malaysian Insider obtained a copy of her 57-page judgment (Webpage http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/49845-four-reasons-for-controversial-allah-ruling, posted January 17, 2010) where the judge lays out the reasons and the laws behind her oral pronouncement. In fact, I have not read so brilliant a judgment as this. It is very heartening to know that we still have quality judges as her, producing detailed and insightful reasoning. In any case, I must urge everyone to read this said article because we will all learn something from this well-written judgment. There is no value in pontificating something like what most BN politicians are wont to do because they have this remarkable ineptitude to confront issues, without supporting their positions with cold hard facts. But Lau Bee Lan is something else: a real gem!

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Arsenal continued with its fine run when it defeated a committed Bolton 2-0. The Gunners took the lead through captain Cesc Fabregas (28) but were then forced to repel long periods of pressure from the home side before Fran Merida's 78th minute goal sealed the victory.

This win ensured Arsenal remain three points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-place Manchester United, having played a game less than the champions.

Arsenal could move a point above United on Wednesday when they play Bolton again in a league game rearranged after it was postponed due to the recent cold spell.

2 comments:

edwin UEL said...

Hmm...is it just me or are you like a certain Spanish football club that keeps gathering honours and awards along the way?? I guess it seemed right for credit was given where credit was due...all the best Mr Victor!

Glam said...

thanks, edwin