Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Circus Comes to Town

The circus has indeed come to town! It is true because Seri Setia assemblyperson Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad faced a fresh charge – his second time – for breaching the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012. 

But Petaling Jaya Sessions Court judge Yasmin Abdul Razak was smart enough not to become a political tool. She adjudged that the lower court was bound by the April 25, 2014 decision of the Court of Appeal, which had ruled to strike out the charge against Nik Nazmi under the PAA. 

And on Tuesday, Yasmin ordered a discharge not amounting to an acquittal. She said the prosecution should instead petition the Federal Court and not attempt to re-file the case in the Sessions Court. 

Is the AG stupid or what? Doesn’t Abdul Gani Patail know that the act of the prosecution was in contempt of the Court of Appeal’s decision and a clear contravention of Article 7(2) of the federal constitution, which says that a person who has been acquitted or convicted cannot be charged again under the same offense? 

On the same day too, i.e. May 06, 2014, DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was in court and charged with sedition.  She pleaded not guilty to the offense for her satirical Chinese New Year video "Onederful Malaysia", in which she allegedly insulted Muslims and the nation’s leaders earlier this year. 

These “legal” moves by the Najib Razak administration are foolhardy. As Nik Nazmi correctly put it: “This shows that the government is getting desperate”. 

 Expect more opposition lawmakers to be hauled up. 

On Monday, I was at Mercu UEM for the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting. Since no project speeches were lined up, we had a marathon Table Topics session. Everyone had the chance to speak extemporaneously. An interesting meeting nonetheless. I would score this meeting a 5 over 10. 










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