Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) kini perlu mendapatkan peguam sendiri bagi mewakili badan itu dalam mana-mana petisyen pilihan raya mulai hari ini.
Menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Jabatan Peguam Negara berkata mereka tidak lagi akan mewakili badan itu seperti kelaziman yang dilakukan sebelum ini.
"Jsuteru SPR hendaklah melantik peguam pilihan mereka sendiri daripada Badan Peguam Malaysia untuk mewakili badan berkenaan dalam prosiding perundangan," kata Peguam Negara (AG) Tommy Thomas.
Katanya sebagai badan yang diberi tanggungjawab sebagai pemutus yang berkecuali semasa mengendalikan pilihan raya, SPR tidak wajar diwakili Pejabat Peguam Negara kerana ia mungkin menyebabkan percanggahan kepentingan.
Thomas berkata langkah Jabatan Peguam Negara mewakili SPR dalam petisyen pilihan raya juga boleh menimbulkan persepsi bahawa keadilan tidak dilihat dilaksanakan.
"Perlembagaan Persekutuan secara jelas memperuntukkan bahawa pengerusi SPR mestilah mendapat kepercayaan awam, begitu juga dengan SPR itu sendiri.
"Oleh sebab itu, mulai hari ini jabatan ini tidak akan mewakili mana-mana pihak dalam petisyen pilihan raya, dan SPR hendaklah (melantik) peguam pilihan mereka sendiri daripada Badan Peguam Malaysia untuk mewakili mereka dalam prosiding perundangan," katanya.
Tak sesuai jadi wakil
Thomas berkata tugas utama Jabatan Peguam Negara ialah untuk bertindak sebagai penasihat undang-undang kepada cabang eksekutif kerajaan yang diketuai perdana menteri, selain mewakili kerajaan dalam prosiding jenayah dan sivil di mahkamah.
SPR pula kata Thomas ditubuhkan semasa merdeka sebagai agensi untuk mengendalikan ilihan raya secara telus dan adil.
Katanya SPR perlu menjadi pihak berkecuali memberi khidmat kepada parti-parti politik untuk membolehkan mereka bertanding dan mendapatkan hak untuk mentadbir bagi tempoh maksimum 5 tahun.
"Disebabkan kerajaan biasanya menjadi pihak kepada petisyen pilihan raya tersebut - sama ada di kalangan ahli parlimen, ahli dewan undangan negeri atau pihak yang telah tewas - adalah tidak sesuai bagi jabatan ini untuk juga mewakili SPR," katanya.
Mengikut undang-undang sesuatu keputusan pilihan raya boleh dicabar dalam tempoh 21 hari selepas ia diwartakan. Mengikut keadaan sekarang tarikh akhir untuk mana-mana pihak merujuk SPR ke mahkamah ialah pada 18 Jun.
Setakat ini Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia sudah memfailkan tujuh petisyen iaitu membabitkan keputusan PRU ke-14 bagi kerusi Tasek Gelugor, Jempol, Tapah, Bagan Serai, Lubok Merbau, Changkat Jong dan Kahang.
Parti Warisan Sabah pula mencabar keputusan bagi kerusi Kimanis, Sipitang, Keningau, Libaran, Sungai Sibuga, Kundasang, Sook dan Kiulu.
Tidak ketinggalan, PKR untuk kerusi Pensiangan dan DAP di Ayer Hitam. - mk
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Sikap Hadi terhadap 'MO1',Dr.M
selepas PRU14 melucukan...
Hadi perlu dahan yang teguh untuk berpaut. Ahli Parlimen Sepang, Hanipa Maidin berpendapat perubahan sikap pemimpin tertinggi Pas terhadap Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan Tun Mahathir selepas PRU-14 adalah sebagai melucukan.
Menurutnya, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tidak pula kelihatan menziarahi Najib yang sedang berdepan dengan siasatan sebaliknya menemui Mahathir walaupun sebelum ini melontarkan pelbagai kecaman.
“Yang lebih lucu, sebelum dan semasa PRU-14, semua tahu apa yang presiden parti suci tak kata kat Tun. Dan betapa ‘intimnya’ hubungan beliau dengan MO1 (Malaysian Official 1) hingga pernah berpakaian sedondon.
“Dan kita tak rajin juga dengar dia mengkritik MO1 di Parlimen semasa dia sesekali tunjuk muka kat Parlimen.
“Tapi, lepas PRU, tak nampak pula presiden parti suci ziarah MO1 di mana-mana meskipun ‘teman rapat’ sedang sesak dan berduka,” ulasnya di Facebook beliau hari ini.
Melihat sikap pemimpin Pas yang digelarnya ‘parti suci’ itu, Hanipa meminjam ungkapan Inggeris, ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’ yang bermaksud, ‘anda tidak tahu kualiti sesuatu benda/perkara melainkan anda telah cuba atau berpengalaman dengannya.’
“Yang beliau (Abdul Hadi) ziarah, lepas PRU nampaknya, tanpa rasa malu dan bersalah, adalah Tun M yang beliau hentam sakan sebelum itu,” ujarnya lagi sambil secara sinis mengaitkan situasi itu sebagai kehebatan politik matang dan sejahtera. - f/bk
Najib tries to hide whole pumpkin
in plate of rice...
Let me make a confession. I don’t have a degree in journalism. Like almost all my successful peers and colleagues, we attended the “University of Hard Knocks” and came out with flying colours. But I must also say that I attended summer courses at the Centre of Investigative Journalism at London’s City University and obtained a law degree at the ripe age of 47!
Call it hunch, intuition or instinct. With our experience and knowledge, we can spot a fib almost immediately after it is uttered - that is, if we are monitoring a particular issue. The journalistic traits in many of us can sometimes run wild, but be assured that all of us are trained to think on our feet. We ask difficult and sometimes embarrassing questions to get to the bottom of an issue. That is why some of us are persona non grata at certain media conferences.
This morning, between glimpses on the television screen (Iran vs Spain) and the computer keyboard, I read, re-read and digested former premier Najib Razak’s interview he had given to Reuters.
These days, the foreign media is the darling of BN leaders who suddenly feel alienated by those they had cultivated. No more Ashraffs; no more Jalils; no more Wongs and Tans; and no more Vincents to do the bidding. Pre-election, they were untouchable and regarded themselves as “blind loyalists” who would ask: “How high, Sir?” when asked to jump.
Najib, on reading your interview, I could not help recollecting my late Tamil-speaking mother’s proverb on being told to stop being untruthful. “Don’t try to hide a whole pumpkin in your plate of rice” she would chide each time I was up to no good and came up with all kinds of unacceptable excuses.
Najib said he would have acted if he knew 1MDB funds were being misappropriated. Really? Utter bunkum! For more than four years, right-minded Malaysians were telling him about the nonsense that was going on, his involvement and events taking place under his nose.
Although he banned the local media from even mentioning the phrase “1MDB” in their publications, there was ample incriminating stuff in cyberspace. Even the international media was highlighting every deal made by 1MDB (with documents and pay-in slips) and Najib’s direct involvement. He ignored all of them. Now, he has the cheek to claim that he would have acted! Come on, we are not born yesterday.
In a way, Najib is right about ‘acting’ - he got rid of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Abu Kassim Mohamed and the attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail. Their investigations revealed too much. The heat was too much to bear. Then he went after those who spoke out on this issue - the first victim being his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.
Under his watch, The Edge and its sister publication, The Edge Financial Daily were suspended for three months and its editor, Ho Kay Tat, was detained. Why? All because they were reporting how we were being ripped off and provided the unadulterated truth with documents to substantiate them.
This was followed by someone in Najib’s team conjuring this infamous phrase which was to be used, recycled and reinforced by his cronies and hangers-on even till polling day. “Conspiracy to overthrow a democratically-elected government” was the catch cry from the strategic communications team and this was aped even by his cabinet colleagues. Unfortunately, this mantra could not save Najib since ‘nasi jadi bubur’ (the rice has turned into porridge).
Wasn’t Najib the one who directed that parts of the auditor-general’s report be classified under the Official Secrets Act? He claimed he did not know that 1MDB funds were misappropriated. If so, why the need for this draconian measure? Was it an attempt to hide the truth and his involvement in the scandal? Was there a call from his friend Low Taek Jho, who he cut off in recent times?
“I didn't benefit from 1MDB, because I believe that the 1MDB was created to do something good for the country. If I knew there was going to be misappropriation of funds, if that was my knowledge, I would have acted,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
Come on Najib, if everything was hunky dory in 1MDB and the directors had kept you in the dark, as the finance minister, the onus was on you to ask for periodic reports because taxpayers’ money was involved. Shouldn’t he have asked his officers why he was required to approve millions in payments to third parties and issue numerous letters of guarantee and undertaking? Wasn’t he aware of the sale of numerous assets, including the power companies, to salvage the situation?
Did it ever cross his mind to ask his stepson, Riza Aziz (photo), where he got the funds to start a film production company? Where did the money for the casino sojourns, the champagne and the pretty ladies come from? Where did the money come from to buy up-market property in London and New York? It is hard to believe that Najib, his advisors or his communications team had not read the report from the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
Why didn’t he come upfront and declare his non-interest and non-involvement in this whole shenanigan? He preferred elegant silence in the hope that all can be hushed up when BN is re-elected. Fortunately for the whole nation, this did not happen.
If Najib insists that he was ignorant on the DOJ report and its contents, then it is even a BIGGER lie. He gave interviews to selected editors on this issue but never at one time did he say that he had been kept in the dark. His cabinet colleagues, party leaders and the communications team were lining up in front of TV cameras to issue scores of statements claiming Najib’s innocence.
Najib will be aware that ordinary mortals like us are queried by banks and other enforcement authorities even if just RM20,000 is deposited in our accounts. How come Najib was never queried and charged under the Money Laundering Act when RM2.6 billion was clandestinely deposited in his personal account? Providing flimsy reasons and hiding behind officialdom after the transactions are of no help.
The other issues raised in the interview deserve another column but, in the meantime, let me get colloquial – stop hiding the pumpkin, cut the bull****, tell the truth and shame the devil. - R.Nadeswaran
This monkey fell down from electric pole while jumping from tree to pole. There was a veteran doctor nearby who saw and rushed there and saved it. Hats off to this doctor who knew the trick to save this monkey...