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When the right to be heard counts for nothing

January 6, 2018


27th September, 2016, several PJ Selatan and Bukit Gasing registered voters, myself included, converged at the office of Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Rajiv to lodge our objections to the Election Commission’s proposed redeliniation of both our parliamentary and state constituencies. Yesterday morning, about 8.35am, I received a call from one Puan Zura of the EC. She […]

What will allow the pseudo-Islam noose to tighten round your secular neck? Your silence!

February 17, 2017


I would like to first refer to two very important court decisions in the late 80’s, to lend a context to what I want to say. First, the case of Jamaluddin Othman @ Jeshua Jamaluddin. A Malay, and presumably born in a Muslim family, Jamaluddin renounced Islam, embraced Christianity as his faith, and took the name Jeshua. […]

Forums : A voter’s right to redelineation

September 30, 2016


Excellent speakers who know what they are talking about. Find out all you need to know. Have your say!!!

Umar freed, yes but who, now, will preserve, protect and defend our constitutional rights?

December 24, 2012


Whoever voluntarily obstructs any public servant in the discharge of his public functions, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand ringgit, or with both – Section 186, Penal Code ( Revised 1997 ). This was the charge under which […]

No to the Rashid bill

December 1, 2007


Update on 7/12/2007 : Ampang has been written to. Update on 5/12/2007 : Ulu Langat & Tambun have been written to. Update on 4/12/2007 : Rasah, Pasir Gudang, Santubong & Gombak have been written to. Update on 3/12/2007 : Ipoh Timor, Subang, Bukit Bendera & Kelana Jaya have been written to. Update on 2/12/2007 : […]

People, we got rid of Fairuz. Now get rid of Rashid

November 29, 2007


Pak Lah and his merry men want to make sure Rashid runs one more election for them. Yes, the next election that we are expecting any time soon. Rashid is due to retire on 31st December, 2007. The move to extend Rashid’s term for another year could mean either that the elections will only be held […]

Breach of the Parliamentary oath of office : Article 121(1)

May 23, 2007


Please be clear that I am referring to Article 121(1) and not Article 121(1A). After the decision of the High Court in Moorthy’s (the Everest hero) case in December, 2005, there was an outcry by non-Muslims to amend Article 121(1A). Quite naturally, Muslims reacted to this, demanding that Article 121 (1A) not be interfered with.   […]

Sleeping Parliamentarians & 160B : Why?

May 3, 2007


In a comment posted, johnleemk observed : ‘I find it shocking that none of the Opposition MPs criticised this, let alone voted against it. The travesty of justice is very apparent’. Whilst I completely agree with those observations, including that regarding Rais, I think it is absolutely important that we fully appreciate the modus adopted […]

Sleeping Parliamentarians and 160B : 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings

May 1, 2007


The Bill that would finally become the Constitution (Amendment) (No.2) Act, 2001 was tabled before the Dewan Rakyat for its first reading on 30th July, 2001. It was tabled again before the Dewan on 31st July, 2001 for its second reading. This continued the following day, after which it was voted upon. 172 in favour, […]

160B Cock-Up : Mountain or Mole-hill?

April 28, 2007


  Let me answer this by alluding to a few court cases which turned on a consideration of Article 12(4).   In the ORIGINAL 1957 Federal Constitution in the English language that our forefathers left for us, Article 12(4) provides as follows:  “For the purposes of clause (3), the religion of a person under the age […]