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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 […]

Sleeping Parliamentarians : The 160B Cock-Up

April 28, 2007


  I had asked for views as to whether the original contract or the translation should prevail. Thank you to those of you who responded. My task has been made easier.   A. Williams said :   ‘…the original must prevail…the translation can only be said to have integrity if it sticks 100% to what […]

Sleeping Parliamentarians

April 27, 2007


In the ‘Get to know your MP : What and How’ post, I had referred to the ‘shoddy manner with which MPs have apprehended their role as law-makers, particularly in the context of amendments to the Constitution’. I had also said that the Hansard reports in relation to 2 constitutional amendments bore testimony to the […]