The Malaysian government should reject a proposal made during parliamentary debates that the attorney general head the independent Bar Council, Human Rights Watch has said.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the Royal Malaysian Police’s investigation and questioning of the members of the Malaysian Bar Council under the Sedition Act 1948 for fulfilling the role expected of the council in line with the statutory obligations and limitations imposed upon them under the Legal Profession Act 1976.
The Federal Court’s ruling on 25 February 2010 that it had no jurisdiction to review its own decision is utter nonsense. The three judges who came to this conclusion on Rule 137 of the Federal Court Rule – Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Heliliah Mohd Yusof – were referred to by the former Court of Appeal judge, N H Chan, as “incompetent judges – perhaps they were clowns as their statements were laughable.”
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s comments when taking the Bar Council to task for their clarification with regard to Rohaizat Othman’s disbarment are totally unfair and uncalled for. The DPM is obviously ignorant of the circumstances leading to Rohaizat’s disbarment and does not understand the process involved in any action taken by the Disciplinary Board.