Hishamuddin should not act both as prosecutor and judge to pass judgment that Nurul Izzah had committed the offence of sedition, dictating and usurping the powers of the Police, AG’s Chambers and judiciary

I am shocked that the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has acted both as prosecutor and judge to unilaterally and arbitrarily pass judgment that the PKR MP for Lembah Pantai, Nurul Izzah Anwar has committed the offence of sedition for questioning the entrenched sensitive issue of Article 153 of the Constitution with her challenge to Perkasa to a debate on “Malaysia or Malaysaja?”

As Home Minister, with responsibility over the police, it is a gross abuse of power on his part to dictate or usurp the powers of the Police, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the judiciary by passing judgment that Nurul had committed the offence of sedition in questioning the entrenched sensitive issue of Article 153 and therefore deserves to be arrested, charged, tried and convicted for sedition.

Police reports lodged against Nurul Izzah for committing the offence of sedition by questioning Article 153 do not mean that she had done so, and it is most irresponsible and reckless on the part of Hishammuddin as Home Minister to assume that Nurul Izzah is guilty as charged in the police reports against her.

As Home Minister, Hishammuddin must be professional and rise above party politics.

If Hishammuddin has already arrived at the conclusion that Nurul Izzah had questioned Article 153 and committed the offence of sedition, how can she expect the police, the Attorney-General and the judiciary to be independent, impartial and professional in the discharge of their respective duties?

Hishamuddin’s bias, unprofessional conduct and gross abuse of powers is evident from his media comments on Nurul’s case, as for instance in the following Utusan Malaysia report today:

“Mengulas lanjut, Hishammuddin berkata, kenyataan Nurul Izzah itu membuktikan pemimpin pembangkang tidak bertanggungjawab kerana secara terbuka mempersoalkan peruntukan itu walaupun Perlembagaan dengan jelas melarang sebarang perdebatan mengenainya atau berdepan dengan dakwaan di bawah Akta Hasutan jika ingkar.

“’Nurul Izzah seorang wakil rakyat yang silap pertimbangan tetapi sebagai rakyat Malaysia yang diamanah untuk menjaga keselamatan dalam negeri, saya akan mengambil segala tindakan perlu tanpa memilih bulu bagi mengelakkan insiden seperti ini berlaku lagi,’ jelasnya.”

In her challenge to Perkasa to a public debate, Nurul made it clear that she was not challenging Article 153 which she pointed out is an entrenched sensitive issue which is even illegal to be questioned in Parliament.

This is why she specifically proposed: “To avoid being seditious, I propose that our views are qualified as an attempt to seek clarification and not to challenge or repeal (Article 153) the Constitution.”

It is most disturbing that Hishammuddin seems to be backing those who are unreasonably and unconstitutionally equating all aspects of the New Economic Policy (NEP) meant to have a time span of 20 years from 1970 – 1990 with Article 153.

If this ridiculous and unconstitutional trend is not rebutted and stopped, a day will come when the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak could be charged with committing sedition for allegedly challenging Article 153 when he unveiled New Economic Model (NEM) proposals for new affirmative action policies which are market-friendly and needs-based to consider all ethnic groups fairly and equally as long as they are in the low income 40% of households earning less than RM1,500 per month (of which 77.2% are bumiputeras).

The 1971 Constitution amendments prohibited questioning (though it allowed discussion on their implementation) of four entrenched sensitive issues by invoking the Sedition Act i.e. apart from Article 153, Part III on Citizenship, Article 152 on the National Language and Article 181 on the Sovereignty of Rulers.

Recently, there were various calls including by the Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for the removal of citizenship of Wee Meng Chee for his 3-minute video rap protesting against the racist and seditious outbursts of a headmistress in Kulai.

Ali Rustam would have run afoul of the constitutionally-entrenched sensitive issue of citizenship under the 1971 Constitution Amendments.

Would Hishammuddin unilaterally and arbitrarily pass judgment that Ali had committed the offence of sedition, to be followed up with actions by the Police, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the judiciary?

  1. #1 by frankyapp on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Hishammuddim,why picked Nurul ? I suggest you pick someone of your type and size,some one like Deo Singh in an open match.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 3:45 pm

    Ah, yes. He has put both his feet in his mouth yet again!

    Gawd. And we have him as the Home Minister. I wonder if he really knows his duties and role and whether he uses his grey cells.

    I shudder when I think that this man has the power to sign all those important papers that can affect an ordinary man’s life and future.

  3. #3 by Bunch of Suckers on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 3:55 pm

    Expected! Most of our racist UMNO/BN politicians can only distinguish between “Apple” and “Orange”. Other than that they just suck off and shut out! Bunch of suckers!!!

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 3:58 pm

    So many half past six ministers!

  5. #5 by dagen on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 4:11 pm

    Hey bro take my advice. Wipe that joker’s grin from your face and you will make less mistakes.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 4:41 pm

    I really wonder what Najib was thinking putting Hishamuddin into the job of Home Minister? Sure he can be trusted but is he any good with the job? Hishamuddin don’t do the ‘meanie’ thing well – he looked forced. He don’t have the guts to draw blood and in his job, it can mean more, much more, than just draw blood. You can sense that he is acting under pressure from pressure groups and overeacting much like the ‘keris’ thing. Its just so badly thought out. It feels blunt, trying to be mean when he don’t have it in him. It just feel cowardly, clumsy, like he don’t believe in what he is doing which is really really bad.

    Hishamuddin should just quit, migrate and leave this country until PR takes over. What do such evil that you don’t believe in?

  7. #7 by Kasim Amat on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 5:00 pm

    By questioning and challenging the rights of her own race accorded by the Constitutions, Nurul must be punished for being a traitor of Malay. She sell out Malay’s interest and all Malay will not forgive her. Dato’ Hishamuddin is right that she has already committed an offence in sedition and therefore is no need to go through the process of trial. Lim Kit Siang tried to bring up a lot of legal process which he thought Dato’s Hishamuddin was unaware of. Instead, they are all irrelevant. Nurul should be charged under ISA immediately. The Malay must not listen to Nurul and we must continue to fight for our rights in this country until a winner has emerged. We should always stay united against others. Only by continuing fighting for our own race, we can ensure a harmonious and prosperous future for our next generation.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Recent poll show only 45% of Malays support UMNO. This means 55% do not.

    So lets not generalise that all Malays support Hishamuddin and Co when the majority do not.

    Najib’s 1Malaysia says anyone who needs to be helped should be helped and we should not be looking through a prism. Is Najib a traitor too?

    Let no one speak as though they are speaking on behalf of all Malays. Let us have a responsible, matured, rational discussion and debate as some has suggested.

  9. #9 by dagen on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 6:01 pm

    What sedition? What isa? Nonsense. Just stone Nurul to death kasim. Will that be good enough for umno?

    BTW have you taken cintanegara’s rambutan? Return it immediately if you have. Spare him of his sleepless nights, alright.

  10. #10 by dagen on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 6:44 pm

    Frankyapp you want to know why kerismuddin bin lembudin picked on nurul? Its obvious He must hv thought that nurul is easy meat. Hah. Serves him right there. Serves umno right.

    “Nah” umno.

  11. #11 by negarawan on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 7:13 pm

    The Muslims in this country must realize that UMNO is leading them down the path to hell. Look at how UMNO in Penang is encouraging and making their muslim members to go to the extent of creating all kinds of blatant falsehood and lies against LGE in the most holy month of Ramadan! UMNO is truly a devil’s party and let’s pray that they will receive the wrath of Allah in the coming GE!

  12. #12 by feruz on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 7:22 pm

    Any support for Hishamuddin, is equal to support to “Ali Baba and the 40 thieves”. It doesn’t stop there but also include robbers, rapist, murderers, corruptors, gangsters, whole lot of hypocrites + cronies of them all and a lot, lot of thieves.

    I give you few (very few indeed) examples, which has never been answered

    1) MAS on Tajuddin Ramli- RM9billion, rakyat has to pay
    2) Submarines commission – I lost count, but extra ++ 100million, rakyat has to pay
    3) Exocet – extra 30 % rakyat has to pay
    4) Sukhoi’s MKM30 Simulator – ++ 70 mil
    5) Felda – currently at Rm 200mil and still counting
    6) FOREX by BNM – I lost count

    All this with evidence. Will you guys vote for known satans and it’s crooks or you will vote for somebody who you think is reasonably honest, but it’s just UMNO saying they are traitor, thieves, Homo and etc.

    Make your bet.

  13. #13 by johnnypok on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 7:38 pm

    Aiyah, what do you expect from a retarded and HP6 idiot who only knows how to show his power by threatening with a small crooked toy.

  14. #14 by boh-liao on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 7:43 pm

    HH is d next PM-in-waiting after his cousin
    Pedigree, U know (now AR’s son as PM, next HO’s son, next MMK’s son, next AB’s SIL)
    Dat’s Y he can act both as prosecutor n judge
    Who r we 2 disagree?

  15. #15 by dcasey on Friday, 3 September 2010 - 8:16 pm

    That’s precisely the problem with this country, the DUMNO goons are always thinking and acting like they are the law when judging others whereas they themselves are above the law in whatever they do or say. Poor Malaysia.. come GE13, it’s either all or nothing. I’m for Nurul for sure, did it the last time and doing it again the next time.

  16. #16 by gofortruth on Saturday, 4 September 2010 - 12:42 am

    Another classic exposure of typical BN mentlity – BULLDOZER. They just bulldoze their way.
    This is the reason why the nation desperately needs a change of FEDERAL government.

  17. #17 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 4 September 2010 - 6:37 am

    Hisham, what about you having a debate with the young lady? Would you do it? Well you are a trained lawyer, doesn’t that give you an advantage? let us begin with a new phase in our Malaysian political scenario, let have more debates over those controversial issues with represenation from 360 degree angle. i believe this nation must move itself from some of the irrational out bursts by low quality self-proclaimed leaders who are bent on stirring emotion rather than seeking truth!

  18. #18 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 4 September 2010 - 8:00 am

    this is umno’s cowardice. can’t even properly debate with a lady. hey joker, if you are so brave, go show China or Indons your crooked knife la. In no time, they will straightened your toy for you. coward.

  19. #19 by dagen on Saturday, 4 September 2010 - 11:13 am

    Wrong people. Wrong Wrong Wrong. Umno is the God of gods. Remember that. So umno has every right to prosecute, to judge and to punish.

    Now put this in you people’s head right immediately:
    U.I.G. = Umno is God,
    and after that all confusions will clear up and all future mistakes and misunderstandings can be avoided.

    Do commit it to memory just as Spongebob and Squidward were asked to remember the Krusty Krab’s catchword: P.O.O.P. (People Order Our Patty).

    Nah umno, I have done you a favour. But no. No. Not because I hv eaten cintanegara’s rambutan. I hv not really.

  20. #20 by undergrad2 on Sunday, 5 September 2010 - 8:22 am

    Whilst you cannot be both judge and prosecutor, it is not against the law to try.

  21. #21 by good coolie on Sunday, 5 September 2010 - 11:00 pm

    If I were the PM, I too would surround myself with dull Ministers, so that I can look brilliant by comparison.

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