Aug 27, 2007

Debate on RM4.6 bil scandal - REJECTED!

As per LKS's blog

This is a great blow to public and investor confidence in the just rule of law, especially efficient upholding of law and order and the fair administration of justice, which had reached increasingly critical level because of a series of incidents including:

  • Sloppy police investigations of crimes and sloppy prosecution even resulting in many accused charged with serious crimes being acquitted without their defence being called;
  • Long delays by judges to deliver grounds of judgments – in one case involving nine years and three months and with one Federal Court judge with 33 outstanding grounds of judgments for criminal and civil cases dating back to his High Court tenure.
  • The seven-month constitutional crisis over the appointment of the new Chief Judge of Malaya which highlighted the urgent need for judicial reforms including having a Judicial Commission to recommend appointment and promotion of judges.

As reported by Malaysiakini :

Dewan Rakyat speaker Ramli Ngah Talib rejected the ‘urgent motion’ put by Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang to debate the RM4.6 billion bailout of the troubled Port Klang Free Zone as Parliament resumes today.

"The government is looking into the matter and as such there is no need to debate it in Parliament," said Ramli in disallowing the debate.

In an immediate reaction, Lim said that he was “disappointed” by the speaker’s action and considered it a setback in the campaign against corruption.

“It would appear that no Barisan Nasional MP (member of parliament) is prepared to take a principled stand demanding full parliamentary accountability of the scandal,” he said.

But Lim said he was undaunted.

“I will continue to demand full and proper accountability for the scandal in the current budget meeting of Parliament,” said the veteran opposition leader, who is DAP MP for Ipoh Timur.

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