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Archive for October 2007

Sudden Ultimatum

ACA slaps ultimatum on Anwar to reveal video source

PETALING JAYA (Oct 22, 2007): Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has until Thursday to provide the Anti-Corruption Agency with the complete 14-minute video recording of a telephone conversation between a senior lawyer and a “Datuk” – or face a fine of RM10,000, two years jail, or both.

Three ACA officers, led by Special Tasks Branch head and Deputy Commissioner Sazali Salbi, served Anwar with the order under Section 22(1)(b) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 during a three-hour-long session at Anwar’s office.

The former deputy premier told reporters he volunteered the original copy – in a thumbdrive – even before he was served with the notice.

“However, after verifying my statement, and some phone calls, the officers received instructions to issue an order compelling me to submit the original complete recording – including the six-minute segment that has yet to be viewed by the public on or before Thursday,” he said.

– quoted from an article published in The Sun on 22nd October 2007 (link)

First Sivarasa Rasiah and Sim, now the ACA wants to threaten Anwar too eh? Four day deadline this time, probably because they are rushing for their October 29th deadline. I doubt they would carry out their threat, they have yet to take action against Sivarasa and Sim…hmm maybe the ACA will just wait until the general elections then suddenly arrest all three men. At least that is all that happened that day, I was expecting the worse case scenario to be ACA just arresting people on the spot.

All this talk about viewing the original copy is a bit pointless really, its digital! Something for me to write about in a future post I guess.

Nothing good seems to be happening to anyone who watched the original video…hmm this sounds familiar 😉

VK Ringam Zero

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October 27, 2007 at 9:02 pm

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PPP Fading Away

Khairy: It’s a matter of party’s strength

REMBAU: “You should not run before you learn how to crawl.”

This was the message from Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to understand Barisan Nasional’s politics of strength, influence and understanding.

“It is not a question of Barisan Nasional forgetting history or not respecting PPP, but a matter of showcasing each party’s strength. PPP is still in the process of rebuilding.

“PPP should also be grateful that BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi allocated a seat to PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas in the last general election.

“That was an acknowledgement that the party was making progress. They can’t expect to go back to the 1960s and 1970s when they won a lot of state and parliamentary seats.”

He added that the allocation of seats was based on a mutual decision by the BN chairman and component party leaders.

Each party’s strength and influence among the people would have a direct effect on the allocation of seats, he said at the Rembau Umno Youth Hari Raya open house yesterday.

Khairy was commenting on PPP Youth chief T. Murugiah’s remarks that BN had forgotten its promises to the party when it joined the coalition in 1972 — to retain PPP’s four parliamentary and 12 state seats won in the 1969 general election.

“I totally disagree with any parties making demands like what PPP is doing. If there are any demands, they should have used the appropriate channels. It is easy for leaders to make demands during a general assembly as they will always get support from the grassroots. However, as mature and responsible leaders, we should not play with sentiments.”

– quoted from an article published in NST on 22nd October 2007 (link)

I personally don’t like Khairy and his message to ‘not run before learning how to crawl’ was quite a slap to the face for PPP.

But he’s right – why is PPP suddenly making a big show of their demand for 1 seat for each state, referring to a 1972 promise? Shouldn’t they have made this demand before the last election? In any case, a party with few members cannot expect to be allocated as many seats. I felt this demand was rather silly when I first read it, 1972 is just too far back.

I am reminded of a quote, forgot exactly where its from – “Commit nothing to paper”. If BN had promised these seats in writing to PPP then PPP probably would have gotten their way.

I support the existence of multi-racial parties, it is a shame that PPP is sinking further and further into obscurity. Who’s next, Gerakan? 😦

Warning Signs #1

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October 25, 2007 at 8:54 pm

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TBA:Hong Kong Magic

Video clip probe: Video clip to be sent to Hong Kong for analysis

KUALA LUMPUR: The Anti-Corruption Agency is sending the video clip of a lawyer purportedly in conversation with a top judge about judicial appointments, to experts in Hong Kong.

A reputable institution there will examine the video clip to determine its authenticity.

Sources said two ACA officers would head for the island in the next few days to hand over the video clip and other supporting documents to the organisation for analysis.

The institution was recommended to the ACA by the Independent Commission for Anti-Corruption in Hong Kong.

The analysis is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

“We will personally hand over the video clip and documents and collect them when the analysis is done to ensure the chain of evidence is not broken,” the sources said.

The ACA is rushing to get the video clip analysed because the agency is to brief the three-man independent panel on Oct 29 on whether the contents in the tape were doctored.

Sources said the ACA had earlier approached the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyse the video clip after the panel was set up on Sept 26, but the US organisation declined since it was not part of evidence involving a violent crime.

The analysis would include whether the image of the lawyer in the video clip was doctored or not, a voice comparison of the lawyer and whether the identity of the person the lawyer is talking to could be ascertained.

“The experts will attempt to enhance the voice of the person on the other end of the line with sophisticated equipment and technology,” the sources added.

(cut)…

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the independent panel would have to depend on ACA investigations if no one volunteers to provide information on the authenticity of the video clip.

“The panel does not have the power to investigate unless it gets the consent of the attorney-general.”

He said this in response to news reports that not a single person had approached the panel’s secretariat to shed light into the authenticity of the tape.

“We should not dismiss the panel. They should be given a chance to carry out their task and produce a report.”

Nazri, however, expressed hope that those with personal knowledge about the video clip would come forward as the panel was set up to “get to the bottom of the matter”.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 19th October 2007 (link)

Well this is good news, the ACA is finally showing some effort in getting technical expertise to determine whether the video is fake. Increasing the volume to see if Tun Fairuz’s voice is on the other end of the line is a good idea, but I very much doubt that the microphone of the recording device used would be sensitive enough to pick that up 😦

Of course Nazri could not resist trying to make Whistle Blower look bad again – how can he say the panel is set up to get to the bottom of the matter but does not have the power to investigate? He is so focused on trying to make people feel guilty that he does not seem to realise the daftness of his statements. Seriously how do you solve anything if you are not allowed to ask questions – don’t you need to dig to get to the bottom of a matter?

Nazri Logic #3

Written by ak57

October 20, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Fairuz Extension Status Unknown

It’s ‘king’s prerogative’

KUALA LUMPUR: The extension of the chief justice’s tenure is the prerogative of the king, lawyer and Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh said yesterday.

He said a phrase in Article 125(1) of the Federal Constitution stated that a judge shall hold office until he attained the age of 66 and a further six months “as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve” should be read together with Article 40(2).

Karpal said it was the king alone who had the discretion on whether to extend Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim’s tenure after he turns 66 on Nov 1.

“The king may consult the prime minister, but it is purely consultation and nothing else,” he said.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said on Tuesday that the king had to act on the prime minister’s advice in the extension of the term.

Ahmad Fairuz had applied to the king in July for a six-month extension, but with less than two weeks to go before retirement, he has not received a letter to allow him to remain in office.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 18th October 2007 (link)

I ignored commenting on Nazri’s statement the day before because I wasn’t sure whether he was right or not. However after reading Karpal’s comments I got myself a copy of the Constitution to check the quoted articles. I have reproduced the related points below :

Article 125 (Tenure of office and remuneration of judges of Federal Court)

(1) Subject to the provisions of Clauses (2) to (5), a judge of the Federal Court shall hold office until he attains the age of sixty-six years or such later time, not being later than six months after he attains that age, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve.

Article 40 (Yang di-Pertuan Agong to act on advice)

(1) In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet, except as otherwise provided by this Constitution; but shall be entitled, at his request, to any information concerning the government of the Fderation which is available to the Cabinet.

(1A) In the exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law, where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is to act in accordance with advice, on advice, or after considering advice, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall accept and act in accordance with such advice.

(2) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong may act in his discretion in the performance of the following functions, that is to say :
a) the appointment of a Prime Minister;
b) the withholding of consent to a request for the dissolution of Parliament;
c) the requisition of a meeting of the Conference of Rulers concerned solely with the privileges, position, honours and dignities of Their Royal Highnesses, and any action at such a meeting,

and in any other case mentioned in this Constitution.

Now I’ll admit its not 100% clear, because ‘as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve’ in Article 125(1) implies it may be covered by Article 40(2) as a case where he may act in his discretion. So I can’t really make fun of Nazri for his statements. It is worth considering though that he often misinforms the public and even makes stuff up whereas Karpal Singh is a respected lawyer.

Well come November 2nd we’ll know who sits in the Chief Justice’s office chair.

CJ’s Last Day

Written by ak57

October 20, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Bored Panel

Panel on video clip has still not heard from anyone

KUALA LUMPUR: After three weeks, not a single person has got in touch with the secretariat of the independent panel to shed light into the authenticity of a video clip allegedly detailing a conversation about judicial appointments between a judge and a lawyer.

Panel chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamad Noor said the secretariat in Putrajaya had not called him.

“I suppose no one has come forward to assist us,” he said.

(cut) …

Haidar said panel members would meet ACA officials on Oct 29.

“Hopefully, they would have completed their probe into whether the video clip was doctored,” he said, adding that the panel was not bound to accept the findings of the ACA.

He said this was the reason the panel was hoping that those who had knowledge of the video could enlighten them.

“Anyone who has witnessed the recording can come forward to give details like who recorded it and what type of equipment was used.”

Haidar said such information, coupled with the technical evidence obtained by the ACA, could assist the panel to come to a logical conclusion.

The panel has until Nov 8 to submit its findings to the government but Haidar said it could ask for an extension.

“We could ask for a second opinion on the tape if we are dissatisfied with the ACA investigation.”

– quoted from an article published in NST on 18th October 2007 (link)

Well its good to read that the ambiguous word ‘authentic’ has been thrown out. So it is clear they are checking the technical accuracy of the video. The panel did not call anyone to record statements since they are relying on the ACA. Their deadline is apparently extendable too. What have the panel members been up to since their initial meeting? All they have done so far is ask Whistle Blower or anyone who knows Whistle Blower to come forward. What kind of statement is, “I suppose no one has come forward to assist us”? When they said they weren’t calling anyone did that include the ACA and secretariat too? I’m sorry, I’m being nitpicky 😉

It looks like by next month either :

  1. The video is found technically accurate and VK Lingam is sued for defamation, maybe gets away with paying a fine
  2. The video is found to be tampered with (which is true, it is partial footage) and dismissed

In either case Fairuz gets away.

Nobody’s Home

Idle Panel

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October 19, 2007 at 6:39 pm

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Urged to Focus

Nazri should focus on message not lawyers, says Malaysian Bar

KUALA LUMPUR, SUN:

The Malaysian Bar today urged Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to focus on the issue of restoring crediblity of the judiciary rather than on lawyers and whistleblowers.

Its president Ambiga Sreenevasan said the issue was not something new as the bar had been calling for the strengthening of the judiciary but not much action or initiative was taken.

“What is important here is not whether we are behaving like an opposition party or not but the message put forward during our march,” Ambiga said.

She was responding to Nazri’s remark at a news portal which branded lawyers as “crazy” for showing their dissatisfaction over the country’s judiciary by marching from the Palace of Justice to the Prime Minister’s office on Sept 26.

“I do not wish to quarrel with the minister since I have a good working relationship with him but on this issue I disagree with him because earlier he had also stated that the Malaysian Bar was acting like an opposition party,” Ambiga said.

She said the walk for justice comprising more than 2,000 lawyers cutting across age, gender, racial line and seniority showed that they strongly considered this as a serious issue of the judiciary.

“The judiciary issue has been there for a long time and the march was just not about the video clip,” she added.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 14th October 2007 (link)

Wish I knew which news portal published that remark – its possibly Malaysiakini or Malaysia Today. Hmm while I agree that the march was not just about the video clip, looking back it does appear that way.

Of course you have to forget the fact that it takes one small thing to push oppressed people into expressing long repressed feelings – like dissatisfaction with the judiciary.

You also have to forget the fact that the bar had previously brought up this issue before, albeit without any marches.

Ignore the turnout of 2,000 people comprised of lawyers and members of the general public.

Just focus on the fact that the march was organised following the release of the video clip which implies a lot of things but doesn’t prove anything on its own.

Nazri Vision #1

Written by ak57

October 16, 2007 at 11:34 pm

What If The Video Was A Hoax

Something fun to think about :

What If #1

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October 15, 2007 at 5:01 am

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