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Urged to Focus

Nazri should focus on message not lawyers, says Malaysian Bar


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

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