Momentous issues at stake in court – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

A legislature deriving its powers from a Constitution cannot devour the source of its powers.

THE Court of Appeal’s remarkable decision in the case of Muhammad Juzaili Mohd Khamis v Negri Sembilan is soon coming up for appeal to the Federal Court.

This was the famous Gender Identity Disorder (GID) or cross-dressers’ case in which Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment 1992 was held to be unconstitutional. The section provides that “any male person who in any public place wears a woman’s attire or poses as a woman shall be guilty of an offence”.

The three persons at the centre of the legal storm are young Muslims who are biologically males but who, according to expert witnesses, have an intrinsic, persistent, ineradicable identification with the female gender. Read more

For clean elections and governance – Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

BY AZMI SHAROM

Azmi Sharom - file pic

Azmi Sharom – file pic

TO go, or not to go – that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler to post very angry tweets, or to bear the discomfort of mosquitoes and heat.

I am of course speaking about Bersih 4 (with apologies to Billy Shakespeare).

The planned rally on Aug 29-30 is the fourth instalment of the Bersih rallies.

And they are pretty much calling for the same kind of things.

This time round their demands are clean elections, clean governance, saving the economy and the right to dissent. Read more