Lawyers: Parliamentary immunity extends to OSA offences

Source: FMT News

Police have no grounds to act against Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah for what they said in Parliament. Pic taken from FMT News.

Police have no grounds to act against Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah for what they said in Parliament. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Parliamentary privilege that protects lawmakers from criminal and civil liability for what they say inside the Dewan Rakyat extends to offences under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), said legal experts.

Hence, police may have no grounds to act against former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, former rural and regional development minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, and former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

The three are currently under investigation for allegedly breaking their oath of secrecy and breaching provisions under the OSA, for speaking on issues which they learnt of while in their respective ministerial posts.

“MPs and state assemblymembers are protected under what is known as parliamentary privileges,” civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan told FMT, in reference to Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution.

“Here, they can raise issues in Parliament and the state legislative assembly without the risk of legal action. Read more

Role of activists applauded by our courts — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A LOT of the work by social activists is often not appreciated. They perform a thankless task of highlighting the social ills of society.

Sometimes at a great expense such as when big businesses come down hard and sue them for millions in defamation when they articulate society’s woes.

A fresh and welcome breeze blew in from the Court of Appeal last week. In what I consider to be a historic judgment, the court said that “we must not lose sight of the fact that the existence of activists groups is very much part of today’s society, so much so that it is undeniable that they have contributed much to the general well-being of the society at large”.

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Report: Husni summoned for police questioning over Parliament speech

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno. — Bernama pic

Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah is scheduled to have his statement recorded by the police this afternoon, believed to be over his speech in Parliament on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The Star Online reported an unnamed aide as saying that the ex-minister would be going to Bukit Aman at 2.30pm today, after the police announced that Husni, and former ministers Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal would be investigated under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 over their speeches in the Dewan Rakyat last week for allegedly breaching their ministerial oaths.

Ahmad Husni resigned from Cabinet last June and quit all his party posts in Umno.

Civil liberties lawyer Syahredzan Johan described the police action as “preposterous”, pointing out that Husni, Muhyiddin and Shafie are protected by parliamentary privilege under Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution. Read more

Khairy and Red Shirts Jamal want Bersih 5 rally to be called off

Source: The star

SABAK BERNAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin want the planned Bersih 5 rally at Dataran Merdeka on Nov 19 to be called off.

Jamal warned that his members would “retaliate” against Bersih if they were kurang ajar (rude) while Khairy wanted the roads leading to the venue to be closed off.

Jamal said the Red Shirts would gather on that day or wherever the Bersih members did.

Kami berikrar dan menentang mereka habis-habisan. Kami tidak akan teragak-agak untuk melakukan apa saja, walaupun sanggup bermandikan darah. (We swear to fight them to the end. We are prepared to do anything, even shedding blood),” he was quoted as saying during a press conference at the Sungai Besar Umno hall here yesterday. Read more