Testing time for the Constitution — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

Two Bills and several recent developments are giving legal experts plenty to talk about.

IT has been an extraordinary fortnight for constitutional lawyers. A multitude of issues has surged up against the Constitution. There are two important Bills in Parliament and a number of developments that impact constitutionalism in the country.
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MP: Ensure immunity on issues raised in Parliament

Source: FMT News

Sepang MP Hanipa Maidin says lawmakers' voices may be curtailed if police start questioning MPs over issues debated in the Dewan Rakyat. Pic from FMT News.

Sepang MP Hanipa Maidin says lawmakers’ voices may be curtailed if police start questioning MPs over issues debated in the Dewan Rakyat. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah’s Hanipa Maidin reiterated today that lawmakers should have parliamentary immunity.

They should not have to fear the possibility of police questioning them when they raise matters of public interest in Parliament, he added.

The Sepang MP told the Dewan Rakyat that Article 63 (2) and 63 (3) of the Federal Constitution stated that lawmakers rights should be protected.

“But I have heard that Pagoh lawmaker (Muhyiddin Yassin) is being questioned (by police) today. Has he gone against the Sedition Act?

“I am concerned that MPs voices may be curtailed and there could be an impact on their rights. But under Article 63 (2) and 63 (3), lawmakers enjoy immunity, which should be protected.” Read more