Is the PM a public officer? — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MANY were stupefied when a court handed out a ruling recently that a prime minister of the country is not a public officer. Is he a private officer then? This cannot be. What is he then?

This conundrum was posed in a case brought by the former prime minister (PM) and two others against the present PM: for acts committed in relation to a state investment fund which resulted in a loss to the tune of billions of ringgit. The action sought to make the PM accountable for these losses.

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Six years on, family of slain Shah Alam schoolboy wins RM400,000 govt compensation

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Aminulrasyid-signpost_170_135_100SHAH ALAM, March 24 — The family of Aminulrasyid Amzah, the 14-year-old killed by a patrolling police officer during a midnight joyride through the suburban streets of Shah Alam six years ago, won today their protracted court battle for damages against the government.

High Court Judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim in his ruling favouring the family said the then officer Jenain Subi had gone against the Inspector-General’s Standing Orders (IGSO) when he opened fire during the incident.

“The defendant’s action was careless, excessive and it went against the IGSO,” Ahmad Zaidi said in his court here.

He then ordered Jenain and other defendants to pay RM150,000 for damages caused by pain and suffering, another RM150,000 for aggravated damages.

The judge also ordered Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who was the Selangor police chief the time, to pay RM100,000 for public misfeasance. Read more