MACC must conduct probes discreetly, say former AG, lawyer

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: A former attorney-general and an ex-Malaysian Bar president said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must conduct their investigations discreetly to avoid the naming and shaming of suspects and witnesses.

However, both acknowledged the anti-graft agency has wide investigation powers that include the power to arrest and seize documents.

Arrest and seizure of items for investigation must be done discreetly, says former AG Abu Talib- Pic from FMT News

Ex-AG Abu Talib Othman said the MACC should act based on reliable information and reports made to them.

“However, any arrest and seizure of items for investigation must be done discreetly,” he told FMT.

Abu Talib, who was AG between 1980 and 1993, said it took time before suspects were prosecuted as the decision was up to the public prosecutor.

“The job of the MACC is to investigate and collect evidence and it is for the public prosecutor or his deputy to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to frame charges,” he said. Read more

Ex-Bar presidents: Trivial, needless to snub Malaysia’s two top judges

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

Ragunath Kesavan said it was unnecessary to insist on a social boycott of the Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president.Pic by The Malay Mail Online.

The Malaysian Bar’s resolution to socially ostracise two top judges is relatively insignificant and unnecessary compared to its other moves to protest the duo’s allegedly unconstitutional appointments, said two former presidents.

Ragunath Kesavan, the Malaysian Bar president from 2009 to 2011, said such a social “boycott” would also affect other judges other than the actual targets, the Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president.

“My personal view is that it is unnecessary to insist on any form of a social boycott as although the boycott is only in relation to the CJ and PCA, any judge attending any function outside the judiciary would require the permission of the CJ.

“There are larger number of lawyers and judges now and the dissenting views within the judiciary is also welcomed and appreciated. It makes it very difficult for any judge to attend any function organised by the Bar,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday. Read more

Hudud tidak mungkin dilaksana di Malaysia waktu terdekat

Sumber: FMT News

Ragunath Kesavan. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Ragunath Kesavan – Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

Hudud jika diperkenalkan ia akan berada di bawah bidang kuasa kerajaan persekutuan dan dengan itu akan menceroboh bidang kuasa Raja-raja Melayu sebagai ketua hal ehwal Islam.

KUALA LUMPUR: Di sebalik polemik mengenai rang undang-undang persendirian yang hendak dibawa oleh pemimpin PAS, seorang bekas presiden Majlis Peguam Malaysia percaya undang-undang hudud tidak akan diperkenalkan di Malaysia dalam masa terdekat.

Ragunath Kesavan yang mengepalai majlis itu dari 2009 hingga 2011 berkata, undang-undang hudud jika diperkenalkan ia akan berada di bawah bidang kuasa kerajaan persekutuan dan dengan itu akan menceroboh bidang kuasa Raja-raja Melayu sebagai ketua hal ehwal Islam di negeri masing-masing.

Malah menurut beliau, undang-undang yang mengawal selia kesalahan tertentu di bawah Kanun Keseksaan atau Kanun Tatacara Jenayah tidak boleh dikuatkuasakan oleh kerajaan negeri.

“Jadi, anda boleh mempunyai hudud di Kelantan, tetapi anda tidak boleh mengenakan hukuman kerana mencuri atau rompakan, sebagai contoh.”

Beliau berkata demikian pada forum “Malaysia: Sekular atau Beragama? Apakah Masa Depan Kita? yang diadakan di Gereja Methodist Wesley di sini, semalam. Read more