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Lawyers probed for sedition: Police intimidation must stop, says Suaram

Charles (centre) Hector and Francis Pereira

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Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the Royal Malaysian Police’s investigation and questioning of the members of the Malaysian Bar Council under the Sedition Act 1948 for fulfilling the role expected of the council in line with the statutory obligations and limitations imposed upon them under the Legal Profession Act 1976.

Once again, the Royal Malaysian Police has decided to spearhead another crackdown against dissenters on behalf of the government of Malaysia. There is no sound justification for members of the Malaysian Bar to be investigated and called for questioning for demanding the resignation of a public official. The notion that the motion passed by the Malaysian Bar Council could be construed as seditious is unfathomable and perverse.

In the absence of sound justifications, the investigation and questioning of the secretary of the Malaysian Bar, Karen Cheah Yea Lynn, and members of the Malaysian Bar – Charles Hector Fernandez, Francis Pereira and Shanmugam a/l Ramasamy – can only be interpreted as a malicious attempt to intimidate and silence dissent. The police should remember that it is not their duty to ‘protect’ any public official from criticisms.

On this note, Suaram demands that the police cease their harassment of the Bar Council and issue a public apology to the Bar for this debacle. Failure to take appropriate remedial steps for this gross mistake in judgement would only serve to invalidate the claim made by the inspector general of police’s claim that the Royal Malaysian Police is always professional.

Sevan Doraisamy is executive director of Suaram.

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Abdul Rahman
4 Apr 2016 10.17am

The last time one was caught as involved in corruption in a party to win a party election. His bribery act was named “Politik Wang”, he was not tried in public court. He escaped scot free. Useless of having a Judiciary System & separation of powers, ACA and all those ethos. The individual is just a high flier, above the law and he is still holding position. Nothing happens as they have their own displinary committee. When they bribe, they really bribe big money and they escape all authorized agencies. Now we have a scandal known as ” political donation “, also a big bribery, a big hand out, also a high flier. The public law is for poor citizens while the upper class citizens are above the law. The law is an ” ass”. It’s useless and its not serving the idealism that “no one is above the law”, all citizens are same under the law. We are NOT suppose to have a separate displinary board or committee, then what is the point we have a Judiciary, Attorney General Office, Legislators, & Executives and the… Read more »

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