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Cr*ck October 18, 2007

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(Source: The Star)

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On 8th October, the Bar Council wrote to the Legal Division of the PM’s Department. And on 10th October, the Council received this (right) from Director-General of the Legal Division, Dato’ Abdullah Sani b. Ab Hani, who was apparently instructed by former Justice Haidar, to ask them to lay the Council’s agenda and issues on the table first (click on thumbnail, right).

Perhaps this is a new case of the “missing …”? Like the “missing seal“?

The Bar Council has made available, the exchange of correspondence and its memorandum, here.

Sivarasa’s Press Statement at the ACA October 11, 2007

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PRESS STATEMENT

This morning Mr Sim Tze Tzin ( Personal Assistant to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim ) and I delivered our written responses to the notices issued by the ACA on 4th October 2007 under section 22 of the Anti Corruption Act 1997 ordering us, amongst others, to provide details of the identity of the persons who brought the video clip to us.

We have declined to provide any information on the identity of the source or information that might lead to disclosure of their identity ( such as the name of the restaurant where we met them ) on the basis that it might compromise their personal safety. We have also said that it is not in our power to give such information as we had given them our undertaking not to reveal it to any one without their prior permission. We do not, at this point of time, have their permission to do so. We have also said that we will be able to supply that information once they authorise its disclosure.

We also informed the ACA that it is our view that issuance of the above-said notice under section 22 of the Act is an unreasonable exercise of power and is wrong in law for the following reasons:

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Siva, Sim continue to protect source October 11, 2007

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The two men were at the ACA office (opposite Dayabumi) for almost 2 hours, with their lawyers William Leong and Amer Hamzah, and firmly showed the finger told the ACA that they would continue to protect their source.

“Until the whistleblowers authorise us to reveal their identities, we will honour our promise to protect them,” he (Sivarasa) added. (Malaysiakini)

Sivarasa said the ACA was, in fact, abusing their powers in their zeal to go after the source, and that authenticity should be a technical matter.

He raised an additional matter on the role of the ACA in the Lingam-Fairuz Videotape saga vis-a-vis the ‘Independent’ Panel and the government,

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‘Correct, correct, correct, correct, correct’ October 9, 2007

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Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – ‘Correct’ (English; BM)
Lim Kit Siang – ‘Correct
Param Curamaswamy – ‘Correct
R. Sivarasa – ‘Correct
Bar Council – ‘Correct

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The Invisible ‘Witness Protection Act’ October 8, 2007

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This news depleted one of my phones’ battery today .

We checked past ‘Order of the Day’ sheets, Hansards, Parliament Legal Division, counterchecked with LawNet etc. I’m going blind. If the office had missed this, I would be skinned alive, dyed and made into a dartboard cover.

Boh. Tak-de. E-lek.

There was an Evidence of Child Witness Bill 2007 tabled and passed by the Lower House 2 sessions ago. But no sight of a Witness Protection Bill 2007.

(see: Parliament website folder on Bills in the House 2007)

But the Star and Sun) reported Nazri saying there was an ‘Act’ whereas New Straits Times reported him as referring to the Witness Protection Bill, “tabled recently in Parliament”.

Perhaps it’s so potent that it’s only visible to whistleblowers and informants. Or maybe it’s a bill that underwent surgery that we can’t recognise this?

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Lim Kit Siang from DAP, and Dr. Wan Azizah from KeADILan, are ‘baffled’ and ‘mystified’, respectively.

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Lingam tape – Whistleblowers to be charged October 5, 2007

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This was Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007

We may be chanting in due time, “Save the whistleblower”, next to “Save the Judiciary”, if this is allowed to go on.

This was Thursday, 4 Oct 2007

Reveal the source of the ‘VK Lingam’ video or go to jail. This is the ultimatum given by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to two PKR members (Vice president and senior human rights lawyer R. Sivarasa (right) and party worker TT Sim). (lead story in Malaysiakini)

ACA goes after PKR whistleblowers (The Sun lead story, internet edition)

Today is Friday 5 October 2007.

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