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Blatant racial profiling November 27, 2007

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“Some 20,000 penyangak (crooks) who participated in the rally would not jeopardise our viewpoint of the entire community,” he (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Nazri Abdul Aziz) told a press conference at the Parliament lobby today. (Malaysiakini, 27 November 2007)

:-O

Now “Indians = Crooks”???!!! WTF.

Someone, anyone, please stop them from opening their mouths.

Royal quip October 29, 2007

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 The Prime Minister was a no-show this morning at the opening of the much anticipated Malaysian Law Conference.

It was either bad time-management by his office, a public snub, or perhaps he didn’t fancy facing hundreds of lawyers on a Monday morning. He is said to be hosting the Conference dinner tonight.

And even if he did turn up, he would be upstaged by my home state and Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah, who was once the Lord President, who quipped (apparently by accident, according to Malaysiakini) during his speech, “there are good lawyers and bad judges”

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Nazrism October 29, 2007

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My newspaper delivery guy did an extraordinary thing – he delivered the New Sunday Times early yesterday at 8.00 am (usually he takes his time on Sundays and drops it off around noon), knowing full well I would be keen to read the headline story.

So Sunday morning was well spent, laughing in bed and playing a game of “spot the logical fallacies“.

I certainly didn’t have the patience, but Malik Imtiaz did and wrote a blow-by-blow rebuttal of the NST interview with the de facto Ministry of Law, Nazri Aziz (See here and here).

And Nik Nazmi, a King’s College law graduate was similarly tickled, and defined this endemic phenomenon, “Nazrism“, as:-

“An idiotic response to a political issue, as a result of lack of proper thinking on the matter and the need to justify the government’s actions.”

Hehehehe….

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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