Saya bukan peguam, pendidikan tak tinggi. Tapi saya pandai baca blog dan surat khabar.
Presepsi saya, demokrasi sudah mati di Malaysia. Bagaimana Mahkamah persekutuan boleh memutuskan yang Speaker DUN Perak, tidak mempunyai kuasa menghalang MB baru masuk bersidang. Ini kerana Perlembagaan negeri Perak telah wujud lebih lama dari perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Hairan-hairan, sepatutnya kes tersebut di dengar di mahkamah Perak sahaja dan bukan di Mahkamah persekutuan. Lagipun Persidangan bawah pokok, belum dicabar kesahihannya. Maksudnya ‘valid’ lah!
Begitu juga keputusan di Parlimen Pensiangan.Hakim Mahkamah yang memutuskan kes tersebut, tidak mendengar kes dari awal sampai akhir. Pelik juga di Malaysia ni? Seingat saya,keputusan speaker hanya boleh diputuskan oleh Dewan negeri/rakyat sahaja? dan bukan mahkamah.
The Federal Court decision that Perak speaker V Sivakumar did not have the right to suspend BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir and his six cabinet members is a perverse judgment.
It is perverse because it is a decision that was made in blatant defiance of Article 72 (1) of the Federal Constitution which says, “The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court”.
The judges of the Federal Court have failed the people and the government of this country when they chose to ignore the law of the Constitution of Malaysia. In other words, the judges have refused to do justice according to law.
Incidentally, ultra vires does not mean “outside the law”. It means “outside one’s jurisdiction, beyond the scope of one’s power or authority”.
And we may ask, who is the Federal Court to say what is beyond the jurisdiction of the speaker when the supreme law of the country says that “the validity of any proceedngs in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court”.
Don’t these judges realise that they have actually done a disservice to the government of the day? Perhaps they have never heard of the Taff Vale case.
In 1900, the English House of Lords, which is the highest court in the land just as our Federal Court is the highest court in this country, handed down an outrageous decision which was unpopular to the common people of England.
Voters threw out gov’t after judges erred
The judges of the House of Lords by their judgment had unwittingly done a great disservice to the Conservative government of the day because in the general election of 1906, it was toppled by a landslide.