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Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 12:45:00 PM
Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 2:54:22 PM
by kiatisak chua
Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh
GEORGE TOWN: Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh has called for all race-based parties, including PAS, to be deregistered.
He said the time had come for all such political parties, as well as professional bodies formed according to racial and religious lines, to be deregistered.
"This applies to all political parties, including PAS, unfortunately," said Karpal in a press conference Tuesday.
He was responding to Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) president Datuk Zainol Rijal Abu Bakar's warning Monday to the Malaysia Bar Council that if it backed Catholic weekly The Herald's appeal against the Court of Appeal ban from using the word Allah, the association will not hesitate to take further action.
"What did they mean when they said they will take further action?"
"The president of the Bar Council Christopher Leong should lodge a police report for criminal intimidation," said Karpal.
On Monday, Leong said the Malaysian Bar was disappointed to read about MLA's threat in media reports.
"It is strange for an association of lawyers to fear arguments taken in a court of law and to impel them to issue threats. It leaves one to wonder what it is that they are afraid of," he said in a statement.
"Let us be plain and clear. The Malaysian Bar does not back any party. Access to justice is for all who seek it.
"Any party has the constitutional right to bring their grievances to the courts and to pursue their appeals.
"The positions that we take are, and will always be, prescribed by the rule of law and premised on the Federal Constitution," he said.
Leong added that the Malaysian Bar would not be deterred in upholding the cause of justice by any threat or intimidation.
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