Anwar calls on Parliament to tackle alleged ‘abuse’ of judiciary powers

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  • Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has urged the Parliament to take a stand against alleged "abuse" of judiciary powers against Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Anwar said there is a grave concern in the trend of judgements against Opposition leaders and ethnic minority in the country.

"There are more pervasive series of judgements that are contrary to the rule of law and principles in the country," said Anwar in a press conference at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday.

He alleged that the Malaysian judiciary has become the political "stooges" to the ruling Government.

"Where is the separation of powers? Parliament must be assertive about this… if not Parliament, where do we raise this concern?

"Do we go to the courts? Do we go to the streets?" he asked.

Anwar said other Pakatan leaders, such as Karpal Singh have also suffered in the hands of the judiciary.

Despite his demand, however, Anwar did not specify how he expects Parliament to address the issue, adding that his colleagues are working on it.

Karpal was convicted of sedition and fined RM4,000 on March 11 following a previous acquittal over his remark in 2009 that the Perak Ruler’s decision to remove Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin as Mentri Besar in favour of Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir was open to legal challenge.

On Wednesday, the Federal Court dismissed an application by Anwar to expunge part of the remarks in the majority judgment delivered by the then Federal Court judge Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad on Sept 2, 2004, which implied that he had homosexual tendencies.

Anwar was acquitted and discharged on Sept 2, 2004 from a charge of sodomising his family driver Azizan Abu Bakar at Tivoli Villa in Kuala Lumpur in 1994.



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