KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar is not being political, says its president despite passing a motion calling for Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to resign.
Steven Thiru said the motion, along with two proposals touching on the National Security Council Bill and Internet censorship, were not political concerns but rule of law.
“We are pro justice, pro law,” he said.
The motion – proposed by lawyers Charles Hector, Francis Pereira and Shanmugam Ramasamy – was passed by a majority vote during the Malaysian Bar’s 70th Annual General Assembly, which was attended by 1,100 lawyers.
The motion also called on the Solicitor General to take on the role of Public Prosecutor in the corruption investigations involving Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, 1MDB, SRC International and the RM2.6bil controversy.
Though the Bar did not have the power to remove the A-G, Thiru said passing the motion carried weight as the Bar represented the country’s legal fraternity.
He admitted that their recent judicial review against the A-G could strain the legal bodies’ relationship, but hoped that common sense would prevail.
Responding to criticism of being a “busybody”, Thiru said it was as a rule of law issue; it concerned all Malaysians.
“We (the Bar) are mandated to uphold the rule of law. Under no uncertain terms can we be considered busybodies for doing so,” he said during a press conference after the AGM.
The Bar also passed several motions on internal matters.
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