PETALING JAYA: It is disappointing that certain quarters are using their own interpretations of the law to suit their needs, which are aimed at gaining popularity, says Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
“As Law Minister, I call on the Bar Council and legal practitioners to act according to the law, including enlightening the community on the law.
“The government is disappointed that when all government agencies are focused on efforts to fight Covid-19, there are still some parties who try to interpret the law according to their own tastes, as though seeking popularity among the rakyat, ” he said Tuesday (April 20).
Takiyuddin’s call comes in the wake of legal challenges initiated by the Malaysian Bar against the government, seeking declarations that several provisions of the Emergency Ordinance are unconstitutional and null and void.
On Friday (April 16), Bar president AG Kalidas said the issuance of these Emergency Ordinances had led to an imbalance in powers and accountability over their use.
Takiyuddin noted that the Emergency proclamation was done to safeguard the nation from the health, economic and social threats brought about by the pandemic.
As such, he said that clear steps had to be taken including immediate amendments to Emergency Ordinances.
He assured that the Emergency proclamation on Jan 11 will be in effect till Aug 1, or for a period of six months and 20 days.