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Friday, September 21, 2007
Call the PM's Bluff, Clamour for a Royal Commission


The PM was dumb with his "elegant silence" but now that he has opened his mouth to comment on the Lingam Tapes, to many he appears dumber. Imagine saying that he is disappointed with the release of the tapes as they have caused a lot of damage to the judiciary. Can mere tapes do that? Isn't he aware of those who have really damaged the good name of our judiciary. Has he just got back from Timbuktu or Perth or where? Just check out these sites :: aliran and MalaysianBar. Is he really not aware of the rot?

The Sun reported that the PM said when asked whether a special commission would be set up to investigate the case (Lingam Tapes), he said: "There is no need for one." Malaysiakini instead reported :: Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today rejected calls for the setting up of a royal commission of inquiry to look into the ‘Lingam video’ controversy.

Royal Commission or Special Commission, it is not really for the PM to decide. Check out Disquiet to find out who is the one who gets to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry. According to Disquiet ::
A Royal Commission, as it is popularly known, is a commission that is established under the Commissions Of Enquiry Act 1950 (Revised 1973). This Act authorizes the DYMM Yang Dipertuan Agong to, where it appears to him to be expedient so to do, issue a Commission appointing one or more Commissioners and authorizing the Commissioners to enquire into -

* the conduct of any federal officer;

* the conduct or management of any department of the public service of Malaysia;

* the conduct or management of any public institution which is not solely maintained by State funds; or

* any other matter in which an enquiry would, in the opinion of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, be for the public welfare (other than a matter involving any question relating to the Islamic religion or the Malay custom and/or inquiries for state purposes where Sabah or Sarawak are concerned.


So don't call upon the gomen or the PM to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the Lingam Tapes and the poisonpen letter. The rakyat should not be so dumb like that dumber one, lets petition and clamour for the DYMM Yang Dipertuan Agong to set up his Royal Commission of Inquiry. Keadilan is obviously going in the right direction. In his press statement when the Lingam Tapes were first revealed, Anwar had concluded by saying ::
In this regard, we make a special appeal to the conference of rulers to continue to play their constitutionally entrenched role in safeguarding the rights of the people by exercising their discretionary powers in all matters within their jurisdiction.


So lets call the PM's bluff and do the right thing.

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