‘Why can’t we be like Pakistan, S Korea, Singapore?’


PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has hailed the independent judicial systems in Pakistan and South Korea on the issue of the courts in these two countries taking firm action without fear or favour even against their own elected leaders.

Referring to the latest news making headlines around the world on the Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifying Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office, the DAP supremo questioned if this would ever happen in Malaysia.

“The news on CNN stated: ‘Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from office by the country’s Supreme Court.

“The court ruled Sharif has been dishonest to parliament and to the judicial system, and is no longer deemed fit for the office of prime minister. With the ruling, Sharif’s cabinet has also been dissolved’,” Lim said.

He added that the question that immediately came to mind was whether the Malaysian Parliament and judiciary can remove a prime minister from office for corruption and dishonesty to Parliament and the judiciary.

Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said this also reminded him of similar action taken against former South Korean president Park Geun Hye in March.

“South Korea provided another example of the strength of its national institutions when the South Korean Parliament passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun Hye.

“This was followed by an unanimous decision by eight judges of the South Korean Constitution Court which dismissed Park as South Korean president for corruption – putting Park in prison during her corruption trial,” Lim said.

“Could this happen in Malaysia if the Malaysian prime minister is corrupt and had abused his powers?”

He added that the country had a long way to go to demonstrate that national institutions were stronger and more powerful than an individual personality.

Meanwhile, closer to home, the DAP parliamentary leader said even Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong went to parliament to answer all questions over the feud with his siblings with regard to their late father and the island republic’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s residence at Oxley Road.

“However, in Malaysia, Parliament was prohibited from asking questions about the 1MDB scandal, with questions from over 30 MPs rejected on the most ridiculous and indefensible grounds.

“Why is there such a contrast between the two prime ministers in Malaysia and Singapore, or Malaysia’s political system from that of Pakistan and South Korea?” Lim said, adding that if Prime Minister Najib Razak had nothing to hide, he should hold an open and no-holds barred debate on the 1MDB scandal and answer all the parliamentary questions asked of him.

In the Dewan Rakyat the past week, every attempt by opposition MPs to ask questions on 1MDB, even on matters pertaining to funds in Singapore which had been previously asked and answered, were rejected by the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.



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