No need for constitutional court, says minister

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department VK Liew says the Federal Court can handle cases on the constitution. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: There is no need for a constitutional court as the Federal Court can handle issues on the constitution, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs said.

VK Liew said the seven-man bench of the Federal Court, the highest court in the country, will handle issues on the constitution if there is such a case.

“The proposed setting up of the constitutional court is to handle constitutional issues, but the existing (Federal Court) is equipped with judges who can handle constitutional issues.

“If there is a need, the judiciary can propose to us (government),” he said after visiting the Perak branch of the Legal Aid Department at the Federal Building here today.

Liew was responding to a call by Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah yesterday to set up a constitutional court to hear various rights and legislative issues related to the Federal Constitution.

Tengku Razaleigh had reportedly said the proposed court should be placed within the existing judicial system but its focus should be on solving cases involving rights and legislation related to the Federal Constitution.

Asked about a report by a news portal on Hindu mother M Indira Gandhi who had yet to see her youngest daughter, Prasana Diksa, – allegedly abducted by her ex-husband, Muhammad Riduan Abdullah – Liew said the matter had been resolved in court.

“Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun has to take the initiative because the court has already made the ruling,” he said.

In January last year, the Federal Court in a landmark decision ruled that the unilateral conversion of Indira Gandhi’s children to Islam by her ex-husband was invalid and gave her custody of all the children, while the father was granted visiting rights.