Perak: Let the law take its course, says Najib

By Saturday May 23rd, 2009 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: Calling for an emergency state assembly to bring a finality to the Perak issue is an option but not the only way to show there is a majority, said the Prime Minister.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said one should respect the judicial system and let the law of the country take its course.

Barisan Nasional, he said, would respect the Federal Court’s decision on Perak should there be an appeal, adding that the judiciary should not be run down if it did not go in one’s favour.

“We hope there is a finality to this process. I understand they (Pakatan Rakyat) will very likely make an appeal to the Federal Court.

“It is their right to do that and we will accept the decision by the Federal Court, which is the highest court.

“As a government, we hope there is a finality so that we can continue serving the people.

“It (convening the state assembly) is an option open to us but it is not necessarily the only way to decide which government has a majority voice,” he said Saturday after launching the national-level Unity Week 2009 at the IOI Mall in Puchong.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal declared Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir the rightful Perak Mentri Besar.

It overturned an earlier decision by the High Court that ruled that Pakatan Rakyat’s Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was the lawful Mentri Besar.

Najib said the Court of Appeal’s decision was concurred by international legal experts such the Queen’s Counsel Lord Anthony Lester of Herne Hill and should be respected.

“We sought his legal opinion. If a Queen’s Counsel like Lord Lester is of the opinion that we are on the right track in regard to the Court of Appeal’s decision, then we should not misunderstand or have a negative perception of the judiciary.

“We should not have this attitude that if the decision sides us, then the judiciary is free.

“But if it takes a decision which is the same as the government’s wishes, then it is accused of following the government’s lead. This is not fair,” he added.

Najib also slammed PKR adviser and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for claiming that the judiciary was in tatters because the Court of Appeal ruled in favour Dr Zambry.

“He himself tried to form a government in the same way by trying to influence our 31 MPs (Member of Parliament) to jump ship. He should ask himself instead of accusing the judiciary,” he added.

On Pakatan Rakyat’s decision to carry out a hunger strike to push for a dissolution of the state assembly, Najib said it should not happen as the matter should be dealt with in accordance with the country’s legal and constitutional process.

Source : The Star

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