Chief Justice Should Not Influence Decision


Former Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Seri Mohamad Nizar Jamaludin, hoped that Chief Justice, Tun Azmi Zaki, would not influence the decision of the 5-man Federal Court. He said this during a press conference at the Perak PAS Headquarters in Ipoh on Tuesday, January 26. The Federal Court bench had deliberated on Nizar’s suit against Dato’ Seri Zambry Kadir last year. From the standpoint of the law, Nizar felt he stood a fair chance of getting a favourable judgment. The federal court will announce its decision on February 9.

Should he be reinstated as MB Perak, Nizar would seek the Sultan’s blessing to dissolve the State Assembly and get a fresh mandate from the rakyat through a snap election. Rumours are rife about a possible Federal Court ruling in his favour and the likelihood of the Sultan agreeing on dissolving the state legislative. Nizar, however, dismissed the rumours as attempts to discredit him.

Earlier in the day senior executive councillor, Dato’ Hamidah Othman held a press conference in her office imploring Perakians not to believe the rumours as they would drive away foreign investors. Nizar castigated Hamidah for making such baseless claims.

When asked about his recent media statement regarding Pakatan Rakyat’s diminishing support from the Malay masses, he replied, “What I meant was support from the Malays in the remote areas of the state”. He was branded a DAP stooge and a traitor to the Malay race. “Such inferences by UMNO resonate well with the Malay masses who have no access to alternative media other than Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian. PAS, with the assistance of DAP and PKR, is doing its utmost to spread the gospel through ceramahs, dialogues, house-to-house canvassing and social gatherings”, he declared.

When asked whether he prefers going into the fray an underdog rather than the favourite, he replied that it was too presumptuous. “We’ve not come to that stage yet.”

Nizar refuted allegations made by TV3 and TV9 that his special assistant was among the 38 people arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over the smuggling of sand. He gave the two television networks until Wednesday, January 27, to retract the statement and make a public apology or face court actions.

On the issue of hardliners within the coalition, namely Zulkifli Noordin and Hasan Ali, he had this to say, “Zulkifli’s fate will be decided by his party’s disciplinary board. Hasan Ali is toeing party’s lines. You don’t hear much from him now”.


5 thoughts on “Chief Justice Should Not Influence Decision

  1. Perakeans are behind you, YB Nizar. You’re the legitimate MB. We await the court decision. Have faith. Cheers.

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