Monday, May 05, 2008

Faux Pas II

Unfortunately for the people of Perak, they are still procrastinating on the issue. The Perak DAP (with some help of their Penang counterpart) apparently did what I expected them to do. I blogged this with regard to the issue.

Source: Bar Council Website
Sultan has ‘no jurisdiction on transfer’
Monday, 05 May 2008 07:40am
Zahid: Ngeh should be stripped of datukshipPemimpin UMNO kesal Karpal, Koo Ham cabar titah Sultan PerakPerak DAP Chairman shows true colour of DAP, says Ahmad Zahid©The Star
PENANG: Perak Sultan Azlan Shah has no jurisdiction over the transfer of Datuk Jamry Sury from the Perak Religious Department, Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh said.“The constitution of Perak clearly provides that the Rulers must act on executive advice. “Sultan Azlan Shah did not have any say, as the Ruler of Perak, in the decision made by the state government and, by law, the palace cannot order the state government to reinstate Jamry,” Read more here

Yes, they are still at it. And I feel sorry for them.

Transgressing from the above issue, beg your pardon, I have the opportunity to watch the live telecast of today's parliamentary session. Overall good decorum shown by all throughout the 30-odd minutes (what goes beyond that I do not know!) of the live telecast. But it was a vast improvement from what we saw on previous "show".

Shaziman & Shahrir answered questions (+ supplementary questions). Shahrir certainly lead the way in showing the other parliamentarian on how to answer parliamentary questions with finesse and decorum while Dr Tan Seng Giaw did quite well in delivering his supplementary question to Shahrir without the needs of becoming the opposition while at it.

Only one part of that session put me off. Read here. It's the same person. Again.

I wish he himself would apply the Latin maxim *"De Minimis Non Curat Lex" (used in courts by lawyers such as himself), in his daily adventure there in the Dewan Rakyat. The "De Minimis" rule should be adopted by the parliament. Make some modifications, apply the maxim there.

We, the people, are paying the parliamentarian for their time there. So don't waste time and our good money on trivial matters.

I know, I know, without fear or favour. But this? Just to show your undying affection towards the dewan speaker. Not that.

*Latin Legal Maxim: "the law does not concern itself with trifles"
The law permits the qualification implied in the ancient maxim De minimis non curat lex. Where there are irregularities of very slight consequence, it does not intend that the infliction of penalties should be inflexibly severe. If the deviation were a mere trifle, which, if continued in practice, would weigh little or nothing on the public interest, it might properly be overlooked.'

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