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8 theSun | FRIDAY MAY 22 2009

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Anwar’s case put off


to July 30
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court yes- year, granted leave to Anwar to appeal
Legal opinion sought
on local council elections
terday fixed July 30 to hear Datuk Seri against a High Court’s ruling that his dis-
Anwar Ibrahim’s case to challenge the missal as deputy prime minister and fi-
constitutionality of his sacking from the nance minister was lawfully executed by
cabinet in 1998 by former prime minister Mahathir. It ruled that the prime minister
Tun Mahathir Mohamad. had the power to dismiss any minister in
The case was initially fixed for hearing the cabinet and that he could at any time
yesterday before a three-member panel advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who
comprising Court of Appeal president Tan is bound to act on his advice. by Himanshu Bhatt The state’s move follows the issuance of
Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff and Federal The High Court had, on Dec 23, 1998, newsdesk@thesundaily.com a list of recommendations by a special local
Court judges Datuk Hashim Yusoff and struck out Anwar’s civil action for an government working group set up to look
Datuk Wira Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff. order that his dismissal from the cabinet GEORGE TOWN: The state government into the matter.
A Federal Court registry official said on Sept 2, 1998, was unlawful. Anwar has approached the Bar Council for its legal Chow said the state would also table a
the case was rescheduled for yesterday, also failed to reverse the High Court’s opinion on the holding of local government motion at the next assembly sitting in Au-
elections after finding that the Local Govern- gust for a resolution to be passed calling on
but postponed to July 30 as counsel Karpal decision after the Court of Appeal, on April
ment Act 1976 effectively provides for only the federal government to bring back local
Singh, representing Anwar, was not free. 25, 2007, rejected his appeal and affirmed government elections.
the appointment of representatives.
The apex court had, on June 16 last the High Court’s decision. – Bernama A letter was sent to the Bar Council yester- “Earlier this year, 40 Penang-based NGOs
day asking its opinion on how local govern- had sent a report to the state asking for local
Four ment elections can be restored. The last time government elections,” he said.

17 arrested at candlelight vigil held for


planning
such elections were held were in the mid-60s.
State executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow
told a press conference at his office yesterday
The working group’s spokesperson, Dr
Goh Ban Lee, said as an interim measure, the
state could set up an independent panel that
by Charles Ramendran the group to disperse, reminding them terror that Penang’s intention to hold elections have can process and select a list of councillors.
newsdesk@thesundaily.com that they did not have a police permit attacks been thwarted by section 10 of the act which The councillors would be shortlisted
to assemble. When the warnings fell on stipulates that state authorities appoint coun- based on terms of references provided by
KUALA LUMPUR: The third protest in as deaf ears, police moved in and detained in New cillors, including the presidents. the state which would then be responsible
many day to mark the “death of democ- members of the assembly. York “We are getting the Bar Council to provide for finalising the appointments.
racy” in the Perak state assembly saw Those detained were taken to the pg 10 its legal opinion as it has on other matters of Goh said it is important to get the coopera-
17 people including Teratai assembly- Pandan Indah police station where they national importance,” he said. tion of federal government agencies like the
man Jenice Lee being detained by police had their statements recorded. Chow said there have been dissenting Elections Commission and relevant security-
in Ampang yesterday. At press time, it was unknown when views on the matter. For example, it was related bodies for elections to be carried out.
As in the two previous protests on they would be released. suggested that the state government enact The state is expected to help organise a
Tuesday and Wednesday at the service On Tuesday, during the protest at new laws providing for the elections under series of activities to promote awareness
centres of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Kok’s centre on Jalan Kuchai Lama, article 113(4) and paragraph 4a of the 9th among the public of the importance of hav-
Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching respectively, Brickfields police arrested 11 people Schedule of the Federal Constitution. ing an elected local government.
it was Lee’s turn this time where about including Lee and Teo but released them
25 people, all wearing black, gathered to within the next eight hours.
hold a candlelight vigil at about 9pm.
KLSCAH new boss
However, Subang Jaya police spared
Police numbering about 50, including the protesters of arrest at Teo’s centre
the Light Strike Force led by Ampang Jaya in Seri Kembangan on Wednesday when
district police chief Abdul Jalil Hassan, they dispersed after being given several
were at the scene to issue warnings to minutes to have their say.
eyes Hua Zong top post
KUALA LUMPUR and Selangor Chinese Assem-
bly Hall (KLSCAH) incumbent deputy president
Tan Yew Sing, who was elected president by Press Digest
the new board of directors on Wednesday, is by Kong See Hoh
setting his sights on the Hua Zong (Federation of newsdesk@thesundaily.com
Chinese Associations of Malaysia) top post.
Tan said the request of the new board and whether Pahang Chinese Assembly Hall (PCAH)
its support for him to contest the coveted posi- president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah would take
tion had strengthened his desire to serve the another crack at the post.
Chinese community at a higher level in Hua Pheng last contested the post six years ago
Zong, the umbrella organisation for Chinese when he lost to Lim by four votes.
associations in Malaysia, Oriental Daily News He said he will make known his decision at
reported yesterday. PCAH’s 24th anniversary celebration tomorrow.
He said in keeping with tradition, he will pay At the election of the new board on Wednes-
courtesy calls on Chinese assembly/town halls day, KLSCAH picked incumbent vice-president
in other states soon to convey his desire to Ong Seng Khek as Tan’s deputy.
contest the Hua Zong post in September, and to Others who were elected included Chua
seek their support. Kim Boon, Pau Chew Sing, Cheng Su Chean, Ser
With Hua Zong president Tan Sri Lim Gait Tong Choon Ing, Tan Hong Aik and Datuk Koo Yuen Kim
out of the race after having served the maxi- as vice-presidents, Yong Yew Wei as secretary
mum two terms by September, all eyes are on and Teh Kim Teck as treasurer.

Malaysian Chinese culture asset


to close ties, says China envoy
CHINESE ambassador to Malaysia Liu Jian their culture and traditions, developing a com-
describes Malaysian Chinese and their culture plete Chinese education system and making
as valuable assets Malaysia has in maintaining important contributions to the nation’s progress,
close ties with China. unity and harmony.
They act as a bridge between the two coun- “Malaysian Chinese culture is an advantage.
tries, he said in an interview with Sin Chew Daily You can communicate with the Chinese – this
ahead of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul is your advantage,” said Liu, referring to the
Razak’s visit to China from June 2 to 5. edge Malaysia has over other Asean countries
“We hope both sides will continue to main- in establishing close cooperation with China in
tain and strengthen, and make full use of these various fields. He said the rapid growth of China
assets to make greater contributions to the and the strengthening of ties between Malaysia
Sino-Malaysian relationship,” said Liu. and China have prompted many non-Chinese
Liu praised Malaysian Chinese for keeping speaking Malaysians to learn the language.

Ministry may limit number of SPM subjects


PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry may limit ship based on the number of grade “A” obtained
the number of subjects taken by students at by students should be changed.
the SPM examination, Deputy Prime Minister For instance, he said, a student who obtained
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday. 14As would have a better chance of obtaining
This is to ensure fairness in the award of scholarship but this would not be fair to those
scholarships to SPM top-scorers, he said. who were only allowed to take nine subjects
“We should streamline the number of subjects even though they scored grade A in all of the
that each student can take ... why should they subjects.“Obviously, students in boarding
take 20 subjects when some are not even taught schools who take only nine or 10 subject
in school and only learned from tuition classes,” wouldn’t be able to compete with those who
he told reporters after meeting Puteri Umno obtained more A grades,” he said.
leaders at his office, here. Muhyiddin said issue would be discussed at a
Muhyiddin, who is the education minister, special meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk
said the current system of awarding scholar- Seri Najib Abdul Razak on Monday. – Bernama