Friday, March 05, 2010

Kit Siang: AG should be censured over Al-Islam decision

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today called on cabinet and Parliament to censure attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail if he fails to extract public apologies from two Al-Islam magazine journalists.

lim kit siang in manek uraiLim (left) was responding to Abdul Gani's refusal to press charges against two journalist who desecrated the communion wafer, deemed sacred by Catholics.

Gani had earlier explained the desecration was an "act of ignorance not malice" and no charges would be filed for the interest of justice, peace, and harmony.

In a statement, Lim called Abdul Gani's actions as indefensible and a dangerous precedent inimical to the 1Malaysia concept.

"The AG should realise that he is invoking the name of justice without serving justice or (Prime Minister) Najib's (Abdul Razak) 1Malaysia concept at all. Gani is in fact desecrating justice itself," read the statement.

"Has ignorance become a proper defence for certain categories of heinous criminal offences in Malaysia under Abdul Gani?" he added.

Reveal other cases, Gani told

lingam tape panel meeting 031007 abdul gani patailLim also called on Abdul Gani (right) to make public related cases after the AG revealed that he had acted in similar manner for cases involving other religions.

Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam expressed his regret over the AG's decision but said that he was willing to forego legal action if Al-Islam offered a public apology.

The two journalists had admitted in its May edition of Al-Islam magazine last year to attending a Catholic mass and receiving the communion before spitting it out during their investigation into possible Muslim conversion into Christianity.

Al-Islam is a monthly magazine published by Utusan Karya Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Utusan Group.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini

1 comment:

Chauncey Gardener said...

Why should the AG give an explanation on behalf of these two "journalists"?

Charges should be filed for the interest of justice, peace and harmony and not the other way around.

Any first year law student can tell the AG that ignorance of the law is no excuse.