Kit Siang: Why Can’t We Be Like Pakistan, S Korea, Spore?

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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang hails Pakistan’s and South Korea’s courts taking firm action without fear or favour against their own elected leaders and Singapore’s prime minister’s no-holds barred debate in Parliament over his family feud.

Referring to the recent headlines on the Pakistan Supreme Court disqualifying Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office, Lim Kit Siang questioned if this would ever happen in Malaysia.

“The court ruled Sharif has been dishonest to Parliament and to the judicial system and is no longer deemed fit for the office of prime minister. With the ruling, Sharif’s cabinet has also been dissolved’,” Lim said, FMT reported.

He added that what immediately came to mind was whether our Parliament and judiciary can remove a prime minister from office for corruption and dishonesty to Parliament and the judiciary.

Lim said a similar action was taken against former South Korean president Park Geun Hye in March.

“South Korea provided another example of the strength of its national institutions when the South Korean Parliament passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun Hye.

“This was followed by a unanimous decision by eight judges of the South Korean Constitution Court which dismissed Park as South Korean president for corruption – putting Park in prison during her corruption trial,” he said.

“Could this happen in Malaysia if the Malaysian prime minister is corrupt and had abused his powers?” Lim asked.

Lim is of the opinion that Malaysia had a long way to go to demonstrate that national institutions were stronger and more powerful than an individual personality.

He also cited the instance of the Singapore prime minister answering all questions in parliament over his family feud early this month.

“However, in Malaysia, Parliament was prohibited from asking questions about the 1MDB scandal, with questions from over 30 MPs rejected on the most ridiculous and indefensible grounds.

“Why is there such a contrast between the two prime ministers in Malaysia and Singapore, or Malaysia’s political system from that of Pakistan and South Korea?” Lim said, adding that if Prime Minister Najib Razak had nothing to hide, he should hold an open and no-holds barred debate on the 1MDB scandal and answer all the parliamentary questions posed to him.

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