Because of wireless problem I decided to cajoled Tony Yew to lets go give support to the "EMERGENCY PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON IPCMC BILL at the Chinese Assembly Hall. Lim Kit Siang had expected a near empty hall because of the lack of notice, but there was only standing room by 7.30pm.
The rushed composition of panelists consisted of former Transparency International Malaysia Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, former United Nations special rapporteur Datuk Param Cumaraswamy, Head of Bar Council Human Rights, Edmund Bon.
All three spoke passionately about how the IPCMC is being hijacked by the watered-down SCC.
Tunku Aziz said it was a mockery to the Royal Commission that recommended the IPCNC; Datuk Param called it a SLAP in the face of members of the Royal Commission and Edmund Bon branded the SCC as a Special Referral Commission.
At the end of the Q&A "Datuk Seri" YB Lim Kit Siang asked a consensus and all unanimously wanted the SCC deferred to the next sitting of Parliament.
It was reported that the four panelist memebers were in Parliament the next day and it was the joint letter of Tunku Aziz and Datuk Param to Nazri that carried the day. The cabinet which normally sits on Wednesday was convened to accommodate the PM who had to go on vacation today, approved the deferment.
Tunku Aziz made a pertinent observation about the composition of the Royal Commission. He said the Commission was advised by no other than Tun Haniff, not to include any police officer into its fold. And now with the SCC, we have all the "wrong" people in control.
Imagine what would happen if parliament bulldozed the SCC thru. The IPCMC would be put to sleep and we will have the SCC who will be in the control of the IGP, the ACA chief and the sec. general of all agencies under this SCC. Corruption, abuse, inter-agency incest would be the order of the day. But let's not be too optimistic about the deferment. The way the police and these other agencies work, you can expect that respect for law and order might take a back seat. In the meantime we keep our fingers crossed that good sense will prevail. MALAYSIANS STILL CLING ON TO THAT THIN TREAD OF HOPE.
So, would I consider this reprieve a Christmas gift....NO....the real Christmas Gift would be to return the ISAed Hindraf fathers/husbands/sons to their children, spouse and parents.
THEN ONLY MAYBE GOD WILL BLESS MALAYSIA WITH LESS CALAMITIES.