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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Anwar vs Mahathir - Malaysians are weird!

Baru-baru ini kes saman malu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim terhadap Tun Dr Mahathir telah sampai ke Mahkamah Rayuan. DSAI telah merayu ke Mahkamah Rayuan terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang membatalkan kes tersebut tanpa bicara.

Malangnya bagi DSAI, Mahkamah Rayuan telah menolak rayuan DSAI juga tanpa bicara. Ini adalah kerana peguam DSAI, Encik Karpal Singh (dan anak-anak beliau) telah memfailkan memorandum rayuan di dalam Bahasa Inggeris dan bukannya di dalam Bahasa Malaysia (Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Kebangsaan).

Untuk saudara-saudari yang tidak berapa arif tentang aturcara Mahkamah Rayuan, saya ingin terangkan di sini bahawa di dalam setiap rayuan ke Mahkamah Rayuan, pihak yang merayu perlu memfailkan memorandum rayuan di dalam masa yang ditetapkan. Di dalam memorandum itu, pihak yang merayu akan menyatakan perkara-perkara yang hendak dibangkitkan di dalam rayuan tersebut.

Mahakamh Rayuan mendapati bahawa memorandum rayuan yang di dalam Bahasa Inggeris itu tidak menepati peruntukan-peruntukan undang-undang khususnya Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Akta Bahasa Kebangsaan dan sebagainya. Undang-undang berkenaan memerlukan semua dokumen Mahkamah difailkan di dalam Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Kebangsaan).

Oleh sebab itu, memorandum yang difailkan oleh Encik Karpal Singh adalah tidak sah. Rayuan DSAI pun ditolak tanpa bicara.

Saya ingin memetik sebahagian daripada apa yang dikatakan oleh Mahkamah Rayuan di dalam keputusan bertulisnya mengenai perkara tersebut di dalam kes DSAI melawan Tun DrM. Petikan di dalam bahasa asal keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan adalah seperti berikut:

"We have seen the memorandum of appeal and it is obvious that it is not drafted in Bahasa Malaysia. The supremacy of Bahasa Malaysia or the Malay Language in our courts cannot be denied. Pursuant to Article 152 of the Federal Constitution read together with section 8 of the National Language Acts 1963/1967 (Act 32) as well as section 3 of the Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967 (Act 388), all proceedings (other than the giving of evidence by a witness) in the Federal Court, Court of Appeal, the High Court or any subordinate court shall be in the National Language. And according to Article 152(1) of the Federal Constitution, the National Language shall be the Malay Language....

And Rule 18(1) of the Rules of the Court of Appeal 1994 clearly states that it is the appellant who shall prepare a memorandum of appeal. Factually speaking, the absence of the memorandum of appeal in the National Language renders the record of appeal filed by the appellant incurably defective and, consequently, the appellants appeal herein should be dismissed with costs for the simple reason that there is no proper record of appeal before this court. It is as simple as that....

We categorically say that the mandatory provisions of Article 152 of the Federal Constitution read together with section 8 of the National Language Acts 1963/1967 (Act 32) and section 3 of the Interpretation Acts 1948 and 1967 (Act 388) must be adhered to. It requires the appellant to file the memorandum of appeal in the National Language. No other language will be entertained. And the failure of the appellant to do so amounts to a blatant breach which would compel us to conclude that no memorandum of appeal has been filed at all. The purported memorandum of appeal in the English language must accordingly be rejected outright without further ado. What is mandatory, must be strictly adhered to."

Diharapkan ini menjadi pengajaran kepada Encik Karpal Singh dan anak-anaknya. Juga kepada semua pengamal undang-undang. Semua prosiding di dalam Mahkamah Tinggi,  Mahkamah Rayuan dan Mahkamah Persekutuan hendaklah di dalam Bahasa Kebangsaan (Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Malaysia).

Sepertimana yang dikatakan oleh Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran baru-baru ini, kita akan menjadi "pelik" (di dalam bahasa Inggerisnya, "weird") jikalau kita berbahasa Inggeris di tempat kerja dan sebagainya. Itu adalah satu pencemaran budaya kita.

Ingat Encik Karpal, semua (dan saya maksudkan, SEMUA) dokumen Mahkamah perlu di dalam Bahasa Malaysia (Bahasa Melayu/Bahasa Kebangsaan). Kalau tidak, dokumen itu ataupun prosiding itu akan menjadi TIDAK SAH.

Faham?



Nota: Saya telah difahamkan bahawa peguamcara yang berkenaan bukannya Encik Karpal Singh. Sebenarnya peguamcara berkenaal ialah Tetuan S N Nair. Maaf di atas kesilapan saya.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Weird, Karpal and sons should know this, since this is the normal practice.

Azman Thaiyub Khan said...

they were looking for a reson to throw out the appeal and they found it in the form and manner.
those of us who have appeared at the appellate courts before would know that they speak in english and ask for written subs in english ...
Sadly this is going to become a precedent and the basis of many preliminary objections ...

donplaypuks® said...

And this hair-splitting judge wrote his judgement in English?

dpp
We are all of 1 race, the Human Race

Kris said...

uhhhh saya tak faham abang Art.... Kalau SEMUA dokumen Mahkamah perlu di terbitkan dalam Bahasa Kebangasaan, mengapa pula keputusan rayuan tersebut di terbitkan dalam Bahasa Ingeris. Adakah Mahkamah kita menghinakan Bahasa Kebangsaan dengan kelakuan tersebut.

Pelik... I no faham, Maksud saya, it doesn't make sense, mana ada meaning....

JB said...

I can see how justice would be travestied if the appeal is filed in English! (Saya boleh melihat bagaimana keadilan akan ditravestikan sekiranya notis rayuan difail dalam Bahasa Inggeris). ;-)

Anonymous said...

Legalities aside, what impression does this episode leave on the minds of most Malaysians ?

Uranus

Fi-sha said...

Dear Art

Oh Am Jee. Now I have to agree with you that "Justice is (indeed) an illusion".

Bentoh said...

Kalau menurut kata Timbalan Menteri pelajaran itu bahawa berbahasa dalam Inggeris adalah "pelik", orang Sarawak memang pelik betul. Kerana DUN mereka berbahasa Inggeris selain daripada perkataan seperti "Yang Berhormat", "Tuan", "Puan"...

Ini Satu Malaysia ke?

tsunami unleashed said...

Yes malaysians are weird, our politicians are going greedy, our ministers are going nuts, our prime minister is having problems but wanted to solve world's problem, deputy pm is out of his mind, our court became court mammoth, tennis court, badminton court, our judges can't even judge themselves (remember the correct ,correct, correct incident), our lawyers don't know what is day-to-day questioning, our IGP says police station has to close at 5, our AG denies this, denies that, macc....., malaysians are going bust....foregone conclusion. i might as well have happy hours..

Dear Malaysians. let us reflected on what is going on. News is widespread that ministers, politicians transfered their money elsewhere. Maybe they wanted to make malasia bankrupt and then they migrate elsewhere... think about it...

The third world are suppose to prosper to greater height.. and be a first world. Sadly, malaysia is going to a reverse, simply our leaders are idiot, goons.

tsunami unleashed said...

Second comment.

It seem that not only human became prostitudes (respect to those who earn a living being one). Malaysian's law/court seem like prostitution. First magistrate, lower court, medium court, above medium court,lower high court, medium high court, high court, highest court,very high court, then so many court, tennis court, badminton court, court mammoth, then the so appealling court.... whatever...

Anonymous said...

Art Harun,

What can anyone say, it seems pointless to take disputes involving govt etc to court, we know the result even before the case is disposed off.

The solution...GE13....just you wait!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Since the decision is not in Bahasa Malaysia, doesn't it mean that the court decision should be rejected too ?

Ah.. it is also a 'weird' decision since it is in English.

Anonymous said...

It is strange that Karpal & Sons could be so careless !!!
Is there a hidden Agenda somewhere ?

Kassim said...

Saya ingin tahu, keputusan bertulis Mahkamah Tinggi tu ditulis dalam bahasa apa?

PM said...

We have a court jester???

smoking gun said...

Can't stop giggling as I read. Tongue firmly in cheek as usual Art ;)
Yes, some of us have noticed the delicious irony of your post.
(tetapi bukan SEMUA)..

Anonymous said...

Art,
what is new in this country...
the MAN IN POWER / THE FORCES will do whatever to PROTECT "its interest".
..... BIG FULL STOP.....

The JUDGE just insulted the LANGUAGE that he CLAIM is UTMOST IMPORTANT by writing the reply back in ENGLISH.

Maybe the judge(s) are just FOLLOWING the PROTOCOL... Karpal u talk English i talk back in English ...
or the JUDGE just DONT understand the lingo nor can find a suitable TRANSLATOR
((( emmm what a lame excuse )))
(((JUSTICE IS SERVED?@#$%!&*)))

KAMSIA

Anonymous said...

Art,
I just wander what the JUSTICE minister got 2 say about this.......

Can Karpal and Co get 2nd chance to do it in BM?
Ans: tak boleh/tak nan/MUTAMAT.

Or NO CHANCE at all!
What a country/blind JUSTICE/1Justice for public/1JUSTICE for MAN IN PoWeR....
Emm.

KAMSIA

Anonymous said...

find the global rail link and you will understand why.

gosh, kangaroos are breeding like bunnies. and they still have the illusion of attracting talent and massive foreign investments.

Ordinary Superhero said...

Oh Tuhan, adakah penghakiman tersebut ditulis dalam bahasa....Perancis?

Saya tak pasti samada ingin ketawa atau menangis membaca artikel ini.

Anonymous said...

Crab teaching young ones to walk straight!

Cakap tak serupa bikin!

Aghast by supposedly learned judges.

swt said...

This hair splitting judge is a side splitting joker

Anonymous said...

just plain idiots.

Glam said...

I enjoyed reading this hilarious piece! You're good! Keep it up! I am gonna keep you in sight from now on - coz you make a lot of sense. A Happy New Year!