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Courts can question Speaker if Constitution violated, lawyer says

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Today was the hearing of an application by Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Datuk Roosme Hamzah to strike out Mohamed Tawfik Ismail's (pic) lawsuit over PAS’ bid to introduce harsher Shariah punishments. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — The Dewan Rakyat Speaker and parliamentary proceedings can still be questioned in court if the Speaker contravened the Federal Constitution, the High Court was told today.

Rosli Dahlan, the lead lawyer representing a former deputy prime minister’s son today, said he disputed the argument that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker was immune from court proceedings due to parliamentary privileges.

He pointed out that Malaysia’s democratic system is based on the Federal Constitution being supreme and with the Parliament still subject to the courts’ scrutiny to ensure the latter’s compliance to the Federal Constitution.

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The Malay Mail Online

 

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