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aurora97
20-01-2006, 01:45 AM
Politics and Justice definately don't mix, refer to http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/1/19/nation/13152580&sec=nation .

The AG of all people should be an independent, without control from the state or the parliament not to mention cabinet/ ministerial post. It is totally in conflict of interest for the AG to have an interest within the political Mechanism. The AG should be appointed from the rank of judges/bench or senior advocates who know the ropes, only than the AG can act without fear or prejudice of reprisal from the state. The AG should be an independent body, conducts investigations at its own initiative, he/she must be neutral and not leaning towards or in favour of the government or opposition. His main objective carrying out justice. The AG is answerable to no one except to the public at large. This is somewhat along the lines of ICAC (HK's priemier anti-corruption agency), an independent body.

This is a time tested principle, if you observe the AG in UK. It's position is independent, powerful and untouched by the government.

shali
20-01-2006, 12:23 PM
Lest we forget.

The Attorney Generals from USA and United Kingdom are both political appointees. In UK (our political and colonial masters), the AG is a senior member of the British Cabinet.

Malaysia's last political AG was Tan Seri Hamzah Abu Samah. We were there before, nothing new.

tempuadua
20-01-2006, 09:37 PM
Politics and Justice definately don't mix, refer to http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/1/19/nation/13152580&sec=nation .

This is a time tested principle, if you observe the AG in UK. It's position is independent, powerful and untouched by the government.
This is absolutely not true. The AG in UK is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and one of his main duty is as the legal adviser of the government. Even in the world's greatest democratic country, the great United States of America, the attorney General is appointed by the President. Remember John Ascroft? And does anybody remember what was his role in the drafting of the Patriots Acts?

isarahim
20-01-2006, 09:39 PM
Even in the world's greatest democratic country, the great United States of America
The greatest democratic country in the world is India, not the US.

joker2107
21-01-2006, 01:06 AM
fair enuf d ag in some major democracy power-house r political appointees. we all know thats bad. n we all know that msia boleh. n msians can condemn good n well that which is not right outside of our land. n msia boleh digress from world opinions n practices - last proved by our jawi snoopers. y cant we use d same kinda spirit of bolehness in churning our an ag seemingly independent of political affiliation, not forgetting d age old advice to refrain from biting d hand that rocks d cradle.