It is diabolical for a panic-stricken UMNO to crawl like a coward to Malaysia's former Colonial Master to sort out the constitutional crisis it creates for Malaysian voters.
UMNO's Lawyer (QC) for Perak Crisis
from UK (read: our former Colonial Master)
(photo courtesy of Screenshots)
It was UMNO which made the decision to have Malaysia cut its judicial umbilical chord to its colonial master (UK) when it abolished appeals to the Privy Council in criminal and constitutional matters in 1978, and in civil matters in 1985. We had shared similarities with the British judicial system.
Now, UMNO has now decided to go back to their colonial masters AFTER severing links with the British (our TUAN Penjajah)
We now learn from press reports that the disputed BN-installed Perak MB Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six exco members, who were installed in the recent political coup d'etat, are crawling to our former colonial masters, ie Queen's Counsel, for legal help to sort out the mess.
UMNO and Zambry are likely to settle on Lord Lester (photo above) who is a seasoned politician in UK now in his 70's.
If Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir doubted the legitimacy of his appointment as the Perak Menteri Besar and needed a "second opinion", why didn't he consult the Attorney-General (AG)?
Lord Lester from UK
On June 29, 2007, Lord Lester was appointed by Prime Minister Gordon Brown as a special advisor on constitutional reform to the Secretary of State for Justice.
He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He became a life peer in 1993.
- In 1985, Lord Lester gave a second opinion for Sabah governor Adnan Roberts and Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan in the suit brought by Mustapha Harun who was seeking to be restored to the post of Chief Minister..
- In 1995, Lord Lester gave his "second opinion" in another constitutional case – Amir Kahar Mustapha v Mohd Said Keruak, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah & Others
UK has NO written Constitution whereas Malaysia and India have a written Constitution. Read here for more
The constitution of the United Kingdom is the set of laws and principles under which the United Kingdom is governed.
The UK has NO single constitutional document comparable to those of other nations, such as the United States. It is therefore often said that the country has an "unwritten" or de facto constitution.
However, the majority of the British constitution does exist in the written form of statutes, court judgments and Treaties. The constitution has other unwritten sources, including parliamentary constitutional conventions and the royal prerogatives.
The bedrock of the British constitution has traditionally been the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty, according to which the statutes passed by Parliament are the UK's supreme and final source of law. It follows that Parliament can change the constitution simply by passing new Acts of Parliament.