steadyaku47 comment : This article is written by Martin Jalleh and posted in Kit Siang’s blog – a good read.
Nazri Aziz – the Minister of Lies
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz
acts tough, talks big and throws his weight around. He thinks he is very
smart and knows everything! After all, he is also the minister in
charge of parliamentary affairs and the de facto Law Minister.
Those who refuse to tolerate Nazri’s nonsense have to contend with
his temper tantrums and theatrics. Apart from his childish threats and
taunts, the Minister has become adept through the years with turning and
twisting the truth whilst calling others liars.
It was typical of him to accuse Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip of
being a liar: “She lied in the inquest and she is lying now”. Dr.
Pornthip has claimed that Putrajaya has exercised “political pressure”
which “could affect her work” in Southern Thailand thereby forcing her
to pull out from testifying in the on-going Teoh Beng Hock inquest.
It is indeed ironic that the Minister should be so quick to accuse
others of lying, for when it comes to telling lies no one has left such
an indelible mark on Malaysian politics than Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Below are some examples of him lying (intentionally or unintentionally) especially in Parliament!
In May 2004 Nazri bluffed Parliament that Suhakam’s annual report is
never meant to be debated in Parliament. The truth is that it is a
legislative requirement for Suhakam, a creation of Parliament, to submit
annual reports to Parliament so that its findings can be debated and
its recommendations deliberated on.
In April 2005, Nazri tried to fool parliament by claiming that the
“Cabinet’s plan to form a select committee on water privatization was
dropped because the King wanted water privatisation to be in place by
the end of the year”. Lim Kit Siang told Nazri not to drag the King into
the issue and that “…the Royal address is the policy pronouncement of
the government of the day”.
In the same month, Nazri came up with a tall tale that “Bibles in
Bahasa Malaysia cannot be circulated in the country as this could be
seen as an effort to spread Christianity among the Malays….The
prohibition had been in force since Independence and was in line with
the Constitution” (Star, 13 Apr. 2005). A week later the then PM
Abdullah Badawi said that there was no such ban.
In June 2006 Nazri misled parliament into believing that there “is no
basis for the allegation of corruption in the judiciary as contained in
a letter written by former High Court judge Datuk Syed Ahmad Idid (for)
the case has been investigated by the Government, the ACA and the AG”
(Star, 28 June 2006). The judge who resigned in 1996, wrote a 33-page
letter highlighting corruption, abuse of power and personal misconduct
in the judiciary.
Contrary to what Nazri had claimed, Syed Idid in a NST interview (11
June 2006) revealed that the allegations were “never really
investigated”. This was confirmed by a former Attorney-General, Abu
Talib Othman (Mingguan Malaysia, 4 June 2006) who added that “on the
other hand, the poor judge who wrote it was investigated”.
In July 2006, Nazri conveyed a false sense of security in Sabah when
he told parliament that the presence of foreigners, including those with
IMM13 documents, do not cause social, security and economic problems in
Sabah. A leader of the Sabah Progressive Party (then a member of BN)
said “it would be better for him (Nazri) to keep his mouth shut”.
In May 2007, Bernard Dompok, another Minister in the PM’s Department,
resigned as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on
Integrity because he disagreed with Nazri over the committee’s scope of
duties. Nazri tried to explain away the resignation by saying that
Dompok was influenced by Lim Kit Siang. Dompok’s reply to his colleague
was: “It’s a cheap shot!”
On 21 August 2007, after opening a seminar on the thoughts and
academic works of the late Tan Sri Ahmad Ibrahim the then Chief Justice
(CJ) Ahmad Fairuz in a press conference advocated the abolition of the
English common law system. Nazri denied on behalf of Fairuz, in
Parliament, that the latter had made such a proposal. Lim Kit Siang
released a newspaper tape transcript as proof that Nazri was lying on
behalf of Fairuz!
When the country did not have a Chief Judge for eight months Nazri
created the wrong impression that the Chief Justice can act as the Chief
Judge of Malaya. He challenged his critics: “Show me where it says,
either in the Constitution or elsewhere, that it cannot be done” (Star,
19 Aug. 2007).
The Bar Council showed him that provisions in the Constitution state
that the posts of Chief Justice and Chief Judge of Malaya are
independent of one another and therefore if read together with the
Courts of Judicature Act 1964, the CJ should appoint a Federal Court
Judge to act as the Chief Judge of Malaya!
On 25 Sept. 2007, about two thousand lawyers, defying police, marched
from the Palace of Justice to the PM’s office in Putrajaya to hand over
a memorandum calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the
brokering of the appointment of judges and to establish an independent
commission for the appointment of judges.
The “Minister for the Chief Justice” (as Nazri described himself!)
preferred to lie to himself and to the whole nation as to the state of
the judiciary: “There’s no need for such a judicial commission (in
charge of judicial appointments) as there is no crisis in our
judiciary…No crisis, no problems. I don’t see any scandal.”
Conman of Parliament
In Oct, 2007, Anwar Ibrahim who had made public the Lingam video clip
said that the source of the clip would come forward only if there was a
setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry instead of an independent
panel, as such a panel would not be able to provide protection to the
Nazri gave the assurance that the person or persons who took the
video had no reason not to cooperate. He said “a new identity or even
new look can be arranged”. Such measures were defined under “the Witness
Protection Bill tabled recently in Parliament” (Star, 8 Oct. 2007). He
later admitted there was no such bill!
In May 2008, Nazri told Parliament that the Election Commission (EC)
was to be blamed for the last-minute decision to cancel the use of
indelible ink in the March polls. This was far from the truth because
the EC chairman had unwittingly revealed that the cabinet had objected
to the use of the indelible ink and that he was ordered to take the
blame for the decision!
In Nov. 2008 Nazri told Parliament that former Lord President Salleh
Abas and other senior judges involved in the judicial crisis in 1988
were not “sacked” but were asked to “retire early”. Karpal Singh
insisted that action be taken against Nazri for allegedly lying to the
Nazri, in a press conference, claimed that he had made a mistake,
adding he had no intention of misleading the House. But he refused to
explain or apologise to Parliament. Telling the press would suffice! For
the first time, a press conference took precedence over Parliament! And
of course Nazri got off scot free again!
On 9 Nov. 2009 Nazri sparked an uproar in Parliament when he said
“judiciary fixer” V.K. Lingam had been let off the hook “because he had
broken no law”…as he might “have just acted to fix the appointment of
judges as if he was brokering the appointment of senior judges to
“I am not denying that it was Lingam in the tape. But I am also
saying that there are a lot of conmen in this world. Who knows he might
have just acted when he was calling the so-called judges to impress,” he
Nazri continued on his charade by declaring that he would persuade
the AG to engage Karpal Singh to prosecute Lingam! The AG declined and
the issue is now history! Can there be a bigger conman in Parliament
The truth that Nazri could not twist or turn is that the Royal
Commission of Inquiry had found sufficient reason for the relevant
authorities to take appropriate action against those implicated for
breaches of the Sedition Act, the Penal Code, the Official Secrets Act,
the Legal Profession Act and other laws.
In Jan. this year Nazri implicitly placed the blame of the aftermath
of the court decision on the Allah case on the Catholic Archbishop of
Kuala Lumpur, Murphy Pakiam. He said it was too late for a dialogue and
that the court is the only way to bring an end to the “Allah” debate.
He claimed that his Cabinet colleagues, including fellow Minister in
the PM’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom, have been “pushing to
bring religious leaders to the table to settle the simmering stew” and
it was “the failure of the rundingan that resulted in the matter being
brought to court”.
“It’s not the fault of the government. Let it be known that it was
Tan Sri Pakiam, not the government, who brought the matter to court,”
Nazri added (Malaysian Insider, 18 Jan. 2010). There was in reality no
“rundingan” since the Allah controversy began but only the rude and
ridiculous dictates of the then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.
In March this year, in the course of the verbal war in parliament
over APCO and the government’s decision to refer Anwar to the
Parliament’s Rights and Privileges Committee, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
(PKR-Machang) said that Nazri should also be referred to the committee
for misleading the House last year.
Nazri had used a repealed law in his speech when winding up the
debates on the 2010 Budget touching on the oil royalty issue requested
by the Kelantan state government. Saifuddin pointed out that Nazri
“being the minister in charge of laws…knew it cannot be used but he
continued doing it. This is clearly an act of misleading the House”.
Nazri replied that whatever he said in the House was never with an
intention to mislead the MPs. (Sounds familiar?) As an “anak jantan”
(one who is brave), he was willing to be investigated (The Sun, 22 Mar.
Nazri is really a coward. He knows he can hide behind the Speaker and
his deputies who will “protect” and give him all the leeway to lie and
get away with it – surely the examples above are proof enough!
On April Fool’s Day this year it was reported that Information
Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim has urged
government information officers to be more aggressive in countering
“lies” spread by the opposition against the government so that the
people will receive correct information.
Instead of taking the rakyat for a ride and getting all riled up over
lies supposedly spread by the Opposition, Rais should do a
“post-mortem” and get his own house in order, beginning with the Prime
Nazri will one day leave behind a legacy of lies!