Law ultimately the power of words

Special Writer


S  = Sebelum

E  = Engkau

L  = Lakukan segala

A  = Aktivitimu

M = Mintalah pada

A  = Allah Tala untuk

T  = Turut bersamamu




P  = Pada Dia

A  = Ada kekuatan

G = Gairah serta sukacita yang

I  = Indah dan  luar biasa……??


The nature of relationships.

You have to first forgive those who transgressed against you, seek forgiveness from those against whom you transgressed, forgive yourself and finally seek forgiveness from God for your sins.

Otherwise, no dice.

Keep your conscience clear.

It’s the guilty conscience that kills.

No one can escape karma. Karma is neutral. To deal with karma, you must first neutralise it. To neutralise karma, you must first accept it. However, by not dignifying it, you avoid fighting it. The more you fight karma, the harder it will hit you. In Hinduism, even the Gods cannot escape karma. One God, forget the name, went into the forests and stayed there for 12 years, to serve out his karma. In the case of Anwar Ibrahim, he’s in jail.

Read the Bible, the Word of God. It’s all there.

The Word of God is all about the relationship between God and a people, God and individuals and between individuals.

This is a relationship based on love. What does love mean? It means patience, understanding and supporting one another like in a family. Sabah and Sarawak must think like a family.

The Constitution is also all about relationships i.e. between the nation-state and a people, between the nation-state and individuals (criminal action) and between individuals (civil action).

This is a relationship based on punishment and compensation. Where’s there’s a right, there must be remedy.

The Constitution sets out the governing institutions of state.

The Constitution is also about rights, obligations, responsibilities and duties.

The Constitution, although described as the Supreme Law of the Land, is not law at all but politics. It’s the ultimate political document.

Having said that, the Constitution has the force of law.

Likewise, customary laws have the force of law as ruled by the Federal Court.

What’s important about the Constitution is not just the letter but also the spirit. Conventions are as important as the Constitution. Conventions are about the working of the Constitution.

For example, the British Constitution mentions no Prime Minister and Ministers. Executive Authority lies with the Queen.

It’s by convention that the Queen appoints a Prime Minister who goes on to appoint a Council of Ministers but they are the Queen’s Ministers.

The British Constitution is unwritten i.e. it’s uncodified.

No Constitution is completely unwritten. There’s always something written somewhere. For example, in the case of the British Constitution, there’s the Magna Carta, the Act of Succession and the Act of Parliament.

No Constitution is completely written. There’s always something unwritten somewhere.

The Federal Constitution in Malaysia must be read together with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and its Annexures and other constitutional documents like Batu Sumpah in Keningau (this is similar to Magna Carta or the Grand Charter), 20 Points and 18 Points. We have to also take into account the Intention of the Founding Fathers in Borneo including on the nature of the relationship of the Borneo states with the Malayan Government, now known as the Malaysian Government and/or the Federal Government.

What’s important about the Constitution in the Constitutional Court is also the Intention of the Framers of the Constitution. We don’t have a Constitutional Court. However, the Federal Court can sit as the Constitutional Court.

What’s important about Parliament, the Supreme Law Making Body, is the Intention of the August Body in passing legislation.

In Malaysia, although Parliament is sovereign, it’s subject to the Federal Constitution. The sovereignty of Parliament is from term to term. No Parliament can bind a future Parliament or be bound by a previous Parliament.

Although Parliament is the supreme law making body, it’s the Court that interprets the law. Here, it interprets the Intention of Parliament, for example. The Court cannot make law although it’s sometimes said that it does make law through interpretation. The Court will deny making law. It claims that it merely declares the law.

Law is not merely the Constitution, the Acts of Parliament and case law. Law exists and has always existed, based on universal principles and the principles of natural justice and common sense.

Law in fact is ultimately the power of words.


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