Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Respect rule of law, Karpal urged

Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang being congratulated after his reappointment as Dewan Negara president. Second from right is Abu Zahar’s deputy, Senator Doris Sophia Brodi.

Abu Zahar reappointed president of Dewan Negara

KUALA LUMPUR: DEWAN Negara President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang said DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who has called for the senate to be abolished, should not make comments that can mislead the people.

He said Karpal, as a member of parliament and lawyer, should understand the Federal Constitution and look at what it says.

Abu Zahar, 69, who took his oath of office as Dewan Negara president for a second term yesterday, said: "I hope my friend Karpal Singh respects the Rule of Law and Federal Constitution. Don't forget we want to have a leader who is responsible and I hope Karpal shows his responsibility in showing respect for the Constitution."

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He said everyone should realise that the Constitution had been in place since the country's independence and was instrumental in ensuring peace and harmony in Malaysia.

"Don't cause the situation to deteriorate."

Asked about the appointment of five senators-to-be as ministers and deputy ministers in the cabinet, Abu Zahar said: "I am going to put things in order according to the procedure. There will be many senators to be sworn in by me. I will look into it."

Abu Zahar's brief swearing-in ceremony was held before Dewan Negara deputy president Doris Sophia Brodi at Parliament.

Abu Zahar said he would carry out his duties to the best of his abilities without bias or prejudice.
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