Friday, June 27, 2014

Lawyer: What if it is your child, Najib?

12:29PM Jun 27, 2014 ( Malaysiakini)

Lawyer: What if it is your child, Najib?

Amid the raging debate over the contradictory judgments in interfaith custody disputes, M Kulasegaran has asked the government to view the issue from a human angle as well.

"Be fair to the mother," said the DAP MP and lawyer, who is representing M Indira Ghandi in the legal tussle with her Muslim convert ex-husband over the couple’s youngest child.

"Would the IGP, AG and the PM act differently if it was their child?" he asked.

In a statement today, Kulasegaran (left) once again took Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to task over his stand regarding this matter.

Furthermore, he asked: "Do we have a home minister?"

The lawyer questioned why there were nom directions or statements from Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on the conduct of the police chief.

"Why has the prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) kept silent too?" he added.

Kulasegaran said the police chief's "inconsistent and incorrect" conduct make it untenable for Khalid to hold the position.

"The IGP's refusal to act on the court order served on him is something no average citizen can accept of a person holding the position as the head of the police in this country," he added.

Although late, Kulasegaran said Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail is finally getting involved in this intricate family disputes.

"It is a welcome move but whether he has any locus standi or otherwise, we can be only know in the coming days when the court papers are served on the parties.

"The present interfaith custody battles are nothing extraordinary. They are private matters between private individuals. If the IGP carries out his duties professionally, the issue would have been solved. Why should the state intervene?" he added.

Lack of political will

Kulasegaran also pointed out that Malaysia could be the only country in the world which is undergoing this supposedly difficult interfaith custody issue.

"Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population, does not have this interfaith matters. Why?" he asked.

He said the government had formed a "toothless" high-level cabinet committee to address this interfaith issue way back in 2009.

"Other than giving lame duck unenforceable guidelines, nothing has happened? It boils down to the lack of political will on the part of the government," he added.

As for Indira, the lawyer said court remedies would take years.

"Indira's battle started in 2009. Is it reasonable to now await for the AG's further action on this matter which may drag on?

"Indira's child was only 11-months-old when her ex-husband ran away with the child. Indira was still breast feeding the child," he added.

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