Article 153 talks about the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak in educational privileges given or accorded by the Federal Government, and not, everything and anything under the sun (see Article 8). It is not a constitutional licence to drum-roll one’s racial sentiment in everything they say and do in public universities.
Therefore, while we can put the issue of quotas to rest (unless and until Article 153 is amended), the MOE has a lot of work to do, in terms of implementing values.
That made me realised that my main source of anger, as mentioned above, arise out of pure hope as a lawyer who has just been in practice for 2 years. I have hoped that every lawyer who had been admitted to the Bar is really a fit and proper person to be admitted as an officer of the Court. By fit and proper, it means at the very least, that there is always an application of mind to the file they manage; that they strive to bring their best case forward without misleading the Judge(s); that they do not do all things necessary just to win, bearing in mind their first duty is as an officer of the Court, and their duty to client comes second.
The idea of justice is never considered to be achieved just because you win your case. Justice is achieved when a losing party walks out of the Court knowing that he has had a fair hearing.
Until and unless we have an independent JAC and a Judiciary free of political patronage, we will never be able to experience the truest sense of justice.
The rights of the LGBT community cannot be construed to be “so-called rights”. Their rights are not “so-called” but are real rights founded on sound constitutional doctrine. They inhere in the right to life. They dwell in privacy and dignity. They constitute the essence of liberty and freedom.
The essential features which form part of the basic structure of our Federal Constitution include the (i) supremacy of the Federal Constitution; (ii) rule of law; (iii) judicial independence; (iv) separation of powers; and (v) protection of minorities. It is akin to the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs of a human body, the motherboard, CPU, PSU, RAM and HDD of a computer.