PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad emphasized on the importance of the sovereignty of the law and it must be observed and respected by everyone, regardless of their positions.
Speaking in an assembly with the employees of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Perdana, Dr Mahathir repetitively reminded the people that only the law can ensure peace in the country.
He said, although the rulers are given the power, it did not mean that the power can be abused but it must be enforced in accordance to the law of the country.
According to the Prime Minister, democracy must follow the rule of law and the failure to prioritise on the laws will cause chaos in the country.
He said, the power of the rulers did not mean that the rulers can do anything as we wish, this include the judges and the kings, all are bound by the laws which were made to ensure that the rights of the people are being upheld.
“I believe that the Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and the kings will obey the national law. Without these laws, they have no power to do anything,” he said.
Elaborating further on the laws, Dr Mahathir said that if there were laws which oppressed the people or caused inequality, those laws can be amended.
In addition, he also said that the Pakatan Harapan government has taken a step forward by establishing the Parliamentary Committee in the appointment of judges.
He said, before this, the appointment of judges were not filtered by the Parliament. Thus, the new regulation was established so that the appointment of judges would be handed over to the institution.
“They (the people’s representatives and the people) would then determine if the candidate is good or not.
“Previously, there were no checks being conducted. Now, We’ve introduced the Parliamentary Committee which will screen these candidates before presenting to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he said.
According to Dr Mahathir, the Pakatan Harapan government is trying to revive the administration of the country, where if there are quarters which do not observe the laws, the process cannot be implemented effectively.
He also repeated that it is important for the government to respect the rights of the people and the people can make an objection if their rights are oppressed by leaders who think that they can do anything they wish.
He said, a law which is found to be oppressing can be amended or abolished, but as long as the law is still there, everyone need to obey it and nobody can go above the law. -MalaysiaGazette