Criticism against Bar Council for Social Contract Forum show lack of mutual tolerance, not helpful to achieving racial harmony

To the defence of Bar forum

Criticisms levelled against the Bar Council for its Social Contract Forum show a lack of mutual tolerance and is not helpful to achieving racial harmony, said the MCA Youth.

MCA Youth legal bureau chief Gan Ping Sieu said the wing was disappointed with parties who cited political sensitivity as a reason to disallow such forums or discourses.

In a statement yesterday, Gan said the wing was particularly disappointed with statements made by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar as reported in an English daily.

The minister was quoted as saying that action could be taken against the Bar Council for holding the forum last Saturday and that the police could begin investigations if a report was lodged against the council for sedition.

Discussing the process in the drafting of the (Federal) Constitution, including its historical background and reasons, must not be interpreted as questioning the special position of the Malays,” Gan said.

He emphasised a subsection of Article 153 of the Constitution – the Article that touches on the special position of the Malays – which, among others, states that nothing in the Article should deprive any person of any right.

He said forums conducted by organisations sincere in discussing the Constitution objectively and rationally without distorting the facts should be accepted by all.

“All Malaysians are knowledgeable and mature enough to discuss any matter related to the Constitution openly.

Anyone who wants to prevent or object to such forums has actually gone against the freedom of speech as enshrined in the Constitution,” he said.

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One comment on “Criticism against Bar Council for Social Contract Forum show lack of mutual tolerance, not helpful to achieving racial harmony
  1. dummiped says:

    I believe the Social Contract is enshrined within the original Constitution of 1957 and anything that is added after that does not form part of the Social Contract. How can the present Constitution portray the original social contract when according to constitutional scholar Shad Saleem Faruqi, the Constitution has been amended 42 times and an estimated 650 individual amendments have been made over the 48 years as of 2005.

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