Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Clarification regarding UMNO Candidate for Permatang Pasir By-election, Rohaizat Othman

In response to inquiries from the media, we wish to clarify Rohaizat Othman’s status as an advocate and solicitor.

The Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board struck Rohaizat Othman off the Roll of Advocates and Solicitors on 7 March 2008 after he was found guilty of misconduct. The Disciplinary Board’s decision arose from an investigation into the complaint lodged against Rohaizat Othman by the purchaser of a piece of real property. According to the complaint, Rohaizat Othman failed to refund almost RM 161,000 to the complainant after the transaction was aborted.

Rohaizat Othman appealed against the decision of the Disciplinary Board to the High Court, and the appeal was dismissed on 12 August 2009. He is therefore legally disqualified from practising as an advocate and solicitor.

The finding of misconduct is personal to Rohaizat Othman, as the Disciplinary Board would not hold a lawyer liable for the actions of his/her law partner(s).

George Varughese
Malaysian Bar

Gobala Charged used "criminal force"??!!

The Following was a message on Facebook:-
"Simon Tan Chian Heong : Gobala charged with obstructing police."

MalaysiaKini reports that:
"He was charged under Section 353 of the Penal Code for using "criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty"."

Criminal force in deterring the discharge of duty???? - WTF, if i may ask .....

I seriously wonder how, why or when Gobala did such a thing.
In fact, I thought it was exactly the opposite - the police appeared to be obstructing Gobala from being a peaceful public servant, being a cheerleader to his orderly and spirited party supporters. On video, it appears to me that he was being harassed by a platoon of them!
The Police seemed to zero in on him, and he was on the retreat, when he was arrested.
What "OBTRUCTION" are they talking about here???

Let us take a look at who's telling the truth ... after all, videos don't lie.