Despite trouncing at Bar AGM, G100 members insist Leong must eat Anwar case remark
Members of the G100 remained adamant that Christopher Leong must retract his statement on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s prosecution, despite lawyers overwhelmingly rejecting its bid to censure the Malaysian Bar president for his remarks. Ahmad Kamal, one of the 100 signatories in the group, told Malay Mail Online that the G100 will not concede its attempt to force Leong’s retraction.
“We are only minority here today but not defeated. We still hold on to our stand,” Ahmad, 52, said when met during the Bar’s 69th annual general meeting today.
Another G100 signatory of G100, Aidil Khalid, claimed that the reprimanding Leong was not the main objective of their motion that was defeated by 1,194 votes to 161. “We are not here to censure Leong or to embarrass him. We are only asking him for a retraction on the disparaging remark he made against the judiciary,” he said.
“G100’s official stand is only for the second motion on Leong’s remarks against the judiciary… this is the only motion we are concerned with,” Aidil said.
When contacted later, G100 spokesman Lukman Sheriff Alias disavowed the duo’s stand and said the group will only make an official statement on the failed resolutions next week. “After this we need to sit down and think we what we want to do. We need to review what are the options we have after the motions were defeated,” he told Malay Mail Online.
Earlier today, members of the professional body voted against the motion proposed by G100 member Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi, in which he called for Leong to be censured for allegedly being in contempt of court and bringing the courts into “public odium and disrepute”. movement is yet to make an official stand on the outcome of the debated motions in the Bar’s annual general meeting.
The G100 said in a recent letter that Leong had impugned the judiciary with his February 11 statement that highlighted “glaring anomalies” in the prosecution of the federal opposition leader, which he said fuelled the perception that Anwar’s case was political persecution rather than a criminal prosecution. The G100 is a group of 100 lawyers who earlier demanded that Leong retract his statement, failing which they would push for his resignation.
Leong’s term as Malaysian Bar president, however, is up today as he has already served a maximum of two years. Leong’s statement did not criticise the Federal Court’s decision to sentence Anwar to five years’ jail for sodomy, however, but was expressly questioning the prosecution of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) de facto leader.