Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 21st August 2009:
Can a statutory declaration clear Rohaizat of the “personal misconduct” resulting in his being struck off the lawyers’ rolls for breach of trust and dishonesty?
Barisan Nasional candidate for Permatang Pasir by-election Rohaizat Othman has said that he would heed Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s advice to make a statutory declaration to protect himself from accusations made by various quarters.
The two questions Rohaizat must answer are:
If the answer to the second question is “yes”, it will have far-reaching implications. Does this mean that the Commissioners of Oath in the country will be having a roaring business as there would be long queues of people who would want to make statutory declarations that they were not guilty of offences they had been convicted.
If the answer to the second question is “no”, then what is the worth of such a statutory declaration?
Tengku Razaleigh has summed it up best with his questions:
“Is Umno so short of people that we have to find a lawyer disbarred for financial dishonesty to stand? Has financial misconduct become so common among us that we no longer see it as a factor in a candidate’s suitability?”
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor