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The other panellists at the event called 'Malaysia and the Rome Statute' are Universiti Malaya's emeritus professor of law Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi, writer and former lecturer Dr Syed Husin Ali, lawyer Lim Wei Jiet and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia law graduate Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi.
But when we came together as a Federation, all state constitutions were streamlined in accordance to the principles of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy,' said lawyer Lim Wei Jiet.
National Human Rights Society (Hakam) secretary-general Lim Wei Jiet also voiced his concern over the use of 'repressive laws' and urged the government to abolish them.
The organisation said in a statement, issued by its secretary-general Lim Wei Jiet, that it regretted the decision of the Prime Minister's Office not to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) today.
Lawyer Lim Wei Jiet, who was part of the Selangor government's legal team in its court challenge against the EC's alleged unconstitutional pre-GE14 redelineation exercise, said he knew Azhar has experience in and writes on election petitions.
Echoing Rajsurian, lawyer Lim Wei Jiet added the bail granted by the court means Shafee can still represent Najib in the current proceedings, and any other cases involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Constitutional lawyer Lim Wei Jiet said this was because jurisdiction on Muslim marriage fell under Item 1 of the State List in the Federal Constitution, making it solely the purview of the state governments.
Lim Wei Jiet, co-deputy chair of the Bar Council's Constitutional Law Committee, said the solicitor-general is vested with all powers of the AG - including drafting laws - when the latter is incapable of carrying out its functions or is on leave.
According to Lim Wei Jiet, the vacancy of the Federal Territories minister and the replacement of the Attorney-General (AG) with the Solicitor-General on the board will not nullify or compromise any recommendation made to the Ruler to pardon a person.
Lim Wei Jiet, co-deputy chair of the Bar Council's constitutional law committee, said that while the Federal Constitution and laws do not provide for the establishment of an advisory body, there was nothing to prevent its creation or function.
Constitutional lawyer Lim Wei Jiet pointed out that Sabah had been embroiled in a similar constitutional crisis in the 1990s when PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan lost the confidence of the majority after he was sworn in as chief minister.
Lim Wei Jiet, the lawyer who represented the seven Melaka voters, confirmed that the Attorney-General's Chambers had objected to his clients' lawsuit being heard.
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