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Press Statement by Karpal Singh in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 28th November 2008:

Nazri misled the House 

I am somewhat amused at Datuk Seri Nazri Azizís response to my statement that what he had stated, namely, that the public was not privy to the fact that the judges who had been sacked during the 1988 judicial crisis were given a pension, was devoid of truth, and that this was published in the STAR dated the 7th October, 1988 more than 20 years ago.

Nazri says he had no intention to mislead as he was not aware of what transpired in 1988.

There is, no doubt, that Nazri did not do his homework before making the statement that the public was not privy to the grant of pension to the sacked judges.
This is not the first time that Nazri has admitted making a mistake. And it appears this will not be the last time either.

As a Minister, Nazri should check his facts before making public statements, Public admission of mistakes does not reflect well on him. Public interest demands Ministers are of caliber befitting their high office.

Nazri owes the public an apology for his latest mistake. As a gentleman, which I presume he is, he should do the needful forthwith, and not be unnecessarily obstinate and stubborn.

I would advise Nazri, in future, to ascertain his facts before he speaks in or out of Parliament.


* Karpal Singh, DAP National Chairman & MP for Bukit Gelugor