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It’s always funny when the court acts like this: the Court of Appeals threw Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal because the memorandum of appeal is written in English, not Malay (or Bahasa Malaysia – BM). The justification:

“It requires the appellant to file the memorandum of appeal in the national language. No other language will be entertained and it will not qualify as a record of appeal.” […]

“Everything seems to go wrong with the appellant and the flagrant breaches of the rules seem to be the hallmark of the appellant in this case,” Abdul Malik said.

The amazing bit? The Sun didn’t translate those portions into English. They quoted the justice’s judgement directly. In Karpal Singh’s words:

“I would have thought there was more than a need for him to have written his judgement in Bahasa Malaysia in view of the strong language he uses in support,” said Karpal.


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