Muhyiddin Yassin hit out at the Bar Council today for having an agenda against Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for the by-election here, after it was revealed the Umno man was a disbarred lawyer.
The Bar Council had issued a statement following queries from the media yesterday confirming that Rohaizat Othman, the candidate, was a disbarred lawyer.
The Bar Council also clarified that Rohaizat had been found guilty of personal misconduct and had lost his appeal against the decision in the High Court last Wednesday, five days before Umno nominated him for the by-election.
The Bar Council’s statement contradicts Rohaizat’s version of the events. The candidate blames his partner in his law firm for committing the misconduct.
But the Bar Council says it does not hold lawyers liable for the actions of their partners.
Speaking to reporters today, Muhyiddin said: “We don’t know what is the agenda of the Bar Council.
“It is as if they are on the side of certain quarters. I am sure they have some agenda.”
Muhyiddin is not fit to become a deputy prime minister if he does not appreciate the role of Bar Council to reprimand errant lawyers. What the Bar Council did was merely to clarify Rohaizat's status as a lawyer. Rohaizat can challenge the Bar's decision at a higher court.
If Muhyiddin is worth his salt, he should apologize to the Bar Council for taking a pot shot at the organisation. This explains why the deputy prime minister cannot appreciate the fact that he should not misuse the military helicopter for his party's work.
UMNO has itself to blame for picking such a controversial candidate. It should be blamed too for picking such an arrogant and ignorant chap as the deputy prime minister of this country. What a joke!