Old men, AG, CJ and law Minister should feel embarrassed to dance – Hadi

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PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was the last one to criticize attorney-general Tommy Thomas, Chief Justice Richard Malanjum and de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong dancing with several judges and lawyers and activists during the Opening of the Legal Year 2019 gala dinner recently.

He said they have to behave themselves as their position, retirement age and national values do not allow them to dance and twist in such manner.

 “We must realise our feet are on Malaysian soil, with Eastern religions and values. If the elderly in England and US themselves feel embarrassed to dance.

“We should not be more West than the West,” he said.

If top legal officials and members of the executive had been filmed dancing together on stage in the West, they would be asked to resign.

But when the ones who dance are old and of retirement age, it would be compared to the Malay proverb of ‘kera kena belacan‘, he said.

“We must realise our feet are on Malaysian soil, with Eastern religions and values. If the elderly in England and US themselves feel embarrassed to dance, we should not be more West than the West.

“Even the free West does not allow those entrusted with the responsibility of making fair and transparent decisions for the people to communicate freely with society, which could influence their integrity (to deliver) fair and transparent (decisions),” he added.

Hadi was commenting on a video showing attorney-general Tommy Thomas, Chief Justice Richard Malanjum and de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong dancing with several others on Chubby Checker’s song “Let’s do the Twist”.


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