The Permatang Pasir Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Rohaizat Othman, a lawyer, was struck off the Malaysian Bar for a personal offence, according to Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan which was reported at The Edge (Rohaizat's offence a personal misconduct, Ragunath says). The offence is related to stakeholders' money from Koperasi Pekebun Getah for which Ragunath says there was no account.
Ragunath: "The offence was for personal liability and does not involve any other persons as Rohaizat was named by the complainant, and not his partner. Rohaizat was disbarred on March 7 last year and he appealed against the Bar Council decision to the High Court, which also dismissed his appeal on Aug 12 this year. When the board looked into this matter and the order was made, there was no reimbursement to the stakeholders involving the sum of RM140,000. Even if you pay, the offence has been committed and it is a serious offence as this involves dealing with client's money. If you are an innocent party, you would not be found guilty by the disciplinary committee and the charge leveled under Section 103D is tantamount to criminal misconduct."
Voters in Permatang Pasir when they go to the polling station to cast their votes in this "buy election" should take this into consideration and hopefully will cast their votes for the PAS/Pakatan Rakyat candidate Mohd Salleh Man.