Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Friday he hoped that the Attorney-General would be able to act immediately on the issue of DAP chairman Karpal Singh's questioning of the jurisdiction of the Sultan of Perak in the issue of the transfer of Perak Islamic Religious Affairs Department director Datuk Jamry Sury.
He said that if the Attorney-General felt that there was a case, he should bring the matter to court as soon as possible.
"It is my hope that he will act fast," he told reporters after chairing a special meeting of the Umno Supreme Council at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The prime minister said the action has to be immediate because the issue is being followed with great interest by many people.
"Many people are showing interest in the issue. (They want to know) what the penalty is in the matter," he said.
Asked whether the Internal Security Act (ISA) would be used against Karpal Singh, Abdullah said: "If the ISA were used, he would have been detained a long time ago. We have not used it (on him)."
Karpal Singh had said that the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, had no jurisdiction to reinstate Jamry who was transferred out by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.
The sultan had instructed Mohammad Nizar to reinstate Jamry as he had been transferred out without the consent of the sultan as the head of the Islamic religion in the state.
The prime minister had yesterday instructed Umno to lodge a police report against Karpal Singh over his remark which was said to border on treason and had incited anger in the Malays.
The police have so far received nine reports against Karpal Singh, the MP for Bukit Gelugor, over his remark. Among these are one by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor Thursday and Malaysian Youth Council secretary-general Tajudin Ahmad yesterday. -- Bernama