This is a rewrite of my article yesterday which was inadvertently deleted.
Malaysiakini reported this afternoon that the Altantuya trial has been postponed, so we have to wait for a further 2 weeks for the action to begin.
During my undergraduates days in medical school in Singapore, some of my Singaporean classmates and I would always tease each other about the not so good things of each other’s country. Sometimes when I was at my wit’s end, I would just blare out “ Malaysia has the best judiciary in the Commonwealth” and my Sing friends would have nothing else to say. Such was the reputation of our judiciary; I remember that at that time the Lord President was none other than Tun Suffian.
After the judiciary crisis in 1988, the perception among foreigners was that our judiciary was not like before. Now, at the eve of the Altantuya trial, all eyes are on our Shah Alam court as well as our judiciary.
I have read many of the so-called inside story of this case in the blogs, but as a person trained in evidence based medicine, I have kept an open mind and would like to wait for the trial to complete its course before making my judgement. I think we Malaysian should give our law a chance to proceed before making all sorts of insinuation.
This is perhaps the best chance for our Judge to show the world that Malaysian judges are fair, independent minded, knowledgable and among the best in the world.
This is also the best chance for our prosecution to show that there is no bias, that they are true professionals and that they conduct their case based on facts and evidence, and that they are among the best prosecution lawyers in the world.
This is also the best chance for our defence lawyers to show that they are among the best defence lawyers in the world.That they will stand up for their clients and defend their clients to the best of their ability.
This is also for our executive branch to show the world that there is truly no interference on the judiciary, that our judiciary is among the most independent.
Overall, this is the best chance to showcase the world that
Malaysia has again one of the best legal system in the world.
I am hopeful that we will not be disappointed.
Then, perhaps the next time I meet up with my Singaporean friends and have a debate with them, I can proudly tell them once again that we still have the best judiciary in the Commonwealth, and I am sure they would have nothing to refute me.