Please leave no stone unturned

An old neighbour, in his late seventies,  told me this morning that he thought he has seen everything and would not be surprised by any more disclosure of abuses and improprieties. But even he was shocked by the allegation from a East Malaysian High Court Judge  that Dr M had threatened judges with removal should they decide unfavourably towards his administration . If this is true, then this is the clearest evidence yet to emerge that the executive has really interfered with the judiciary, not only in appointment of judges , as disclosed by the Lingam tapes, but in court decisions as well.

According to Malaysiakini,

“Malaysian Bar president S Ambiga sounded both alarmed and concerned when contacted  to comment on the stunning revelations.  

“The disclosures by the judge are both startling and damning. They speak of forms of executive and other interference in the judiciary which have undermined the institution,” she said.

“Judges must make known and, if necessary, make public any such acts of interference by any party.”

Ambiga urged Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad and all other relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the matter of executive interference and judicial indiscretions.

She said there have been rumours of such interference, but said this is the first time a sitting judge has provided details.

I think this interference is a gross violation of the basic tenets of democracy that powers must be separated and that such separation of power can only be protected with an independent Judiciary.

I hope that other judges, both serving and retired, should come out and voice out, if ever they were similarly instructed . And i am sure, if the allegation is true, then there would be other cases of similar nature.

The Bar council has again called for a Royal Commission. I fully support this. A new Royal Commission should be set up and no stones should be unturned. I also Hope that if the allegation is proven to be true, then action must be taken, since there cannot be 2 sets of Law in the country. Remember  South Korea?  2 of its past presidents, Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo were jailed for corruption after their presidential terms.

This will serve as a warning to all the ministers and deputy ministers that no one is above the law, and whoever would like to abuse their power would have to think twice.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nick
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 17:45:27

    We should reward whistle blowers. Loh Gwo Burne is a hero in my eyes. Without those Lingam tapes, I don’t think anyone could have imagined the rot of our Judiciary system. Justice N.H. Chan in his book “Judging the Judges” should be given a “Tan Sri” for standing up to the nonsense in our highest Courts. Now Justice Ian Chin has revealed a bit more of the shenanigans. I respect his guts but questioned his motives because he delivered it in a “prepared page” before the start of a political trial. Anyway, what do you expect when we allowed our Executive unfettered powers over every branch of our Society? That is why we need to get back to basics: “separation or powers of all 4 pillars of modern democratic societies” and abolished all the useless draconian laws such as the PPPA, ISA, OSA, etc etc. If our Leaders don’t do this, then we continue to carry this gangrene inside our body. We need effective checks and balances for a healthy working body. I am using polite language, ok? (even though my blood is boiling)

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  2. A true Malaysian
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 18:47:36

    Malaysia can have many more Royal Commissions to clear up the mess, but so long there are ‘RECALCITRANTS’ among those under probe, even with ‘every stone turned’, the end results will still not be satisfactory.

    Even with clear evident of video like Lingam Tape case, these ‘RECALCITRANTS’ can still play around with whims and fancies, so, what can we expect from these Royal Commissions.

    If dignity and integrity of a nation is tainted or gone, whatever efforts that we put in will be in vain. Malaysia really need to gain back its dignity and integrity into its system again. There is no short cut for this.

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  3. petestop
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 19:04:10

    You know, all these rectification of our “broken” separation of powers would not happened if tsunami 2008 did not happened.

    All the more reason why we need a 2-party system for a more balanced check-n-balance.

    Gerakan oh Gerakan, especially KTK, your tic-n-tac with Penang govt does not builds you any credibility. You did good on the first day by being a gentleman and promising smooth transition to new govt.

    Since you focusing on national issues now, please focus on relieving the suffering brought on the Rakyat by all the hikes and inflation in our country. If you can resolve this, maybe, just maybe, we will vote Gerakan again.

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  4. romerz
    Jun 11, 2008 @ 23:58:08

    IMHO, there is no need for another royal commission to investigate this revelation. How many more commissions do we need before we are convinced something is seriously wrong with our judicial system?

    The best way forward is for take the biggest culprit TDM to court. Charge him to the full extent of the law and let justice take its course.

    Replace the present AG with one of integrity and unleash him to go against big-wigs irrespective of political affiliation and position. This will send out a clear message that no one is above the law and then maybe the judiciary will take heart from this and act fairly without fear or favor.

    Its all in the hands of the PM. Dare we hope?

    Even if we have a hundred commissions which comes to the same conclusion, nothing will change if the PM does not have the political will to do the needful. It will be just another half measure to placate the baying crowd without solving anything and more money down the drain.

    I think we are too occupied with witch-hunts and nothing gets done.

    I’d be more interested if such abuses of power no longer happens from today, even to the point of not taking any action against those who have done such abuses in the past IF AND ONLY IF they show a real desire to repent and do the right thing from henceforth.

    Now is not the right time to dismantle the judiciary when we are facing other external threats to our nation’s well-being.

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  5. VJ
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 15:11:59

    Not surprised ….not at all …. expected . It’s just matter of time those affected stand up to reveal the effects of the past evil empire….

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  6. steven
    Jun 12, 2008 @ 22:58:23

    it is not the royal commission make the difference, it is whether the guilty going to get indicted n face punishment count. You can have hundred of royal commission investigation, but end of the day, it is up to PM office to decide rather than based on evidence,
    who in the right mind will expect another umnoputra to bring justice to the victims in Malaysia?

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