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.