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Media treads softly on judicial scandal September 20, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.

With the exception of independent, net-based news sites such as Malaysiakini, Merdeka Review, KLPos and Harakahdaily, the media is handling this matter with a 100-foot pole (hello, scandal of the year?), thus expectations are naturally plummeting for a just solution.

(For more analysis, go to Jeff Ooi’s post)

In a different country, it’d be headline news on broadsheets and tabloids; judges would have resigned to redeem their honour as well as that of the judiciary; cabinet would have discussed on it; lawyers would be out on the streets baying for blood.

Here, it’s business as usual. Close one-eye. Two eyes perhaps.
I think I’m going to cry now.

It’s doubtful furious public reaction will be reported tomorrow, so below is the one by Suaram.

SUARAM Press Statement
Lingam and Ahmad Fairuz: Scandal of the highest order

SUARAM views the revelation of judges’ appointments and fixing between lawyer V.K. Lingam and Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz, with apparent consent from the Executive, as exposed yesterday in a press conference by former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, as one which ranks as the most scandalous and shameful episode in the history of Malaysian judiciary.

What is contained in the videotape is unacceptable and unforgivable act of abuse of power of the highest order.

Independence of the judiciary, which has never recovered since the sacking of former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas in the 1980s, has always been suspect. Today affirms learned opinions of jurists, local and international, that in cases where the interest of the government is at stake, the Executive is in firm control.

The consequence of the exposure has permanent crippling effect on public and international confidence in the judicial system in this country. This case is an illustration of all that has gone wrong with the judiciary, a fundamental pillar of a nation, which is entrusted to deliver justice but now is viewed as not only weak, but without integrity and corrupted to its core.

Our country cannot afford to have this matter to be swept under the carpet. We have been lackadaisical on many disturbing issues.

Urgent and immediate actions need to be taken to stop the disease in the judiciary that is worsening by the day. SUARAM urgently calls for a Tribunal to be convened immediately and for judges who have been named, especially the Chief Justice, to act honourably to salvage their reputation and integrity – resign with immediate effect!

If our beloved nation demands that we, the citizens, stop the rot that has permeated at every echelon of Malaysia, today is the day we must act, beginning with an independent judiciary.

Released by:
Elizabeth Wong
On behalf of SUARAM Secretariat



1. wits0 - September 20, 2007

More at : http://powerpresent.blogspot.com/
Thursday, September 20, 2007

– about the Abyss.

2. monsterball - September 20, 2007

Fully agree with Liz’s press statement.
However..getting the attention of the govt. is another matter.
I noticed their attention will be quick and swift..to score points for themselves and party..on minor and sometimes not important issues blown out of proportions…..like the ‘Nagarakuku” song by Wong Min Wee.
But downright serious and proven guilty on such an important exposure of their unfair rule in laws…….the can be so thick skinned and downright behave stupid…which they are not. One put it ‘one eye close”….I say ..no ..they behave they own all of us…and do as the like. Live with it…we asked for that….why complaint…and that makes me feel guilty too…as I did asked for it.
Will I learn from next election?

3. BCTan - September 20, 2007

Pak Lah and you men and women who purportedly represent goodness, integrity and justice. Ha! Ha! LOL, Yes, Jasin, Kinabatangan…and that one from Kedah too. Do something about this explosive video. At least look at it with a view of calling for a fair investigation if you do not have the spine to do what men and women of integrity do such as call for a Royal Commission (asyik fikir komisyen aje…Suruhanjaya Diraja lah…eeiiisyyyy!!!).

Do not sweep it under the carpet for if you do when bending to push the dirt further from possible sighting, that Lingam will poke you where you may not like it. Could be hugely embarassing for a minister or MP or Malaysian…after all itu bukan budaya kita… kan? kan? Ya tak, Pak Lah? Berdegau-degau sebelum PRU tahun 2004 dulu…Tunggu pa lagi? Buat aje.

Just remember: All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing. And…=the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. If Kedah MP Edmund Burke and W Shakespeare are not Malaysians, there are many that we can quote…harimau mati and belang… et cetera et cetera…

4. travic - September 21, 2007

Our country’s leadership has long lost its integrity. If nothing comes out of this expose’, then the leadership would lose any of its dignity too!

5. wits0 - September 21, 2007

“Our country’s leadership has long lost its integrity.”

It started in the mid-sixties and by the early seventies was complete.
It has no real dignity – that’s why it only promotes fake pride, vanity shorn of moral substance.

6. yh - September 21, 2007

Pak Lah represent goodness, justice and integrity? lets wait and see. you bet his response will be ” I DONT KNOW” or “I LOOK INTO IT”. Two months down the road, this issue will die a natural death. The mainstream media will play their usual part in connivance with the powers-that-be.
Meantime, the CJ and AG will do the bidding of Pak Lah to insidiously replace the common law with syariah law gradually. Afterall, they have to do this in the believe that this will be part of redemption efforts and also cleanse their soul which has long since been sold to the devil.

7. wits0 - September 21, 2007

yh, ask that No.1 if he has never bend the rules as once head of the Public Service Commission in favour of race and nepotism, casting aside academic eligility and qualifications then wrt various appointments…long b4 the NEP. And he was “Mr. Clean”. (Brutus was an honorable man.)

And the BN sycophants called him Justice Bao in the 2004 GE campaign over the airwaves!

8. anonymous dud - September 21, 2007

“If our beloved nation demands that we, the citizens, stop the rot that has permeated at every echelon of Malaysia, today is the day we must act, beginning with an independent judiciary.” …

ah, may i ask, how and what to act ? i’m a tikus and i don’t know if others are same as me. the one should act is AGONG, and his ahli majis raja-raja … sack the judge, sack the PM and replace them with the royalties … at very least i feel confidence with them …

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