Independent panel, my foot September 26, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, History, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
The ‘independent’ panel announced by deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak today is nothing more than a red herring.
This man is either really stupid, or he thinks we’re stupid?
Sack the Chief Justice, period. Put aside his extended contract. Form a Royal Commission to investigate the rest of the judiciary. Purge those in cohorts with Ahmad Fairuz and VK Lingam.
And Haidar, the former Chief Judge of Malaya to head the ‘independent panel’? :-O
A name that one shouldn’t forget, since he was involved in the plot to kick out Tun Salleh Abas during the 1988 judicial crisis.
The evidence of Encik Haidar, the then Chief Registrar, shows that as early as 8.30 am on the same day the Acting Lord President had anticipated the possibility of Tun Salleh’s counsel making the urgent application to the Supreme Court and had instructed Encik Haidar that the Registry of the Supreme Court was not to take any action on any such application without first taking directions from him.
Later at about 12 noon, upon being informed by Encik Haidar that an urgent application had been made to the Supreme Court, the Acting Lord President instructed him that the Court staff should not be involved and the Court room be not made available to the five Judges. Tan Sri Hamid bin Omar further expressly instructed Encik Haidar to keep the Supreme Court seal under lock and key. (Source: Bar Council of Malaysia press statement on the report of the Tribunal which sacked two Supreme Court Judges and reinstated three others. The statement was made by the then Bar Council chairman, Raja Aziz Addruse, on 9 Oct 1988)
Lee Lam Thye?
Collector of ‘positions’ and ‘directorships’. Director of god-knows how many public listed companies. Head of the National Service Training who doesn’t even have the decency to resign after more than a dozens deaths and numerous more complaints. In some crime prevention foundation, which millions have been pumped in, and clearly not prevented the deluge of serious crimes. Oh yah, I think he was even once a Suhakam commissioner, but none of us from the HR groups could remember him, since he did (censored) all for HRs on public payroll.
I have no beef with Mahadev Shanker, whom I had good discussions on human rights issues during the Human Rights Commission meets in Geneva as well as in Kuala Lumpur, when he was a Suhakam Commissioner. A rose among thorns.
Updated: Someone reminded me of this (highlighted in red circle).
While this small point may not have any bearing on the composition, but it’s really a little too close for comfort, having deputy PM put a director in the same bank where his brother is the Group Chief Executive, to lead this ‘independent’ panel. (See CIMB Group chart)