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Excerpt: Opening address by Sultan Azlan Shah October 29, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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Sadly I must acknowledge there has been some disquiet about our judiciary over the past few years and in the more recent past. In 2004, I had stated that it grieved me, having been a member of the judiciary, whenever I heard allegations against the judiciary and the erosion of public confidence in the judiciary.

Recently there have been even more disturbing events relating to the judiciary reported in the press. We have also witnessed the unprecedented act of a former Court of Appeal judge writing in his post-retirement book of erroneous and questionable judgements delivered by our higher courts in a chapter under the heading “When Justice is Not Administered According to Law”. There are other serious criticisms.

I am driven nostalgically to look back to a time when our Judiciary was the pride of the region, and our neighbours spoke admiringly of our legal system. We were then second to none and the judgements of our courts were quoted confidently in other common law jurisdictions. As Tun Suffian, a former Lord President of the then Federal Court, said of the local judges who took over from the expatriate judges after Merdeka that the transformation was without “any reduction in standards”.

Admittedly society is more complex today and the task of judges may be more difficult then what it was before, but the values I speak of are universal and eternal.

There is no reason why judges with the assured security of tenure they enjoy under the Constitution should not discharge their duties impartially, confidently and competently.

Judges are called upon to be both independent and competent. In these days, judges must ever be mindful that the loss of independence can come from many sources, and not just from the executive. Therefore, judges must piously resist the lure of socializing with business personages and other well connected people. They may discover at their peril that they have compromised themselves in the cases that come before them with the unedifying spectacle of recusal applications.

Nothing destroys more the confidence the general public, or the business community has in the judiciary than the belief that the judge was biased when he decided a case, or that the judge would not be independent where powerful individuals or corporations are the litigants before him.

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1. monsterball - October 29, 2007

Now lets wait to read what UMNO have to say.
Coming from the Ex Lord President and also as the Sultan Of Perak….can UMNO ignore the remarks?
Sure they will find a away to disagree again…..as on both counts…UMNO dare not agree for the love of their corrupted lives.

2. jeancumlately - October 30, 2007

For a start, I hope the ruler’s would not consent to Fairuz’s extension. If they did consented to the appointment, then what is the difference. All just talks and when the dust subsides, it is still umnoputra’s talk that counts. Please lah, Tuanku.

3. Vote4change - October 30, 2007

Praise the Lord. We have a voice of reason in Malaysia. There is hope. There are people out there who actually use their brains.

4. ivan yang - November 1, 2007

If Z is appointed CJ as reported by the other blogs, then this judiciary crisis is more serious than one would think. There is this chinese saying, if u have committed one wrong, u must not commit another wrong,but would the powers be realise the wrongs?

5. shardik - November 1, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Muslim men are suffering sleepless nights and cannot pray properly because their thoughts are distracted by a growing number of women who wear sexy clothes in public, a prominent cleric said.

Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the spiritual leader of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said he wanted to speak about the “emotional abuse” that men face because it is seldom discussed, the party reported on its Web site Wednesday.

6. macanhitam - November 2, 2007

spread this clip around http://youtube.com/watch?v=a1DiUJgieO4.
daulat tuanku!

7. monsterball - November 3, 2007

jean….You know the result of Fairuz….no extention!!

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