Royal quip October 29, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
Tags: Bar Council, Judiciary, Lingam-Fairuz tape, Nazri Aziz
The Prime Minister was a no-show this morning at the opening of the much anticipated Malaysian Law Conference.
It was either bad time-management by his office, a public snub, or perhaps he didn’t fancy facing hundreds of lawyers on a Monday morning. He is said to be hosting the Conference dinner tonight.
And even if he did turn up, he would be upstaged by my home state and Perak’s Sultan Azlan Shah, who was once the Lord President, who quipped (apparently by accident, according to Malaysiakini) during his speech, “there are good lawyers and bad judges”
Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak said public perception of the judiciary matters.
“The principal quality that the judiciary must possess is impartiality. It means that judges are not only free from influence of external forces but also of one another,” he said.
The former Lord President had the delegates in stitches when he mistakenly said “there are good lawyers and bad judges” (when he meant “bad lawyers”) before smilingly correcting his error.
He also said judges should resist socialising with business personalities and other well-connected people. (con’t)