Day of shame for Malaysia February 13, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: Anwar Ibrahim, Fairuz-Lingam tape, Haidar Noor, Independence of the Judiciary, Mahathir Mohammad
Tuesday was a day of shame for the nation.
After 50 years under Bebal Nasional (BN), this is what we have to show to the world? How much more are we to sit back and endure this travesty?
So much for independence of the judiciary. What is the connection between Mokhtar Sidin and Lingam? Were bribes, gifts, flowers, cakes (more below) or cash part of the deal? Who else is implicated?
In her statutory declaration, GN Jayanthi, 45, said she had stayed until 3am in Lingam’s office to draft a judgment which eventually became the landmark decision read by High Court judge Mokhtar Sidin in the Vincent Tan vs MGG Pillai defamation suit. This, she said, occurred between November and early December 1994.
Lingam was representing Tan, a business tycoon, in the RM10 million suit.
Jayanthi said she ‘vividly remembers’ how Lingam dictated a draft judgment from some handwritten notes while another staff J Sumanti typed it out.
“Lingam then corrected the pages with red ink. Sumanti then did the corrections and made a copy of the said judgment in a floppy disk that was to be given to Mokhtar Sidin.
“I later discovered the judgment written by Lingam was fully incorporated as the official judgment by the said judge,” she said.(Malaysiakini, 12 Feb 2008)
Now, we’d like to know since when the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) hands out bribes?? No wonder they kept threatening Anwar Ibrahim, Sivarasa Rasiah and Sim Tze Tsim. Further note:- Why did the Royal Malaysian Police Force place their officers outside Anwar’s office for weeks? What is their role in all these?
Meanwhile, Jayanthi also revealed that the Anti-Corruption Agency had informed her in 1998 that the corruption investigation concerning Lingam was closed because ‘too many high profile officials were involved’.
She was also given RM3,000 by ACA which she accepted.(Malaysiakini, 12 Feb 2008)
And perjury? Didn’t Eusoff Chin and Lingam say they ‘bumped’ into each other in New Zealand?
Jayanthi revealed that she had booked the flight tickets for both Lingam and former chief justice Eusoff Chin for their infamous New Zealand holiday in late 1994.
She said she had planned the holiday based on handwritten itineraries from the tour agencies acting for them. (Malaysiakini, 12 Feb 2008)
Apparently, Haidar “The Seal” Noor was none too please with the developments of the hearings. Why isn’t the commission remotely troubled by evidence of corruption?
Throughout the proceedings, commission chairperson Haidar Mohd Noor kept interrupting Muhammad Shafee from questioning Jayanthi on receipts of flowers and cakes allegedly sent by Lingam to various judges which was organised by the former secretary.
“We are not concerned with corruption. We want to see which parties are involved and we are only investigating into the closeness of the lawyer apparently brokering appointments with judges,” said Haidar. (Malaysiakini, 12 Feb 2008)
All those who lost high-profile criminal and civil suits should immediate file for judicial review. I am pleased that at long last, the late MGG Pillai is finally vindicated.