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Full video: The Lingam-Fairuz scandal December 14, 2007

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Ta-dah!

Does Abdullah Badawi know what ‘Independence of the Judiciary” actually means?

FULL TRANSCRIPT (below)

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Siu-sei-yan December 12, 2007

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Siu-sei-yan* #1:
When we read bebal statements from w*nk*rs like the one below, how can we possibly resist giving a good shove?

Don’t push the PM, Hisham warns people

KUALA LUMPUR: Do not push the Prime Minister, warns Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. (source: The Star)

Siu-sei-yan #2 (alternate exclaimation:- lei-mo-kow-cho**):
Haider ‘The Seal’ again??? Khoo Kay Kim???!!! Isn’t Steve Shim mentioned in the tape??

*Siu-sei-yan = Laugh until die! (Cantonese)
**lei-mo-kow-cho = You are not joking! (Cantonese)

Bersih picks up Rashid’s gauntlet November 20, 2007

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“If they will show me evidence that the commission has rigged elections, then I will – in fact, all members of the commission – will resign.” (Source: The Star)

But it must be proven in court, according to the Election Commission’s chief, Abdul Rashid. Good call. He must thank his lucky stars for patriots the likes of Lingam and Fairuz.

BERSIH refutes below. Will Rashid now start drafting his resignation letter?

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Business as usual for political leaders November 9, 2007

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Penang folks get to see political and civil society leaders in action, on the eve of the BERSIH gathering in Kuala Lumpur. Yep, it’s business as usual.

Public Forum on Judicial Crisis – How do we Stop the Rot?
Time: 8.00 pm
Venue: Sunway Hotel, Georgetown. (33, New Lane, Off Macalister Rd)
Speakers: Cecil Rajendra (Former president of HAKAM)
Zarizana (women activist, lawyer),
DSAI (former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Advisor to KeADILan)
Untuk dihubungi: Hj Malik 019 445 1005

Ceramah Perdana
Masa:10.30 pm
Tempat: Permatang Damar Laut, Parlimen Bayan Baru
Speakers: Dato’ Zahrain (Pengerusi Perhubungan Negeri P.Pinang)
Saifuddin Nasution (Bekas ADUN Lunas)
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
Untuk dihubungi: Hj Malik 019 445 1005

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

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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.

(For the complete text, please click here)

Royal quip October 29, 2007

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 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”

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Nazrism October 29, 2007

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My newspaper delivery guy did an extraordinary thing – he delivered the New Sunday Times early yesterday at 8.00 am (usually he takes his time on Sundays and drops it off around noon), knowing full well I would be keen to read the headline story.

So Sunday morning was well spent, laughing in bed and playing a game of “spot the logical fallacies“.

I certainly didn’t have the patience, but Malik Imtiaz did and wrote a blow-by-blow rebuttal of the NST interview with the de facto Ministry of Law, Nazri Aziz (See here and here).

And Nik Nazmi, a King’s College law graduate was similarly tickled, and defined this endemic phenomenon, “Nazrism“, as:-

“An idiotic response to a political issue, as a result of lack of proper thinking on the matter and the need to justify the government’s actions.”

Hehehehe….

Cr*ck October 18, 2007

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(Source: The Star)

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On 8th October, the Bar Council wrote to the Legal Division of the PM’s Department. And on 10th October, the Council received this (right) from Director-General of the Legal Division, Dato’ Abdullah Sani b. Ab Hani, who was apparently instructed by former Justice Haidar, to ask them to lay the Council’s agenda and issues on the table first (click on thumbnail, right).

Perhaps this is a new case of the “missing …”? Like the “missing seal“?

The Bar Council has made available, the exchange of correspondence and its memorandum, here.