Today we may not be members of Umno, MCA or MIC but all of us are the legitimate descendants of that generation who played a significant role in the struggle for Independence, writes P Ramakrishnan.
A former chief justice’s observation that the courts have become subservient to politicians in the executive because of Mahathir sparked an exchange in the media over what really happened, reports the Malaysian Insider in a series of reports.
To say that our judiciary is truly independent is something that does not make sense especially after witnessing the crisis and the complacency of the institution over the years, observes Ronald Benjamin.
The MACC must be given real independence so that it can prosecute offenders without getting the nod from the Attorney General, writes Ronald Benjamin.
To mark Malaysia Day on 16 September, civil society groups have come up with a joint statement urging Malaysians to reclaim their independence.
Andrew Aeria looks at the state of our democracy one year after 8 March 2008. What he uncovers is not a pretty picture – much of the abuse of power and nonsense still remains. Electoral democracy, human rights, the judiciary and the media all remain broken.
The late Dr M K Rajakumar was a great man in a tumultuous era in Malaysian history. Unfortunately, he lived in an era that was not ready for a man like him; otherwise, he would have moved the world, observes Tan Kai Hee.
Judicial review of laws is the most important legal weapon in the hands of the Judges to
rectify the mistakes committed by the Executive. This power has been
taken away from the Judges. It should be re-instated, assertsMohd Ali.
that it is increasingly clear that Malaysia may have a change of
government sooner than many Malaysians themselves had expected, it is
imperative that Malaysians accept and understand the need for change, writes Farish Noor.
Political change is as natural as breathing and sleeping, and is
nothing more than a mere normative aspect of modern democratic
Tan Sri Zaki Azmi’s appointment as
Court of Appeal president was no surprise. It was predictable from
the time he was catapulted into the Federal Court, making him the
most junior Federal Court judge. Elevating the most junior Federal
Court judge to the post of president of the Court of Appeal is
unprecedented in our judicial history. But that did not seem to
bother the Prime Minister. Neither was he perturbed by the negative
comments following Zaki’s appointment to the Federal Court.