To honour the memory of the late former Bar Council president Raja Aziz Addruse, we reproduce his full press statement on behalf of the Bar Council reacting to the report of the tribunal which sacked two Supreme Court judges and reinstated three others.
“For the first time in my life, I was ashamed of being Malaysian!” said the late Tun Suffian, a former lord president of the Supreme Court, when he heard of the sacking of the then Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas, in 1988.
What does Anwar Ibrahim think of the controversy surrounding Article 121(1A) and the judiciary? In a cover story interview with the reformasi icon, we get him to speak frankly about the state of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations, especially in the light of the Moorthy Maniam case and the aborted Article 11 Coalition road-show last year. He talks about his own efforts at encouraging intra-Muslim dialogue and then takes a critical look at the state of the judiciary today, including former Lord President Tun Salleh’s attempt to clear his name.
P Ramakrishnan wonders whether the powers-that-be are afraid that the truth about the 1988 Judicial Crisis will expose all those who pretend to stand on high moral ground.
Former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas lobs new facts on the 1988 Judicial Crisis for Minister Nazri Aziz to deal with. Nazri had said he would agree to a review of the crisis only “if there are new and important facts in the case”.
The assault on the Judiciary in 1988 requires a complete reassessment with a view to restoring the integrity of the judges who were wronged.Even a first year law student would detect a complete lack of natural justice in Tun Salleh’s removal, says Karpal Singh.
“Looking at the (Tribunal’s) report now, I do not have any doubt that my decision not to participate in the proceedings was right …,” Tun Salleh Abas said in the conclusion of his reply to the Tribunal’s report. His clarifications point to a shocking scenario of injustice, twisted facts and perverted actors mouthing dubious “evidence” — in other words, a kangaroo court!