Lingam Tape Report must be made public

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Aliran is happy to note that the Lingam Tape Report has been finally concluded and the Report submitted to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

But Aliran is perturbed that there is no indication that the Report will be made public. It is our considered view that the public is entitled to have access to the Lingam Tape Report. We demand that this Report be made public.

It must be remembered that the Royal Commission was set up to investigate the scandalous goings-on in the judiciary because an outraged public demanded that such a Commission was necessary to get to the bottom of the judicial crisis and to expose the rot in the judiciary. There was a long tussle between the public and the Barisan Nasional government in this matter and finally it was the public will that prevailed.

It is in the public interest that the government is obliged to be transparent and accountable to the nation. It cannot and should not ignore this responsibility to make the findings public. It must respond to this demand to show that there is a genuine attempt to clean up the rot in the judiciary.

Let’s not forget that tax-payers money was involved in setting up this Commission and the work it entailed. Thus, the public has a right of access to this Report.

We have every right to know the findings of this Commission, its recommendations and whether there is any justification for its conclusions. This right cannot be denied under whatever circumstances and for whatever reasons.

We call upon the Prime Minister to respond positively to this demand and to make the Lingam Tape Report public.

 

P Ramakrishnan

President

10 May 2008

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P Ramakrishnan

P Ramakrishan, the long-serving former president of Aliran who served three and a half decades on our executive committee, has been with Aliran since its inception in 1977. Now an ordinary Aliran member, he continues to highlight issues of public interest to a larger audience.

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