Lingam Tape – Haidar Inquiry end up as biggest sham with no proof either way of being authentic or otherwise?


With the three-man special panel inquiry into the authenticity of the Lingam Tape holding its first meeting today, two questions uppermost in the minds of Malaysians who want to be able to be proud again about the Malaysian judiciary and system of justice after 19 years of being the laughing stock of the world are:

  • Will the Haidar inquiry drag its feet until after next month when the Chief Justice Tan Sri Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim would have retired from the highest judicial office of the land, justifying the stance that the whole issue had become quite academic although Ahmad Fairuz was clearly the other party in the Lingam Tape despite the Chief Justice’s unorthodox “denial” through the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz; and

  • Will the Haidar Inquiry end up as the biggest sham of all inquiries in five decades of Malaysian nation-building, furnishing excuse for inaction by Cabinet because there is no concrete proof either way of its being authentic or otherwise?

Nazri said on Monday that “the result of the Haidar investigation will determine the next course of action, which will be decided by the cabinet”.

This is a very curious statement as the establishment of the Haidar panel was not decided by the Cabinet in the first place.

This is the chronology of events:

  • Sept. 19, 2007 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made public eight minutes of a purported 12-minute video recording of the Lingam Tape.

  • Sept. 20 – Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice president Sivarasa Rasiah lodged a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) in Putrajaya on the Lingam Tape.
  • Sept. 23 — The Malaysian Bar in an emergency meeting decided on a “Walk for Justice” from the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya on Cabinet Day on Wednesday 26th Sept to present a memorandum to the Prime Minister calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Tape and the allegations of judicial impropriety over the years.
  • Sept. 25 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the formation of the Haidar panel, a day before the Cabinet’s Wednesday meeting and the “March for Justice” by 2,000 lawyers.

Has Nazri inadvertently revealed the “gameplan” that while the Cabinet was completely ignored and the views of Ministers disregarded on the setting up of the Haidar Panel, the Cabinet would be dragged in and fully implicated for any decision concerning any “cover-up” of the allegations of the Lingam Tape at the conclusion of the Haidar inquiry?

The role of the ACA, which had been directed by the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail to assist the Haidar Panel, is most anomalous which completely undermines its authority, independence, credibility and legitimacy.

Parliament never intended the ACA to be subservient to any quarter in its statutory mission to eradicate corruption — not to the Haidar panel or even the Attorney-General.

The Attorney-General has the final discretionary powers to decide whether to initiate prosecution — which is a great weakness in the anti-corruption law — but the AG has no powers to direct the ACA to suppress any form of anti-corruption investigation. The ACA cannot have any credibility if it has to take orders from the ACA on its anti-corruption investigations.

Although the government has set up the Haidar panel to inquire into the authenticity of the Lingam Tape, this does not preclude the ACA from carrying out its own investigations especially as an official report had been lodged by Sivarasa with the ACA on the Lingam Tape.

The ACA can assist the Haidar Inquiry but it cannot be subservient to the Haidar Inquiry.

Neither the Attorney-General nor the Haidar Inquiry can usurp the powers and duties of the ACA or the ACA be estopped from carrying out its own investigations into the Lingam Tape with regard to judicial corruption.

The Haidar Inquiry, with its ridiculously narrow term of reference, restricted investigatory powers and the unsuitability of Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor as its chairman is a farce and should be disbanded without wasting any more time or public funds. Instead a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Tape and rot in the system of justice concerning the ravages and destruction of the independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary in the past 19 years must forthwith be established without any delay.

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  1. #1 by RealWorld on Thursday, 4 October 2007 - 9:16 pm

    “Sometimes you wonder how these people can go to bed each night without their conscience weighing on their minds.” – Godfather

    When you insulted the religion of another recently, what about your conscience?

  2. #2 by RealWorld on Thursday, 4 October 2007 - 9:17 pm

    “Saddam Hussein used to have 100% mandate ” – hasilox

    Are you saying it is ok for another country to invade another?
    And by the way, how is Iraq today? Better than before??

  3. #3 by cheeyong on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 2:04 am

    RealWorld, alot of your species are staying in Ijok and Machap. Species that are contended with living their lives the way it is now and comparing how life is so much better vs Sudan. Or you’re just another of those who are sooooooo scared of BN intimidaiton that you vote for them. Take your pick. But anyway I am not sure if you’re the age of voting. Cause you sound suspiciously young and immature.

  4. #4 by Godfather on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 6:23 am

    We should not bother responding to a supporter of thieves and crooks like RealWorld. Let him drive around in his BMW with his dark sunglasses and sing his praises of his UMNO masters.

    CEMERLANG, GEMILANG, TEMBERANG !

  5. #5 by RealWorld on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 10:12 am

    ” .. alot of your species are staying in Ijok and Machap. Species that are contended with living their lives the way it is now and comparing how life is so much better vs Sudan.” – cheeyong

    “Species”?? Just because you lot lost in Ijok and Machap, you are now calling the peaceful residents there names!? Thats low, my friend. Insult the rakyat when you are defeated, very mature indeed.

    Stop throwing all your toys out of your pram and start acting your age rather than the size of your shoe.

  6. #6 by RealWorld on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 10:13 am

    Godfather, of course you are unable to respond especially after your insults on another religion.

    For someone who see himself as a Rottweiler, I must say Godfather you brought shame to that breed as well.

  7. #7 by Jimm on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 11:16 am

    Whatever we have benefitted from all the doings or taken as opportunities together with the nation growth, we still have a price to pay for everything that we owned now.
    As we would like to bring out our own opinion over this country future, everyone truly gained something out of everything this country offered. Some did struggle whilst some just be there and reap the fruits.
    Those involved in the scam from early stages until today are the very same people that we somehow (once) supported them for their vision. To some of us, we are blinded by their speeches and actions.
    The damages done to this country future is like what is currently happening to our world ozone layer. Whilst we have seen enough good things happening around us, there are equally ‘concerned’ things that are creeping up from behind us too.
    Our moral, our culture, our security, our health and more are facing uphill challenges each day. There are many areas that we failed to addresses them in the past that eventually grown into a mega public issue.
    Some of us like to thank someone in bringing positive changes to this country and yet knew the cost that we and our young geberations are bearing for.
    Some of us like to closed one eye and pretend everything is fine and better than nothing at all attitude.
    For whatever stands that all of us chosen today, the price to pay is still the same.
    Be it good or bad to one individual, your turn to pay is up today.

  8. #8 by Godfather on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 11:57 am

    CEMERLANG, GEMILANG, TEMBERANG.

    “We are not in the business of cheating the people.” Leader of Islam Hadhari, 2006.

  9. #9 by ihavesomethingtosay on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 2:47 pm

    annoying UMNOPOLOGIST

  10. #10 by cheeyong on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 8:06 pm

    OOOOO Real World didnt noe you r Mr Sensitive. Did I touch your raw nerve? Go cry a bucket. Everything will be okay aft that. As for Ijok and Machap lost, no shocker isnt it? Intimidation, throwing $$$ by BN, your species, and I say it again are just like kids. Its like giving candies to kids. You are so easy

  11. #11 by Godfather on Friday, 5 October 2007 - 11:08 pm

    Leader of Islam Hadhari aka Sleeping Beauty aka Sleepy Head aka Mr Saya-tak-tahu aka Leader of the Den of Thieves.

  12. #12 by RealWorld on Saturday, 6 October 2007 - 12:21 am

    “As for Ijok and Machap lost, no shocker isnt it? Intimidation, throwing $$$ by BN” – cheeyong

    Here comes the broken violin. Feeling kinda sore, eh?

  13. #13 by cheeyong on Saturday, 6 October 2007 - 8:14 am

    RealWorld, maybe all these are too high level for you to comprehend. How about the recent UPSR kertas bocor incident highlighted by TV3 recently. Think you can relate better this incident. Take it as BN is the cheater here. Feeling sore if you’re on the opposite side?Knowing someone else has the UPSR questions before hand and you dont? So hope you did well in your UPSR.

  14. #14 by RealWorld on Saturday, 6 October 2007 - 9:51 am

    cheeyong,

    If what you say is true about these abuses, how come in all the previous GEs, the rakyat’s choice has always been BN? 91% mandate the last time round, remember?

    My boy, you can say whatever level is suitable for me till the cows all comes home, but the reality is that come the next GE, BN is going to win big. And you can retreat to your room and sulk all you want. :)

    Look at that petition thingy, only about 1700 signatures so far. Am sure you are ‘high level’ enough to do the maths, right? :)

    Today is a lovely day!

  15. #15 by cheeyong on Saturday, 6 October 2007 - 10:55 pm

    Well RealWorld, you just talk based on your fav year when the feel good PM Badawi was full of promises. Why dont you talk about the year when BN only garner 54% of the majority vote and yet win 2/3 of the Parliment?

    You do your maths on the fairness here. Well bout the petition, there are many out there. So if you use petition as a gauge of electoral support, we might as well use petition to decide the next govt……..

    Real World, first of all you’re full of crap but I forgive you since your political thinking is flawed due to your immaturity. And siknce you’re so confident of Pak Lah winning BIG again, we’ll see where you will hide your head if the majoirty this time is lower.

  16. #16 by RealWorld on Saturday, 6 October 2007 - 11:51 pm

    cheeyong,

    What in the world is “siknce”!? I can definitely see your maturity, dude. :)

    And on your rationale about the petition, if there are many out there as you claimed, how come the number is still a miserable 1800+-??? Where is that massive and overwhelming support to revamp the judiciary??? Where is that 5000 magic number?

    And dude, it is majority not ‘majoirty’!! Apa la. :)

  17. #17 by cheeyong on Sunday, 7 October 2007 - 1:02 am

    OOOO realworld is trying to use his English vocab in good use. I applaud him for that. I am sure his cikgu will be proud of his progress.

    Hey kiddo, I let you in a secret okay? You and your BN master can believe that only 1.8k + plus of ppl is asking for a revamp in judiciary :) Cause its good you feel that way. Cause only losers that rest on their laurels ends up not achieving their desired result.

    And oh by the way, you’re a shame lah to get spoon fed by the govt while others need to work hard for their fair share of success. BE ashamed of yourself, if you were born in South Korea or some other countries where people compete equally, think you’ll be last in the pack.

  18. #18 by Godfather on Monday, 8 October 2007 - 8:01 am

    C’mon guys, a clown like RealWorld can afford to fly to London to watch a soccer game, can afford to tour South Africa, drives a Bentley, wears dark sunglasses – and you think he will not defend his UMNO masters to the end ?

    Once a poodle, always a poodle.

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