Timely for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into judicial independence and integrity

The affidavit of Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer on judicial corruption and misconduct and the serious allegations of judicial interference in the court cases of former DAP Chairman and MP for Bukit Gelugor, the late Karpal Singh on his sedition appeal, the conviction and imprisonment of PKR President and MP for Port Dickson Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well the case of Indira Gandhi have combined to make it most imperative that a Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up into judicial independence and integrity in Malaysia.

As the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has said that a Royal Commission of Inquiry is one of the options open to the government in the face of the serious allegations of judicial misconduct, it is most timely that such a Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up to restore public confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary.

The New Malaysia that Pakatan Harapan wants to build after the historic decision of the 14th General Election which carried out a peaceful and democratic transition of power the first time in six decades must include the restoration of public confidence in the three branches of government – the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary – as well as the important national institutions of State,t undergirding the return of the rule of law in Malaysia.

(Media comment by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang after the Chinese New Year Open House in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday, 17th February 2019)

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 18 February 2019 - 1:54 am

    We need an RCI on Hadi Awang and the so called Ulamas in PAS. People with power of blind faith in their hands and in reality just plain liars and at least underwriters of kleptocracy and likely participants.

    Hadi Awang and Nik Abduh should already outraging the heartland of Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Monday, 18 February 2019 - 8:03 am

    Well, at least we know PAS fear and bend to real power with veneer of Islam label. They got bamboozled by Mahathir and they go on their knees.

    It proves there is no need for Malay leaders with real power to pander to the far right in this country. If a Malay leader deliver results secularly, they can be kept in their small corner. Mahathir nor anyone else cannot use excuse the far right in order to break promises to the center in this country. There is no need to pander to them. Deliver and put them in a corner.

  3. #3 by good coolie on Monday, 18 February 2019 - 11:59 am

    The judiciary is a bulwark against subversion of the Constitution by the Executive and Legislature. It is the guarantor of minority rights, especially with regard to freedom of religion and deaths of people in the custody of lawful authority. We should go ahead and expose the excesses of the previous administration in imposing themselves on the judiciary.

    Could we start from the time when the Executive overpowered Salleh Abbas (LP) and a host of other distinguished judges, post de-registration of UMNO Lama? I know this would look like M1poking the eye of M2, but why not?

  4. #4 by good coolie on Monday, 18 February 2019 - 12:00 pm

    M2 poking the eye of M1, rather!

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