Sunday, November 18, 2007

Mayday for Justice

This morning I attended a press conference given by the long suffering* former DAP MP for Bukit Bintang Wee Choo Keong (photo) at his Malaysian Democratic Party (MDP) office in SS 2, Petaling Jaya. Also in attendance were about 30 members of the local media and bloggers.

The conference was held to make public two police reports made earlier in March this year by one Thirunama Karasu a/l Kandar Velluppilai, who is now believed to be in hiding fearing for his life, against his own brother lawyer VK Lingam of the now infamous 'Lingam tapes' affair. The shocking reports gave names and allege mind boggling corruption and abuse of power by top figures in the country's judiciary and police, past and present, which would have made a truly incredible Bollywood movie script since the main characters in the plot also involved other siblings in the Lingam family. (For details of the police reports and press statement, read fellow bloggers Rocky and Haris' reports on the press conference, here and here. Malaysians Unplugged Uncensored also has the full reports, here).

It was emphasised by Mr Wee that there was no connection between the police reports and the video tape as revealed by the former DPM Anwar Ibrahim. To date, however, no action have been seen forthcoming by the police and/or ACA.

It is good that Pak Lah has finally given in to the mounting pressure to appoint a Royal Commission of Inquiry to look into the 'Lingam tape' affair and the panel should be given all the powers and TOR it may require. This should be a good start since it has been many years and there is indeed a dire need to restore confidence in our much maligned** judicial system. So lets not dilly dally but go full speed ahead, as we mariners say, and steady as she goes ...

* Read why, here.

** "If by definition a judiciary means an independent, incorruptible and neutral judiciary, then we don't have one" - former Lord President Salleh Abas in today's Malaysiakini.

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