The government must make judicial reform its topmost priority to restore public confidence in the institution, said Gerakan acting president and former Penang chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Khoon yesterday. Read the Malaysiakini report, here.
"Apologising to the judges suspended or sacked 20 years ago will be gracious for a start, as suggested by the new minister in PM's Department, Zaid Ibrahim. However, what is even more important is that concrete steps must be taken as soon as possible, and seen to be taken towards restoring judicial authority, integrity and credibility in Malaysia," Koh was quoted as saying by Bernama. He also welcomed and supported Zaid's proposal for the establishment of a judiciary appointment commission as a specific measure.
While we are on the subject, perhaps the government should also consider apologising and making the necessary compensations to my learned good friend former High Court judge Dato Syed Ahmad Idid. About 12 years ago, Dato Syed had to quit his job after his letter exposing corruption and abuse of power in the judiciary was dismissed as 'without basis' by his superiors. Read also my earlier blog posting, here.
Describing himself as a judge whose "conscience divulged the truth 12 years ago and now proved 'correct correct correct' via latest video-clip", Dato Syed Ahmad Idid will be a guest speaker at B.U.M 2008 scheduled for 1st of May 2008. Click on teaser below for details.