Friday, April 18, 2008
I have always believed that an occasional kick in the butt may be required to get one out of deep stupor. The recent general elections was indeed one such for our sleepy 'flip flop' prime minister.
Last night at the Bar Council's ‘Dinner for Justice’, the PM finally made amends but short of an apology to former Lord President Salleh Abas and other top judges dismissed from the Supreme Court in 1988 - now regarded as Malaysia's darkest hours in its judicial history. He also announced that the government will establish a judicial appointments commission to identify and recommend suitable candidates as a start to reforms in the judiciary. The government will also make goodwill ex-gratia payments to the six judges implicated in the 1988 crisis, three of whom were later removed. This has been a long time coming. (Read the Malaysiakini report, here. The Sun also has his speech in full, here).
We shall see whether he will walk the talk or whether this was just another one of his public relations (PR) exercises to boost his flagging fortunes.
But my blogger friend Zorro's hantu claims that,"He may cross the floor ... !"
Eh? Now that's stretching it a bit.
Like the fella once said,
Ain't that a kick in the head?
Like the sailor said, quote,
Ain't that a hole in the boat?
- Sammy Cahn & Jimmy van Heusen
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 15:59