Fairuz no more CJ but
prolonged crisis of judiciary continues – reason why Abdullah should end the
charade of Haidar Panel into Lingam Tape and establish RCI to restore
confidence in independence, integrity and quality of judiciary
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
It is a big sigh of relief all
round that Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim has indeed retired as Chief
Justice and his application for the customary six-month extension had been
But why should it take a “shadow” constitutional crisis to affect
something which is right and proper for the country?
It bespeaks of a constitution and system of justice which have gone
seriously awry and should be put right without any more delay.
The following quotes from the 14th Law Conference are more than sufficient
to demand bold and far-reaching reforms to restore public confidence in
the independence, integrity and quality of the judiciary, viz:
“It is time for the
judiciary to regain the public's confidence and bring back the glory
years.” – Sultan Azlan Shah
“The golden era of the judiciary was before 1988.”
“Then came the watershed in 1988 and the system deteriorated so rapidly,
so much so that I gratefully retired in 1995.” – former Court of Appeal
judge Datuk V.C.George.
“What does the Constitution
mean to me? It means nothing to me at the moment, because it can be
changed at any time.” Raja Aziz Addruse, senior lawyer.
Although Fairuz is no more Chief Justice averting a constitutional crisis,
the prolonged crisis of judiciary reaching its full second decade
continues without any let up – reason why the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should end the charade of Haidar Panel into Lingam
Tape scandal and establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry to restore
confidence in the independence, integrity and quality of judiciary to its
golden era before 1988.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman