Raja Nazrain Shah would be a
very good choice as Chairman of Royal Commission of Inquiry to restore
confidence in independence and integrity of judiciary although the ideal
candidate would be Sultan Azlan Shah
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by Lim Kit Siang
From the statement by the
Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim that the
government was open to the possibility of setting up a royal commission on
the “Lingam” video clip, it is evident that there is a significant
momentum which will make any failure to establish such a Royal Commission
of Inquiry a direct, personal and major crisis of confidence for the Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Early this month, when I told Parliament that I had seen and vouched for
the existence of the second part of the 14-minute Lingam Tape, before
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim released another 10 seconds of the six-minute
portion which had been withheld from the public so far, there was no
surprise, astonishment or demand from the government or Haidar Panel that
I reveal the details or the source.
This could only mean that by that time, all those involved in authority
knew that the Lingam Tape was genuine and that any attempt to deny or
ignore it would be at their grave personal peril in terms of public
credibility and integrity.
There should be no more further delay in the establishment of a Royal
Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Tape specifically and generally the
independence and integrity of the judiciary, and the three issues which
the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should be mindful
• Full and proper consultation
with relevant personalities and organizations on the Royal Commission of
• Full and untrammeled powers for the Royal Commission of Inquiry to
investigate into every aspect of the Lingam Tape revelations and the
restoration of confidence in the independence and integrity of the
• The appointment of suitable and qualified Commissioners.
Abdullah will defeat the whole
purpose of a Royal Commission of Inquiry if its establishment is the
subject of another debilitating and divisive public controversy, either
because of its restricted terms of reference or composition.
On its composition, there are clearly certain controversial personalities
who should not be appointed as Commissioners or the whole process will
become a farce.
In this category I will include three former Chief Justices – Tun Ahmad
Fairuz, Tun Eusuffe Chin and Tun Hamid Omar because of their controversial
past which should be among the subjects of the inquiry.
Another former Chief Justice, however, Tun Dzaiddin will be eminently
suitable to be a member of the Commission.
Special thought must be given for the Chairman of the Royal Commission to
restore confidence in the judiciary.
The Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr. Nazrain Shah will be a very good choice
as Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry to restore confidence in
the independence and integrity of the judiciary, although the ideal
candidate would be Sultan Azlan Shah especially as he was Lord President
during the golden era of the Malaysian judiciary a quarter of a century
The Commissioners should come from a representative cross-section
including former members of the judiciary, like former Court of Appeal
judges Datuk Shaikh Daud and Datuk N. H. Chan and former High Court judge
and leading Malaysian jurist Datuk Seri Visu Sinadurai.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman