Lingam Tape – Another Three
No’s added to Haidar Panel’s “Five No’s” of not knowing whether Ahmad Fairuz
at end of the phone, whether Lingam was real and not knowing whether video
clip is genuine!
Media Statement (3)
by Lim Kit Siang
How pathetic! After three
weeks, no one has come forward to give information to the Haidar Panel on
the Lingam Tape!
This itself speaks louder than anything about the confidence the Haidar
Panel commands among the Malaysian public concerning its credibility,
independence, authority and legitimacy – which is zero!
The Haidar Panel has proved to be very “creative” in interpreting its
month-long duration to complete its narrow term of reference to establish
the authenticity of the Lingam Tape from Sept. 27 to 30 working days
rather than 30 calendar days – stretching its tenure to November 8, after
the retirement of Tun Ahmad Fairuz as Chief Justice unless he gets an
The Haidar Panel had started with the infamous “Five No’s” – no power to
administer oaths, no power to compel witnesses to come forward, no power
to commit anybody for contempt, no power to provide immunity and no power
to protect witnesses.
It appears to have acquired another Three No’s after three weeks - not
knowing whether Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz was at end of the phone,
not knowing whether senior lawyer V.T. Lingam who appeared in the tape was
the real one and not knowing whether the video clip is genuine!
We are now told that the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is sending the
Lingam Tape to experts in Hong Kong to determine its authenticity.
Why did the ACA waste one whole month since the public expose of the
Lingam Tape by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sept. 19 before seeking expert
help to determine its authenticity?
Why the Haidar Panel didn’t simply asked Lingam and Ahmad Fairuz to state
whether they admitted or denied the veracity of the Lingam Tape?
Or the Haidar Panel didn’t even have such powers to ask?
Today, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri
Aziz, who seemed to have been assigned a new portfolio of being the
Minister responsible for the Lingam Tape, disclosed a new gem of
Nazri said: “The panel does not have the power to investigate unless it
gets the consent of the attorney-general”.
Nazri made this statement when he said that the Haidar Panel would have to
depend on ACA investigations if no one volunteers to provide information
on the authenticity of the video clip.
This is a most ludicrous situation. The Haidar Panel is appointed as an
Independent Panel, but one attribute it clearly does not possess is being
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had publicly said that the
Haidar Penal was not to call any witness. Now it is revealed that the
Haidar Panel does not have the power of investigations unless it gets the
consent of the Attorney-General.
What are its other limitations or “un-doubles” which have not been
What is the role of the Police in the Haidar Panel inquiry, as the
Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan also turned up at the
first meeting of the panel, apart from the Attorney-General and the ACA’s
It is ridiculous that the Haidar Panel’s job is reduced to accepting or
rejecting the ACA’s investigations on the authenticity of the tape. The
ACA is supposed to be an independent and professional body, working
according to the highest standards of investigation.
It is a serious aspersion on the professionalism of the ACA that its
investigations should be subject to the second-guessing of the three-man
Haidar Panel whose members enjoy no expertise whatsoever in the field.
The rigmarole of feet-dragging over a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the
Lingam Tape and the pressing issue of restoration of confidence in the
independence, integrity and meritocracy of the judiciary had been dragged
out for too long and in the national interest, the Prime Minister should
establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry without any further delay.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman