DAP calls for four Royal Commissions of Inquiry to restore justice, integrity
and democracy in Malaysia
(Penang, Monday): DAP calls for the
establishment of four Royal Commissions of Inquiry to restore justice,
integrity and democracy in Malaysia.
- Penang DAP "Welcome Lim Guan Eng Back with Honour" Ceramah
by Lim Kit Siang
The four Royal Commissions of Inquiry should be for the following purposes:
To inquire into the arsenic poisoning of former Deputy Prime Minister,
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the political conspiracy to make use of all
the institutions of government to eliminate him politically.
To inquire into the four police reports lodged by Anwar Ibrahim in the
past two months alleging corruption and abuses of power at the highest
levels of government leadership, naming in particular the Prime Minister,
Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the first Finance Minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin,
the Minister for International Trade and Industry, Datuk Paduka Rafidah
Aziz, the two highest law officers in the land, namely the Attorney-General
Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah and Datuk Gani Patail, the former Malacca Chief
Minister, Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Cik, involving scandals and malpractices
like the RM7 billion Perwaja scandal - all supported by documentary
evidence concerning such allegations and abuses of power.
To resolve the worst crisis of confidence in the judiciary and the rule
of law in Malaysian history. Two days ago, Malaysia made dubious
history by becoming the first Commonwealth country in 50 years to send
a journalist to jail for contempt of court, which constitute a grave threat
to the fundamental right of freedom of speech and a free press. Law and
justice have become so divorced in Malaysia that never before in the history
of the nation have more Malaysians lost confidence in the judiciary as
the dispenser of justice in the country. Malaysia faced its first judicial
crisis of confidence in 1988 when the Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas and
two Supreme Court judges were sacked when the Prime Minister launched a
successful assault on the doctrine of the separation of powers and subverted
the rule of law and the principle of the independence of the judiciary.
Malaysians had hoped that the crisis of confidence in the judiciary would
have been abated with the judiciary regaining national and international
confidence in its independence, but unfortunately, the reverse had occurred.
As a result, the crisis of confidence in the judiciary today is even worse
than at the height of the judicial crisis in 1988.
To inquire specifically into the allegations of gross improprieties concerning
the Chief Justice and a Court of Appeal judge.
In the Asian Wall Street Journal defamation case two weeks ago, serious
allegations about judicial improprieties and injustices were made
in court against the Chief Justice, Tun Eusuff Chin and Court of Appeal
judge Datuk Mohtar Sidin in a proposed amendment of the defence.
Although the proposed amendment of the defence was rejected on technical
grounds, the allegations constitute grave matters of public interest.
It is most shocking that both Eusuff Chin and Mohtar Sidin had not responded
and cleared their name although more than two weeks had passed.
As the Malaysian judicial system is facing an even worse crisis of
confidence than a decade ago, there must be a full public inquiry into
the serious allegations of judicial improprieties and injustices made against
Eusuff Chin and Mohtar Sidin. Action should be taken to defend the integrity
of the judiciary if there is no basis in the allegations of judicial improprieties
and injustices, but both Eusuff Chin and Mohtar Sidin should be dismissed
from their judicial posts if the allegations are proven true. In the meantime,
both Eusuff Chin and Mohtar Sidin should step down from their judicial
posts pending the outcome of such an inquiry.
*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member
of Parliament for Tanjong