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Star of the week 2007
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Judicial Rot
October 22, 2007 The Wall Street Journal

The rot in Malaysia's judicial system is pervasive and extends to the highest offices of power, both past and present. And now there is a videotape that many Malaysians -- including many in the local bar -- believe to be proof. (........more)

Judge Dread in Malaysia

Mat Salleh   
01 November 2007, Asia Sentinel
Indian of the week 06/07

Malaysia's judiciary on Candid Camera

By Anil Netto, Asia Times, 25/09/07

PENANG, Malaysia - On May 27, 1988, then-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, his party faced with a legal challenge from rivals that threatened his leadership, summoned Malaysia's top judge, Salleh Abas, and gave him an ultimatum: resign or face a judicial tribunal. That secret private meeting led to suspension of Salleh and five other top judges (three of whom were later reinstated). It precipitated a crisis from which the judiciary has never recovered. (......more)

Malaysia lawyers hold rare demonstration for reform

By Jalil Hamid, Wednesday, September 26, 2007

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - About 800 Malaysian lawyers marched on the prime minister's office on Wednesday to demand reforms to the country's judiciary after a scandal erupted over claims of political meddling in the appointment of judges. (.....more)

V K Lingam

Malaysian judicial power broker

Anwar's video 'exposé'

Nazry Bahrawi, TodayOnline, Thursday, September 20, 2007
THE integrity of Malaysia's judiciary has come under the spotlight once again after former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim made public a video purportedly linking a senior judge to an "appointment fixing" scandal. (.....more)

Video Clip Lands Top Judiciary in the Dock

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 24 (IPS) - An explosive, eight-minute video clip, that opposition lawmakers allege implicates a controversial lawyer and a top judge by showing them conspiring to 'fix' high profile cases and the promotion of judges, has shaken the country and sparked widespread demands for an investigation and overhaul of the judiciary. (.....more)

Malaysia’s Judiciary Embarrassed Again (Video)

Mat Salleh. Asia Sentinel   
20 September 2007
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, they’re on Candid Camera
Malaysia’s embattled judiciary, already facing a long series of allegations over its independence and under attack by the country’s Conference of Rulers who are blocking the appointment of a new chief judge, has taken another body blow with the release of an eight-minute video clip showing a politically well-connected senior lawyer purportedly in telephone conversation with the then-Chief Judge of Malaya, discussing the appointment of politically pliable senior judges. (...more)

Malaysia's Anwar continues to protect whistleblower
Saturday, October 06 KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Former Malaysian deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim on Friday continued to protect the sources of a video recording purportedly showing a lawyer fixing judicial appointments.(......more)


A Malaysian Inquiry Panel Goes Now

Kim Quek   

05 October 2007 , Asia Sentinel
An “independent” panel looking into the tainted naming of Malaysia’s judges appears to be closely tied to the ruling party
No sooner had Malaysia’s lawyers marched on the administrative capital of Putrajaya on September 26 to demand an inquiry into the politically tainted naming of the country’s judges than their spirit was doused by the Malaysian Bar Council president’s hasty acceptance on the same day of a three-person “independent” panel hurriedly announced by Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on the previous day Sept 25. (.....more)
Malaysian scandal tarnishes premier
By Anil Netto
Asia Times Online  Aug 31, 2007


By: Lim Kit Siang 25/09/07
Disbelief, shock and outrage – these three feelings sum up the general reaction to news of the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of the three-man independent panel set up by the government to investigate the authenticity of the Lingam Tape of a telephone conversation between a senior lawyer V.K. Lingam and Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim in 2002 on fixing of judicial appointments and perversion of the course of justice. (...more)

Malaysia sets up panel to probe judicial scandal
Tue Sep 25, 2007

By Jalil Hamid

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia ordered a special inquiry on Tuesday into claims that a senior lawyer had used his political connections to fix judicial appointments. (.....more)
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