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Minister’s words unbecoming

Lawyers’ march unbecoming, says Nazri

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the lawyers’ march was “unbecoming” given that the authenticity of the videotape recording had yet to be determined.

He also shot down the Bar Council’s memorandum to the prime minister asking that a permanent judicial commission be in charge of judicial appointments.

“There’s no need (for such a judicial commission) as there is no crisis in our judiciary,” said Nazri.

“No crisis, no problems. I don’t see any scandal.

“This are all efforts by the opposition to create distrust and erode public confidence in the judiciary.

“They wish that we can be like Pakistan, but it isn’t.” (He was referring to street protests by lawyers there over the sacking of the country’s top judge.)

Nazri was speaking after attending a breaking of fast for staff of the legal affairs division in the Prime Minister’s Department.

On the regulation of judges’ conduct, Nazri said judges had their own peer system by which they regulated each other. … (cut)

– quoted from an article published in NST on 27th September 2007 (link)

Regardless of a visible crisis or not, there is a need for a judicial commission. Otherwise the practise of ‘Jobs for the boys’ (cronyism) will be kept in place. I guess since Nazri may want such practises to be maintained he has no choice but to just refuse to entertain the request. No problems? For goodness’ sake man, 2000 people just marched in protest earlier that day. Not uneducated masses, but working lawyers – a difficult course to learn, pass and be good enough to get a job. Nazri’s denial is deplorable, like a child slapping his hands to his ears and saying ‘no-no-no’.

I think the Agong can step in and straighten things out when someone as high up as the Chief Justice is found to be corrupt, but its been a while since I read the Constituition, guess I’ll pick up a copy next time I’m out.

Peer systems don’t work when everyone is friend-friend with each other and rubs each others backs at every opportunity (yes I am exaggerating, but how much I have no idea).


Written by ak57

September 27, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Posted in Local News, Nazri Nonsense

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