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Archive for December 2007

Lingam RC Terms of Reference

Lingam video inquiry starts Jan 14

KUALA LUMPUR: The Commission of Inquiry formed to investigate the Lingam video clip will sit for two weeks from Jan 14 next year and it will be in open court.Chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor said the commission would investigate whether there was misconduct by anyone identified in the video clip.

“We will begin our investigations on Jan 14, when we will call the first witness,” he said yesterday after the commission held its first meeting.

Two senior deputy public prosecutors will prepare a list of witnesses who the commission could call.

They are Datuk Nordin Hassan, the Anti-Corruption Agency’s prosecution division chief, and Datuk Azmi Ariffin, the head of the commercial crime division in the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Haidar said Nordin and Azmi could propose up to 30 witnesses, but “maybe 10 would be called”.

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Some of the commission’s terms of reference are:

– to ascertain the truth of the content of the conversation in the video clip;

– to determine whether any act of misbehaviour had been committed by the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip; and,

– to recommend any appropriate action to be taken against the person or persons identified or mentioned in the video clip should such person or persons be found to have committed any misbehaviour

– quoted from an article published in NST on 19th December 2007 (link)

Just wanted to note the terms of reference – as expected it won’t result in any change in the selection of judges, at best VK Lingam gets some form of punishment. I am expecting the Royal Commission to call up VK Lingam, Fairuz, Mahathir and the various judges mentioned as well as any other higher-ups officially involved in the selection of judges for promotion. Most likely they will deny allegations of corruption or give an, “I don’t recall” type of excuse as popularised most recently by Alberto Gonzales (former AG of USA). Time to grab the popcorn and watch the drama unfold 🙂

Update:

Additional terms of reference from an article published in NST on 14th January 2008 (link)
– To ascertain the authenticity of the video clip.
– To identify the speaker, the person he was speaking to in the video clip and the persons mentioned in the conversation.

Authenticity again? Sigh.

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December 19, 2007 at 10:39 pm

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ISA Sooner Than Expected

DepressedI can’t believe its Thursday night already – been sleeping more than usual due to feeling depressed. Why? Because there’s just too much news to follow and digest, none of which is pleasant to read. Why did the police repeatedly detain and free Uthayakumar? To collect more bail from the poor fellow? Now he and the others have been put under ISA (not Waythamoorthy though, not sure where he is – overseas perhaps?). Sixty days of isolation followed by at least two years of prison. It is a shame I never bothered to go and meet the man and offer help, I am uncertain now who will take over HINDRAF’s struggle or maintain their website, www.policewatchmalaysia.com.

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December 13, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Tian Chua’s Arrest

What If #2

Torched Car

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December 12, 2007 at 10:16 pm

Posted in AK57 Comics, Human Rights

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Depressing chain of events

Very SadI am so sad and tired – events this past one and a half months has left little time for me to juggle work and keeping up to date on the ongoing demonisation of the Opposition, NGOs – anyone that questions the status quo basically. It has been quite a while since my last post and comic, but here are the things I plan on writing on hopefully by Christmas:

  1. The November Bersih Rally
  2. The Hindraf Rally
  3. The mockery of Human Right’s Day by the government
  4. The crackdown after that

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December 12, 2007 at 11:25 am