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Spartan Rejection

Still swamped with work, figured I’d side track a bit and do a VK Lingam related comic 🙂 Enjoy!

Lingam Deals #1

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January 31, 2008 at 1:26 am

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Lazar’s Response to Lingam

An outrageous lie, claims Lazar

KUALA LUMPUR: Calling it an attempt to discredit him, lawyer Robert Lazar hit out at Datuk V.K. Lingam for alleging that he had lobbied for a position as an appellate judge.

“It’s an outrageous lie,” the senior partner with Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co told the inquiry yesterday.

Lazar, 50, was given the chance to answer allegations made against him the previous day that he had sought Lingam’s help in arranging a meeting with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s son, Mirzan.

Lingam had told the inquiry that Lazar was “desperate” in wanting a seat at the Court of Appeal.

In his 20-minute testimony yesterday, a calm and collected Lazar said Lingam’s allegations were intended to discredit him during the inquiry.

“It was also an attempt to disqualify me as a representative of the Malaysian Bar in this inquiry. It was an attack on my credibility as a lawyer.”

Questioned by Malaysian Bar counsel Yeo Yang Poh, Lazar said he had no reason to abandon his career to seek a judicial post.

“At that time (in early 2000), I was 43 years old and had no reason to abandon my legal career of more than 20 years.”

He said the “request” to Lingam never arose in whatever manner.

Lingam had alleged he had a drink with Lazar when the latter allegedly asked him if he could ask Mirzan for the favour as Lingam was then representing the former premier’s son in a case.

“I categorically deny I had a drink with Lingam at any time,” said Lazar.

Lingam’s council, R. Thayalan, however, pressed on during cross-examination.

“I would suggest to you and based on Lingam’s sworn testimony that you had a drink at the Seng Nam Restaurant, here, where you asked him to speak to Dr Mahathir through Mirzan for the position.”

Lazar denied this, adding that the conversation did not take place.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 30th January 2008 (link)

Thayalan’s mention of Seng Nam Restaurant is interesting since it could mean that Lingam has some proof that the conversation took place. Somehow I don’t think this allegation against Lazar will come up again however, it was just an attack and nothing more. But wait, Lingam did achieve something with his slander:

  1. Wasted the RC’s time (the more time spent being sidetracked the better, I suspect they have an internal cut-off date)
  2. Wasted column inches in the newspapers
  3. Wasted my time documenting this accusation + denial

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January 30, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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Ahmad Fairuz Testifies to the RC Part 2

Ahmad Fairuz was questioned again by lawyers at the RC yesterday, strangely enough it was mostly a repeat of what he had said the day before. The following articles were published on 30th January 2008:

NST (link)
The Star (link)

The Star’s article proved more interesting. Fairuz stated it was improper for a lawyer and judge to go on holiday together. Wee Choo Keong also got to confront Fairuz, I wonder how it feels to confront the man who prevented him from becoming MP?

Wee continued with his question on the election petition filed to nullify him as the MP for Bukit Bintang in 1995.

He pointed out that if Ahmad Fairuz had decided based on facts and law, why was it that he singularly elected a losing candidate – Dr Lee Chong Meng – to fill the vacancy left by him (Wee) when there were two other people listed as petitioners.

Wee: That’s why Lingam said you suffered so much.

Haidar: The question has been answered. He already said the decision was based on facts and law.

Wee: I’m asking a few questions. Why Tan Sri finds it so difficult? I’m going to ask him a few questions and then I’m going to sit down.

Haidar: Based on my experience sitting here for the last 10 days …

Wee (smiling): I thought we made up already, Tan Sri?

Haidar (also smiling): Be careful with your choice of words (amid laughter).

To Wee’s earlier question, Ahmad Fairuz said he could not remember whether there were two other petitioners besides Dr Lee.

Wee: I say that there are three candidates.

Ahmad Fairuz: If you say so.

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January 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

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Vincent Tan Testifies to the RC

Tan Sri Vincent Tan took the witness stand yesterday. The following related articles were published on 30th January 2008:

NST (link)
The Star (link)


  1. First knew Lingam in the 1970s during his tenure as unit manager at American International Assurance
  2. Lost touch with Lingam then renewed it when Lingam represented him in legal matters
  3. Described Lingam as a diligent lawyer
  4. His relationship with Lingam was not very close
  5. Stated that the man in the video looks like Lingam and sounds like Lingam but not 100% sure it is him
  6. Did not bother to lodge a police report over the clip as he was busy and it was pointless
  7. Did not know if Lingam or Eusoff Chin had numbers registered with Digi
  8. Denied influencing Tun Mahathir to appoint Tun Ahmad Fairuz as President of The Court of Appeal
  9. First knew Dr Mahathir in the early 1980s when he brought McDonald’s to Malaysia
  10. First met Tengku Adnan sometime in the 1980s or 1990s via a member of the Pahang royal family
  11. Will be re-evaluating his professional relationship with Lingam

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January 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

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Dzaiddin Abdullah Testifies to the RC

Former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah took the witness stand yesterday. The following relevant articles were published on 30th January 2008:


Dzaiddin: I was marginalised (link)

Tan Sri-ship awarded was ‘irregular’ (link)

The Star

Eusoff lacked leadership (link)


  1. Dzaiddin disliked his predecessor Eusoff Chin but did not hate him
  2. Felt marginalised by Eusoff Chin, not part of the ‘inner circle’
  3. The Tan Sri-ship conferred on Tun Ahmad Fairuz in 2002 was improper as it was based on a recommendation by deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor (it is typically based on recommendations by the CJ)
  4. Tun Mahathir had twice rejected his recommendation that Tan Sri Badul Malek Ahmad be elevated to be CJ
  5. Tun Mahathir countered with a recommendation of Tan Sri Mokhtar and Ahmad Fairuz
  6. Had recommended 5 names to Tun Mahathir for promotion to High Court judges in October 2001, 3 of the names were mentioned in the video clip
  7. In June 2002 six judges were promoted to the Court of Appeal
    1. Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohamad
    2. Datuk Richard Malanjum
    3. Datuk Arifin Zakaria
    4. Datuk Wira Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff
    5. Datuk Hashim Yusoff
    6. Datuk Pajan Singh Gill
  8. Abdul Aziz Mohamad and Arifin Zakaria were recommended by Dzaiddin, the others possibly by the Chief Secretary

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January 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Rice for Votes

Wan Azizah to defend her seat

GEORGE TOWN: Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the sole Parti Keadilan Rakyat representative in Penang, has confirmed that she would seek re-election in the coming general election.


Meanwhile, state PKR deputy chairman Jason Ong Khan Lee lodged a police report against Bukit Bendera MP Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye and Kebun Bunga assemblyman Quah Kooi Heong, claiming that both men had bribed Rifle Range flat residents with bags of rice.

He claimed that residents were given rice bags carrying the BN logo and told to vote for the coalition in the general election.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 29th January 2008 (link)

This is truly bizarre – I’m talking about rice for votes of course. Last year at Ijok, cash was given for votes. This year…rice? I have to ask:

Is BN so poor they have to give out rice instead?

Are Penang citizens so cheap that rice is more effective at buying votes compared to money?

A friend of mine commented that for Asians, rice is life as it is a primary food source for many of us. So by giving rice, BN is giving life. Its an amusing interpretation though of course far too abstract an idea to be used to convince the average voter. Excellent, excellent material for comics though 🙂

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January 29, 2008 at 11:55 pm

RC Ignores Third Video

New segment gets the short shrift

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Commission of Inquiry was yesterday told that a third segment of the video clip purportedly showing Datuk V.K. Lingam discussing judicial appointment with a judge had just been released.

Counsel M. Puravalen, who is representing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said this after learning that his client would not be called to give evidence to the commission.

Commission chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor said it was unwise for Anwar to release the clip on an instalment basis.

“Don’t do it like that. We have a job to do here. Please tell your client that we cannot be dancing to his tune,” he added.

Another commission member, Datuk Mahadev Shankar, said previously Anwar had broadcast the two earlier clips to the entire world.

“Now, he wants to share it with us,” he said.

Haidar told Puravalen to inform Anwar to get in touch with deputy public prosecutor Datuk Nordin Hassan, who is assisting in the inquiry.

An eight-minute clip was released on Sept 19 and a 14-minute clip on Dec 19 last year.

The new segment allegedly implicated another former chief justice for allegedly receiving bribes from a senior lawyer and a business tycoon.

Businessman Loh Mui Fah said in a statement yesterday that he had asked his son Gwo Burne, who recorded the video, to do everything possible to recover all records of it.

“This is to ensure the commission is not disrupted by further possible revelations of other clips taken that evening.

“I believe that production of the recordings may assist the commission in its task,” he added.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 29th January 2008 (link)

Well I’m not surprised, though Haidar should have told off Whistle Blower, not Anwar. That did not stop Anwar from having a press conference expressing his disappointment of the RC for not allowing case fixing and ignoring the third video (its on www.malaysiakini.tv).

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January 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm

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Ahmad Fairuz Testifies to the RC

Ahmad Fairuz took the witness stand yesterday. The following related articles were published on 29 January 2008:

It was not me talking to Lingam (link)

The Star
Former CJ: I did not call Lingam (link)

Video clip related statements

  1. Viewed the video on his former secretary’s computer but it was not clear and kept breaking (most likely streaming – ak57)
  2. Was given a copy of the news article and transcript of the video on the evening of 19 September 2007, by his former secretary
  3. Felt it was defamatory but claimed it was a fabrication and the man speaking was trying to impress his listeners
  4. Had written to the PM, DPM and Nazri on the allegation and his position.
  5. Did not lodge a police report when the video clip was posted online last year because the news portal revealed that a report would be lodged with ACA and Bar Council
  6. Did not want to file a defamation suit as newspaper articles did not name him as the person speaking to Lingam
  7. Was not the man speaking to Lingam and the contents of the transcript were false, and just a monologue
  8. Did not respond to reporters as he did not want to jeopardise ACA investigations
  9. Did not know Lingam’s number and had never given his mobile number to him
  10. Had not met or contacted Lingam after September 19, 2007
  11. Could not identify Lingam in the video clip, but said the voice was similar

Corruption related statements

  1. Knew Lingam, Vincent Tan and Tengku Adnan thru functions and official business
  2. Had only met VK Lingam once or twice in court and once at the PM’s residence
  3. Never had a meeting with Lingam, Vincent Tan and Tengku Adnan to secure his appointment as President of the Court of Appeal and Chief Justice
  4. Never sought the help of Tengku Adnan and Vincent Tan through VK Lingam to confirm his position as President of the Court of Appeal
  5. Never made a plan or pact between himself, Lingam, Vincent Tan and Tengku Adnan to secure his appointment as President of the Court of Appeal and Chief Justice at any time
  6. Does not know if Dzaiddin ever recommended Abdul Malek Ahmad as CJ
  7. Denied calling Lingam to thank him for his efforts in securing his job position

Nothing surprising to me here really, he gave ok answers explaining his silence to the public after the clip was released. Why did nobody ask about the day Nazri spoke on his behalf though? Fairuz could have released a statement saying he is maintaining his silence until the ACA investigation is completed, that seems safe enough whether he is guilty or innocent. Maybe Fairuz is just arrogant and doesn’t care about public view of the Chief Justice? *shrugs*

The ‘news portal’ is Malaysiakini by the way, NST has yet to acknowledge its existence directly. Reading NST and Star can be quite amusing as both are controlled by the government. If you read the Star article they mentioned Malaysiakini specifically. I’m not sure when they started though, I rarely read The Star as I have never read anything it that was not biased towards the government.

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January 29, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Lingam Tagging and Fishing Along

Eusoff: Lingam asked to tag along for fishing trip at Lake Wakatipu

KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam had asked former Chief Justice Tun Eusoff Chin if he could tag along during a fishing trip in Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Eusoff told the Royal Commission of Inquiry that Queenstown was a small place that was slightly bigger than a village and there was nothing much to do.

“My family and I were walking around and I suddenly saw this place, where there were many boats for hire at a reasonable fare.

“When I finished filling up the forms, I realised Lingam was behind me. He said ‘Where are you going? Can I come along? He then asked the boatman how many people can ride on the boat’,” he said.

At this juncture, Ranjit Singh, counsel for the Malaysian Bar, asked if Lingam and his family were walking around together with them.

“If Lingam was not walking with you, how did he tag along for the trip? Are you suggesting that it was another coincidence?” he asked.

Eusoff denied that Lingam and his family were walking with him. He said Lingam could have spotted him at the pier as Queenstown was a small place.

He also said he did not know why his holiday itinerary was sent to a person by the name of Jeyanthi instead of his own secretary.

(In his testimony, Lingam had confirmed that he had a secretary by that name).

Eusoff said it was a procedure for him to hand out a circular that he was going on a holiday to inform the judges of his replacement.

– quoted from an article published in The Star on 29th January 2008 (link)

Lingam suddenly appeared behind Eusoff? He really is a stalker! 🙂 A comic I did previously :

Stalking Lingam

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January 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm

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Lingam Slanders Lazar

Eusoff Chin’s counsel, Mohd Fozi Mat Zain, asked Lingam if anyone had ever asked him to see the chief justice to procure an appointment as a judicial commissioner or judge.”Someone did approach me for help, not to see Eusoff Chin but to see Dr Mahathir so that he could become a Court of Appeal judge,” Lingam replied.

Chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor then asked: “Was this during Eusoff Chin’s time?”

Lingam: Yes. He told me to see Dr Mahathir’s son Mirzan, whom I was acting for then. I told him Mirzan was a client, not a friend, so I couldn’t see him about that.

At this juncture, Ranjit took the floor and asked Lingam: “Were you close to this person who had sought your assistance to be a Court of Appeal judge?

Lingam: He was well known to me, but we were not very close.

Ranjit: Did you socialise with this person?

Lingam: No.

Ranjit: Why do you feel that this person was under the impression that you had connections to Dr Mahathir, that you would be able to procure his appointment?

Lingam: I guess this person really wanted to be on the Bench. He was desperate and wanted to go straight up to the Court of Appeal like Gopal Sri Ram.

Court of Appeal judge Datuk Gopal Sri Ram was a lawyer before he entered the judicial service.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal without becoming a judicial commissioner or High Court judge.

Lingam: He believed that if he had asked me to see Eusoff Chin, he would become a judicial commissioner first. He was acting for the other side in a case I was involved in at the time.

Lingam then added: “His name is Robert Lazar and he is a partner in Shearn Delamore.”

Haidar then interjected that the question was never asked nor raised by the counsel in the enquiry.

When Ranjit asked Lingam when Lazar had allegedly made the request, he replied: “Early 2000.”

– quoted from an article published in NST on 29th January 2008 (link)

Nice bit of cooperation by Eusoff Chin’s lawyer, directing the questions so VK Lingam could slander Robert Lazar. Isn’t that risky though? Without photographs, an audio/video recording or a witness, how can Lingam prove that Lazar requested his help in becoming an appellate judge? Maybe Lingam is just lashing out at him after the grilling he got about the NZ trip. He wasn’t done though, he attacked his brother too (NST article link)

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January 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm

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