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Eusoff Chin Testifies to the RC

Tun Eusoff Chin (former Chief Justice from 1994-2000) took the witness stand yesterday.

  1. Transcript of Eusoff Chin’s testimony published in NST on 19th January 2008 (link)
  2. (More descriptive) transcript of Eusoff Chin’s testimony published in The Star on 19th January 2008 (link)

Well this was quite a comedy, reading Eusoff Chin’s attempts to dismiss the NZ trip as nothing inappropriate. First he gets in trouble in 2000 (or was it 1999?) when the photos were exposed to the public, and now the same photos come back to haunt the old chap. The NST transcript highlighted answers where Eusoff spoke in a barely audible voice, as though he did not want to admit what he was saying.

After reading the testimony I can see why the lawyers are asking so many questions about the NZ trip alone, because they want to illustrate that Eusoff Chin’s integrity was compromised by VK Lingam due to their close relationship. Plus there is a wealth of evidence to show, its not like there is any similar evidence (yet) against Vincent Tan, Mahathir or Fairuz. Will Eusoff Chin join VK Lingam on the fire? Hmm…

My summary of his statements:

List of denials (i.e. Tun Eusoff Chin denied …)

  1. Knowing VK Lingam as a close friend, he was merely an ordinary acquantaince
  2. Knowing Vincent Tan personally but has met him at formal functions
  3. Discussing the appointment of five judges with Lingam
  4. Knowing that Dzaiddin hated him
  5. Being involved in the appointment of Tun Ahmad Fairuz as President of the Court of Appeal and as Chief Justice
  6. Meeting Lingam to discuss Tun Ahmad Fairuz’s appointment as President of the Court of Appeal and Chief Justice
  7. Discussing with Tengku Adnan or Tan Sri Vincent Tan the appointment of Tun Ahmad Fairuz as President of the Court of Appeal and as Chief Justice
  8. Having anything more than a normal lawyer-judge relationship with Lingam

NZ Trip related statements (i.e. Tun Eusoff Chin …)

  1. Went on a trip to NZ with his family
  2. Bumped into VK Lingam in Singapore
  3. Flew to Auckland with VK Lingam (and their families) on Dec 22nd 2004 from Singapore
  4. Flew to Christchurch from Auckland on Dec 26th 2004 with VK Lingam and his family
  5. Insisted that VK Lingam kept wanting to tag along the entire time in Auckland
  6. Does not remember exactly what they did in Auckland, had to rely on the planned itinerary
  7. Flew back to Auckland from Christchurch on Dec 30th 7am with VK Lingam and his family
  8. Flew back to Singapore on Dec 30th with his family, does not remember if VK Lingam accompanied him on that flight too
  9. Claims not to be able to control Lingam’s following of him wherever he went
  10. Took a van with VK Lingam and his family from Christchurch to Queenstown
  11. Does not remember if a man by the name of Tan Chong Paw was in the van
  12. Flew from Queenstown to Christchurch with VK Lingam and his family
  13. Explained that VK Lingam booked the tickets for the Queenstown to Christchurch flight
  14. Claims 5-10 photographs were taken with him and VK Lingam

Factual statements

  1. Eusoff first got to know VK Lingam when he was handling a case in his court, around 1990
  2. Eusoff identified the man in the video clip as sounding like VK Lingam

Ambiguous statements
Did not understand parts of the transcript read out to him
– “problems faced by Eusoff while he was in office”
– “All these people, Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, Tan Sri Zainon all fought for us”
– “I know how much you have suffered for Tun Eusoff Chin”
– “Eusoff Chin, I can straight get Pom, Pom, Pom, Pom”

Noteworthy evidence presented

  1. A newspaper article from The Sun dated 2000 where Eusoff Chin said he coincidentally bumped into Lingam while on an overseas trip
  2. A travel itinerary with the names Rohani (Eusoff Chin’s secretary) and Jeyanthi (VK Lingam’s secretary)
  3. A stack of photos taken of VK Lingam and Eusoff Chin while on holiday

The questioning was brought to an end by Haidar and Nordin when Ranjit started asking very detailed questions about the photographs taken on the NZ trip (I guess this is just to verify/authenticate the evidence). Both viewed that this line of questioning was outside the terms of reference of the inquiry. Mahadev was inclined to let Ranjit continue. However upon the suggestion of Steve Shim the testimony was postponed to next Monday in order for Eusoff Chin to get legal representation.

What’s interesting about this testimony to me is that Eusoff Chin can be proven right if VK Lingam has a history of stalking 🙂 Honestly, based on the transcript he sounds like the guy who never gets invited to parties yet always shows up uninvited, and everyone is too weak to kick him out so they just tolerate him. Know what I mean?

Stalking Lingam

Written by ak57

January 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm

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