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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).

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Written by ak57

September 27, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Posted in Local News, Nazri Nonsense

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March for Justice

What a shame I couldn’t go for yesterday’s march, the turnout was very impressive indeed – an estimated 2000 people including lawyers and members of the general public attended. First there was a gathering at the Palace of Justice:

Palace of Justice Gathering

Some of the buses that were ferrying people (from town I believe) were stopped by police. The dedicated passengers got off and walked an estimated 5km to the Palace. Awesome. Then the 2.5 km walk began at high noon, there’s a picture below to illustrate the size of the procession though I ran it thru a filter to prevent anyone’s face from being recognised :

A very, very long procession

Some time after they reached it started raining, but still most of the protestors put up with it and waited for the Bar Council representatives to deliver the memorandum. No FRU spraying the crowd, or arrests made or government moles starting riots – perhaps the government has learned a lesson after what happened recently in Terengganu?

*Update 30th September 2007* – NST has published a report on the march (link)

Written by ak57

September 27, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Posted in Local News

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