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Official Secrets Leak

Questions over how secret info was leaked out

KUALA LUMPUR: If judicial appointments are kept secret by those in the Prime Minister’s Department, how did a lawyer come to know about them?

This question was posed by Datuk Mahadev Shankar, a member of the Royal Commission of Inquiry at its hearing yesterday.

Former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Samsudin Osman had testified earlier that former chief justice Tun Dzaiddin Abdullah had received a letter dated Dec 5, 2001 approving the nomination of three individuals as High Court judges.

“The three were secretary-general Datuk Heliliah Mohd Yusof, judicial commissioners Datuk Ramly Ali and Datuk Ahmad Maarop, while two lawyers who had also been recommended, Dr Andrew Peng Hui and Zainuddin Ismail, were rejected,” he said, replying to inquiry officer Datuk Nordin Hassan.

Yesterday was day three of the hearing into the 14-minute clip featuring prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam allegedly discussing judicial appointments with former chief justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim.

Mahadev pointed out that only those privy to the letter, marked Rahsia (secret), would have known about the two rejections.


The letter dated Dec 5, 2001 is consistent with assertions that Lingam made in the 14-minute clip where he is seen mentioning that Chew and Zainuddin had been rejected.

Samsudin testified that the letter was signed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in response to Dzaiddin’s letter dated Oct 2, 2001 recommending Heliliah, Ramly, Ahmad, Chew and Zainuddin as High Court judges.


During Samsudin’s testimony, Nordin tendered 30 exhibits comprising letters and memoranda showing the paper trail of Ahmad Fairuz’s various appointments.

The documents include Dzaiddin’s letters to Dr Mahathir recommending Ahmad Fairuz for the posts of chief judge of Malaya and president of the Court of Appeal, memoranda from the Prime Minister’s Office to the Conference of Rulers and the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal for the purposes of approving the appointments.

– quoted from an article published in NST on 17th January 2008 (link)

Image of the 5th December 2001 letter:

Mahathir’s Letter to Dzaiddin

Finally some evidence comes to light that strengthens the case against VK Lingam – so far all the news that I had come across indicated that whatever he had stated in the video was information in the public domain or explainable as mere speculation.

But if he is shown stating information that is an Official Secret known only to the PM, Chief Justice and Chief Secretary (and their respective offices) then that is serious indeed. Regardless of when the video was recorded (2001-2007, whenever) VK Lingam would never have known about the two names that were dropped, unless there was an information leak by one of the three individuals/offices I just mentioned.

No wonder he has not admitted that he is the man in the video clip!

I’ll admit my naivete here in relation to my initial analysis of the video – it should have been obvious that since Malaysiakini’s research showed no official nomination/rejection of Dr. Andrew Peng or Zainuddin Ismail then the rejection would have been an official secret (as has just been proven). I guess Tun Mahathir may have to serve up some sacrificial lamb to explain the leak?

Written by ak57

January 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Lingam RC, Local News

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