Yesterday it was the IGP who was on the wrong end of a High Court decision when he, as the then Selangor police chief, was held responsible for the death in custody of A Kugan.
High Court judge V T Singham courageously held that IGP Khalid Abu Bakar was responsible for Kugan’s death in a landmark decision. Calls for Khalid’s removal are gathering momentum, with opposition MPs already calling for him to quit.
Today, it is the turn of the Home Minister Zahid Hamidi to face a legal setback. The Federal Court application has rejected his application to dismiss the assault suit against him which is now in the High Court. The suit was filed by a businessman who suffered a nasal bone fracture and a swollen eye in the alleged assault. Should Zahid continue to remain in office while the case is in progress?
Yesterday, a Terengganu Umno state assembly member passed away, paving the way for a crunch by-election that could determine the fate of the BN-led Terengganu state government.
Will we have indelible ink in this by-election? The Election Commission continues to face the heat and widespread ridicule over the ‘indelible’ ink fiasco after it was revealed that food dye was among the ingredients – though the Commission insists silver nitrate was also used.
All this less than a fortnight after top of the Umno Tower in Penang came crashing down, killing two people on the road below and piercing deep into the earth, on 14 June.
Another way of looking at it is that public confidence in the institutions of governance has plunged since the reformasi era.