Former Supreme Court Judge Azmi Kamaruddin passed away last night at the age of 75.
He will forever be remembered for standing up, along with his colleagues, in defence of the Judiciary when its independence was under severe assault in 1988 during the Mahathir administration.
Azmi was one of five Supreme Court Judges – the others were George Seah, Wan Hamzah Mohd Salleh, the late Eusoffe Abdolcadeer and the late Wan Suleiman Pawanteh – who tried to stop the removal of Tun Salleh Abas, who had been suspended as Lord President.
These five shone like a beacon of justice at a time when the judiciary was shrouded in darkness.
The five were themselves suspended – though Azmi, Wan Hamzah and Eusoffe were later reinstated and served until their retirement.
Their personal sacrifice to further the cause of justice and judicial independence will forever be remembered.