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.
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Dear Anil: I was shocked to learn the death of Allahyarraham Justice Azmi Kamaruddin, who who one of the five judges dismissed by the Dictator unreasonably and unlawfully during the Tun Salleh Abas crisis. Until last Justice Azmi stood his ground. As the Managing Editor of the Current Law Journal, I had a close relationship with almost all the Justices, including Justice Azmi between 1981 and 1988. During my interviews with him I found him to be humble, honest and strait forward. Of course he was critical of the Maha Administration – he expressed it to me openly. No one… Read more »
MAY THE ALMIGHTY WHOSOEVER OR WHATEVER HIS MOST SUPREME NAME MAY BE SHOWER HIS BLESSINGS TO HIS CREATION WHO HAD STOOD BY JUSTICE ALL HIS WORLD EXISTENCE AS AJUDGE ON THE ALMIGHTY’S DOMAIN. LET’S A;; SAY A SILENT PRAYER …..AL FATIHAH, AMIN YA RABBUL ALAMIN.
He is gone from this earth to meet his maker, but he has nothing to fear. We do not need fear for him. I am sure of it.
That is what I would say to his bereaved family.
Good men to go to heaven earlier. While despots and the corrupt seems to live forever.