Abdullah Badawi doesn’t see the need for a royal commission on the judiciary in the light of Justice Ian Chin’s revelations of Mahathir’s threats to remove judges. Such a commission is badly needed to comprehensively investigate the 1988 judicial crisis and the undermining of judicial independence and integrity since then.
From The Star today:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said this was because the Government had decided to reform the judiciary.
“Tak habis-habis dengan cerita ini (The matter seems to be dragging on). I don’t see a reason for another commission. We are going to implement the reforms,” he told reporters at his office yesterday.
The Prime Minister should know that this “cerita” is not going to “habis” anytime soon if we don’t get to the bottom of the judicial rot and institute far-reaching reforms.
A retired health inspector, Andrew Noel Thangam, who spent a large part of his working life in Abdullah’s home town of Kepala Batas, had this to say:
Mr Prime Minister, the high hopes I had for you have been shattered and destroyed by your refusal to have a royal commission on the judiciary. Are you in the same boat as Mahathir for you not to want such a commission?