Your MP’s Question of the Week #5

(Terjemahan ada berikut di bawah)
– 翻译员:cc liew, Wee Choo Keong 致于万二分谢意 )

As reported in thestar online here. PM Abdullah Badawi said:

“Let us move on. The judiciary must be revitalised to enable it to serve the people in pursuit of justice. The judiciary must be fortified to be an institution that serves the democratic principle of separation of powers. The judiciary must be the guardian of the Constitution and the sentinel of the people’s rights.

“This Government gives its commitment to the Malaysian public that it will begin a process of judicial reform. We recognise that this process must be undertaken with the spirit and belief that no one, not even those entrusted to govern or to make laws, must assume to be above the law.

“This Government continues to guard against abuse of its powers, and is now proposing measures to further solidify and entrench the doctrines of good governance and the rule of law….

“Therefore, the Government proposes a change to make the process of nominating, appointing and promoting judges more transparent and representative.

“I am pleased to announce to you tonight that the Government is proposing the setting up of a Judicial Appointments Commission to identify and recommend candidates for the judiciary to the Prime Minister.”

In order to genuinely move on, should the PM immediately appoint these towering judicial personalities,” as honoured by the PM yesterday, who were the former Supreme Court Judges – YAA Tun Salleh Abas, YA Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin, YA Datuk Seri George Seah and YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah – as permanent members of the Judicial Appointments Commission together with the President of the Bar Council, and, also appoint YAA Tun Salleh Abas as its first Chairman?

– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –
Soalan Mingguan WR Anda #5

Seperti yang dilaporkan di thestar online, Perdana Menteri berkata:

“Mari kita mara ke hadapan. Kehakiman mesti dihidupkan semula supaya dapat menyumbang kepada orang ramai dalam persoalan keadilan. Kehakiman mesti dikukuhkan sebagai satu badan yang menghayati prinsip demokrasi yang bernama pembahagian kuasa. Kehakiman mesti menjadi penjaga perlembagaan dan hak-hak orang awam.

“Kerajaan memberi janjian kepada semua rakyat bahawa ia akan memulakan proses pemulihan kehakiman. Kami mengenali proses ini mesti dijalankan dengan semangat dan kepercayaan bahawa tiada sesiapa, walaupun adalah pihak yng diamanahkan kuasa untuk memerintah dan menggubal undang-undang, boleh dianggap di luar kuasa undang-undang.

“Kerajaan terus berwaspada kepada salahguna kuasa dan mencadangkan langkah-langkah mengukuhkan doktrin pemerintahan baik dan berdasarkan undang-undang….

“Oleh itu kerajaan mencadangkan perubahan proses mencalon, melantik dan menaik pangkat para hakim supaya proses ini lebih terbuka dan berperwakilan

“Saya dengan sukacitanya memaklumkam bahawa kerajaan mencadangkan penubuhan Jawatankuasa Perlantikan Hakim untuk mengesan dan mencadangkan calon-calon kepada Perdana Menteri”

(note penterjemah: tiada pembaharuan kerana PM masih melantik hakim-hakim atas prihatinnya sendiri. Yang beza adalah PM tak payah cari calon sendiri tetapi kata muktamad masih ada padanya tetapi pembayar cukai kena membiayai satu lagi jawatankuasa lagi)

Demi “mara depan”, patutkah PM melantik dengan segera, tokoh-tokoh kehakiman yang dianugerahkan semalam oleh PM, bekas hakim-hakim Mahkamah Tertinggi, YAA Tun Salleh Abas, YA Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin, YA Datuk Seri George Seah dan YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah sebagai ahli tetap jawatankuasa tersebut dengan presiden Bar Council dan melantik YAA Tun Salleh Abas sebagai pengerusi pertama?

9 thoughts on “Your MP’s Question of the Week #5

  1. Anonymous

    By the way who is the CEO of SCOMI? Shah Hakam. Who is he? Shah Hakam is the son-in-law of Tun Salleh Abas. So food for thought? After 4 yers in office as PM and the result of the GE on 8th March, Pak Lah suddenly realised that he had to do justice to the “Towering Judicial Personalities”. How noble? Noble! Bull shit! He is doing all this to deflect the UMKNO pressures exerted on him to resign. His days are numbered. The people are not impressed by his bull shit. He was doing all this to save himself, SIL, son and his cronies. Bar Council president was licking him up the ar.. By the way the Bar Council dinner on 17th April was sponsored by the Goverment.So judge for yourself whether this is the genuine attempt by Pak Lah to do justice to Tun Salleh and others. Don’t you think that Bar Council has been made used of by Pak Lah for his own agenda. By the way the Bar Council president, Ms Ambiga, is now rewarded with the title of Datuk! Fantastic! the Bar should be proud of their presidnet who is now Datuk Ambiga. If {Pak Lah is still the PM, she better prya for it, I am not surprise if she is conferred with the title of Tan Sri!

  2. Syah

    YB, Maybe not all of the ex-judges (as I believe that some of them are quite old and not in the best of health), but definitely Tun Salleh Abbas. I think it makes perfect sense.

  3. Anonymous

    Appointment of the members of the Judicial Appointment Commission should be in the hand of the PM. We should not support the PM to be the one who nominate the memebrs of such commission.If we trust Pak Lah then we will definitely go to hell. Pak Lah has lost control of the whole goverment machineries. So he must not be allowed to do the chosing of the members of the Judicial Appointment Commission.Once we gave the right to chose memebers of the said commission to Pak Lahy then we are actually passing on the right of appointment to the 4th floor boys and girals!!We cannot afford another round of problems that we have seen in our judiciary for almsot 20 years.

  4. Wee Choo Keong

    anon 19-4-08 @ 8:04When all the 9 MPs (except YB Dr Lo Lo) were present in the forum and brought up all the issues. Saravanan was silent. When I ticked him off over his press statement in the NST, Saravanan did not utter a word. He was like a mouse. When the Pakatan Rakyat MPs were not there, Saravanan suddenly has the courage to speak up. We have brought up so many issues. The ineffiencies of the DBKL, the planning permission and Development Orders were issued not in accordance with DBKL guidelines and policies and the bad image of DBKL (i.e. corruption is synonymous with DBKL and DBKL is synonymous with corruption.Please see my posting on the issues that we have given to the Ministry of WP via Datuk Bandar KL office for answers. But until this date there was no answer/respond from the Ministry of WP. Ministry of WP is a redundant organisation. Its function overlapped with that of Datuk Bandar KL. Datuk Bandar has all the powers under the Federal Capital Act and the MInister of WP has none. Further, in 1995 the Ministry of WP was abolished. KL funtion the same way as it is now. The Minitry of WP was re-established in 2004 under Badawi. There is no good reason to re-established this Ministry. It is a waste of public fund. Million of Ringgit had to be spent to Keep Zulhasnan and Saravanan happy.Zulhasnan is the sole BN MP in WP and he was not qualified to be appointeed as Minister of WP. It is just like in Selngor where Pakatan Rakyat has the majority in the State Assembly and Tan Sri Khalid, the PKR Adun) is appointed MB for Selangor.The BN government must not waste taxpayers money just to sustain the redundant Ministry of FT fopr hte sole objective of keeping Saravanan and Zulhasnan happy!

  5. Anonymous

    YB,You have asked the most appropriate and reasonable question. If the PM has any honesty and integrity left, he must do the necessary – otherwise he is just a cheap-talk liar STILL.

  6. hakimbuta

    Appoint Tun Salleh Abas as its first Chairman? What is Pak Lah if it doesn’t involve family?Beware, people. Tun Salleh Abas’s son-in-law (married to his youngest daughter) is Shah Hakim Zain, CEO of Scomi. He together with Bodohwi’s son, Kamaluddin Abdullah of our present Kerajaan Tiga Beranak fame are partners in a venture called Kaspadu.Kaspadu has controlling shares in Scomi. Another partner and said to be the seed capital provider of Kaspadu was ISA detainee named BSA Tahir.Ostensibly BSA Tahir has been detained by Pak Lah under ISA since Pak Lah came into power and seemingly locked away for good arising from a controversial nuclear centrifuge scandal exposed by the CIA that involved Kamaluddin. “You sit tight behind the slammers and keep a low profile inside there and we amply reward you later on once the storm blew over, that’s about what Bodohwi may say to the poor fella.Since then, the two partners forced BSA’s wife to sell his portion of shares for cheap.Justice from Bodohwi? My foot!Come clean on the BSA Tahir detention. Why is Kamaluddin not detained? Even the food-for-Iraqi oil scandal involving Bodohwi while he was foreigh minister under Mahathir’s rule remains a mystery to all. Everything about the incumbent Prime Minister of Malaysia smacks of scandal, corruption and controversy.Be very aware, people of Malaysia.

  7. Anonymous

    Wow! Salleh Abas pun itu macam. If dia tak itu macam Bodohwi takan guna Bar Council buat ini function. Bar Council was made used of bythe 4th Floor boys to divert attention. We know that the Bar Council knew about the arrangement for the dinner well ahead of 17th April but its President Ambiga (oh! now Datuk already one)saw it fit to announce about the government sponsorship in Bar website on 15th April (2 days before the dinner).But Datuk Ambiga chose not to announce in the press. WHY? Because she did not want the government sponsorship dinner to be known to the public. What a nonsense? Bar Council was suppose to be independent – now it is just like a poodle for the govrnment!

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