Law minister told Parliament: BN government paid RM10.5 million as compensation to YAA Tun Salleh Abas and the other 5 judges

YB Datuk Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, the de facto Law Minister in his reply to the question raised during Committee Stage Debate in connection with the ex-gratia payment paid to the six judges is as follows:

1.   YAA Tun Mohamed Salleh Bin Abas        – RM5 million

2.   YA Datuk George Seah                            – RM2 million

3.   YA Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Bin Pawanteh  –  RM2 million

4.   YA Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader              – RM500,000.00

5.   YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah Mohd Salleh       – RM500,000.00

6.   YA Tan Sri Mohamed Azmi Kamaruddin   – RM500,000.00

Supplementary Question:

I asked  the de facto Law Minister, YB Datuk Nazri Abdul Aziz,  to clarify in this August House whether the six judges, that were sacked in 1987, have received their respective pensions and other entitlement.  Further, by paying the pension the Government has indirectly accepted that it was wrong in sacking the 6 Judges.

Minister replied that they have been receiving their pension all this while until today. The six judges have not been sacked but  they were asked to terminate their respective services.

1.   YAA Tun Mohamed Salleh Bin Abas        –  RM5,102.15 per month

2.   YA Datuk George Seah                            –  RM5,009.00 per month

3.   YA Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Bin Pawanteh   –  RM4,811.00 per month

4.   YA Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader              –  RM4,815.00 per month

5.   YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah Mohd Salleh       – RM6,500.00 per month

6.   YA Tan Sri Mohamed Azmi Kamaruddin   – RM5,195.00 per month

According the the Minister they have also received payments for gratuities from the Government.

YB Datuk Nazri also quoted an excerpt of the Prime Minister speech in April 2008 during the special dinner held under the name of Bar Council and the cost of RM81,000 for this dinner was paid for by the government.

“Therefore, the government would like to recognise the contributions of these six judges to the nation,    their commitment towards upholding justice and to acknowledge the pain and loss they have endured.

“In recognition of the contributions of the six outstanding judges, the government has decided to make goodwill ex-gratia payments to them.”

I asked the said Minister whether it was the Cabinet’s decision to pay the RM10.5 million compensation to the ex-Judges.  His reply was that the Cabinet decided to pay compensation ot the ex-judges but the amounts were left to the ex- de facto Law Minister, the then Senator Dauk Zaid Ibrahim.

– Terjemahan oleh Lee Wee Tak – Ucapan ribuan terima kasih dari Wee Choo Keong –

Menteri undang-undang memberitahu Parlimen: Pentadbiran BN telah membayar RM10.5 juta sebagai pampasan kepada YAA Tun Salleh Abas dan 5 hakim lain

YB Datuk Nazri Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, menteri undang-undang dalam jawapannya kepada soalan Peringkat Perbahasan Jawatankuasa tmenenai bayaran penghargaan kepada 6 orang hakim adalah seperti berikut:

1. YAA Tun Mohamed Salleh Bin Abas        – RM5 juta

2. YA Datuk George Seah                            – RM2 juta

3. YA Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Bin Pawanteh  – RM2 juta

4. YA Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader             – RM500,000.00

5. YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah Mohd Salleh      – RM500,000.00

6. YA Tan Sri Mohamed Azmi Kamaruddin  – RM500,000.00

Soalan Tambahan:

Saya tanya Menteri Undang-undang, YB Datuk Nazri Abdul Aziz, supaya menjelaskan kepada Parlimen sama ada 6 orang hakim yang dipecat dalam tahun 1987. telah dibayar pencen dan lain-lain pendapatan yang layak. Tambahan pula, dengan membayar pencen, pihak pentadbiran secara tidak langsung mengakui telah bersalah memecat 6 orang hakim itu.

Menteri menjawap bahawa mereka telah menerima pencen selama ini sampai hari ini. 6 orang hakim itu bukan dipecat tetapi diminta menamatkan perkhidmatan mereka.

1. YAA Tun Mohamed Salleh Bin Abas        – RM5,102.15 sebulan

2. YA Datuk George Seah                            – RM5,009.00 sebulan

3. YA Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Bin Pawanteh   – RM4,811.00 sebulan

4. YA Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader              – RM4,815.00 sebulan

5. YA Tan Sri Wan Hamzah Mohd Salleh      – RM6,500.00 sebulan

6. YA Tan Sri Mohamed Azmi Kamaruddin   – RM5,195.00 sebulan

Menurut menteri, mereka juga menerima bayaran gratuiti daripada pihak pentadbiran.

YB Datuk Nazri juga memetik ucapan perdana menteri pada April 2008 semasa majlis makanan khas bawah nama majlis peguam dan ongkos majlis sebanyak RM81,000 telah dibayar oleh pentadbiran.

“Oleh itu, pihak pentadbiran ingin mengingkatkan sumbangan 6 orang hakim kepada negara, pegangan kuat mereka terhadap mempertahankan keadilan dan menghargai keperitan dan kehilangan nan telah mereka tanggungi.

“Dalam mengenali sumbangan 6 orang hakim ini, pihak pentadbiran memutuskan untuk membuat bayaran ex-gratia payments kepada mereka.”

Saya juga menanya Menteri berkenaan samada Jemaah Menteri memutuskan untuk membayar pampasan tersebut.  Jawapan Menteri berkenaan adalah Jemaah Menteri memutuskan untuk membayar pampasan kepada hakim tersebut dan jumlah pampasan terserah kepada bekas de facto Menteri Undang-Undang, Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.


  1. So at long last, the BN government had indirectly admitted that it has wrongly sacked the 6 judges. But RM5 million was far too much especially when at all material times they were still receiving pensions and gratuities.

    I am shocked that these judges have sold their souls. The nation fought for them and they took the monies left teh rakyat behind. No principle after all!

  2. most rediculous. Got pension and at the same time got million of Ringgit as compensation and Badawi said the government was not wrong!

    If the government was not wrong then why pay compensation? He is a real Bodohwi!

    Common sense tells us that when one pay compensation that mean the government was wrong.

    The compensations are far to high in the light of the judges did not loose their pension! This is what I call a waste of public fund!

    No wonder Nazri was trying to hide oit by saying I don’t know!

    The compensations were scandalous.

  3. If I will be paid RM5 million I would love to be sacked.

    Zaaid Ibrahim has no reason to pay compensation worth RM10.5 million of rakyat’s monies! This is most scandalous for this Badawi’s government.

    Badawi: Please take note that the RM10.5 million is rakyat’s monies and not UMNO or Bn’s monies. Since they are receiving their pensions then compensation should not be so high. It is shocking to me.

    It is unacceptable. Zaid Ibrahim should have taken into public interests before fixing the figure at RM10.5 million.

    Further what is so secretive about the compensation. Public rights override private rights.

    I cannot support the amounts paid and the way the government was trying to keep the figures under wrapped.

    I have had enough of this Badawi.

  4. When we were crying our eyes out for the judges,they are getting their pensions and gratuity(how much?YB Wee please ask this question))
    Plus of course,the RM10.5m paid by Zaid.
    It is easy for Zaid to be generous with people’s money?

  5. Zaid Ibrahim should be responsible for the payment of the amount of ex-gratia payment. The payments were far too high bearing in mind that the ex-judges have been receiving their pensions all these while.

    Zaid Ibrahim should be held responsible for all these.

  6. Zaid Ibrahim only wants publicity without taking into account that public fund should be properly utilised especially when these judges were receiving their respective pension.

    RM10.5 million is a lot of money – especially now!

    If it was Zaid Ibrahim own monies I don’t mind at all. This is the typical way of BN mentality and lavishly spending rakyat monies.

    Zaid Ibrahim resignation is now questionable?

  7. Note that the decision to pay was way back when PM was into a state of regaining popularity via many means. In one instance, Datuk Zaid was roped in as Senator and given the post of de facto law minister. It was certainly a collective decision with PM and also umno elites consent then. Why blame on this ex-minister now ?

    Whatever is the payout, it is history now and bear in mind that no amount of cash can wash away those heinous sins committed by the people in power that took away these judges rights and justice. Let us look at the bigger picture of wastages by the ruling regime to the tune of billions. Please
    google ” silterra ” a company in Kedah funded by the govt to the tune of 5 bil and still in red. Asking for 8.5 bil injection of fund to stay afloat. Be angry by all means but be focussed and and on the right track.

    Let us not be sidetrack by the MSM that spin out controlled news for the masses but be open minded with what we read and know that which is spin by the editorial.

  8. the ex-PM should reimburse the national treasury so that the money can be put into helping the poor and needy, especially those Malay chaps whom the ex-PM worked so hard to provide for

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