Wednesday, January 14, 2009

THE QUESTION OF CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY - CHIEF JUSTICE TAN SRI ZAKI AZMI

The credibility, integrity and independence of the judiciary has been raised by many quarters locally and internationally and with this new development that was mentioned personally by the newly appointed Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Zaki Azmi after much controversy on his 'speedy' appointment, had on 7 November 2008 at a speech delivered by him at a Convention in Kuching, Sarawak where he claimed that he was personally involved in committing a corruption act as stated below:

"It took me six months to be nice, to bribe each and every individual to get back into their good books before our files were attended to. That was my personal experience, and I am telling this to all the clerks and all the registries to stop this nonsense". (as reported by the New Straits Times)

It was reported today that veteran lawyer and DAP Chairman Karpal Singh has challenged Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi to sue him for defamation if his statements purporting Tan Sri Zaki to be guilty of corruption and of lying on the matter have been wrong and had delivered a letter today to this effect to the Yang DiPertuan Agong to review his appointment as Chief Justice basing on the above-mentioned factors.

Notably, a chief justice must be above suspicion and when this chief justice has publicly admitted guilt of corruption, and corruption is one of the most serious offences, rather than admitting and immediately resigning and owning up to his action, he remains to hold this position without having any sense of credibility and integrity.

This is very typical of an UMNOputra in their quest for position, money and power.

news n picture courtesy of Malaysiakini n Blog for Change