The appellate courts are in danger of taking self-parody to farcical lengths.
The latest demonstration of this distressing trend is yesterday's unanimous decision of a three-member panel of the Court of Appeal's to overturn an award of RM2.5 million in damages to ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussein by the High Court in 2007.
In a perverse twist, costs of RM50,000 were awarded against the respondent.
This decision represents the second time this year an appellate panel has unanimously overturned a decision of the High Court, the first was when the Federal Court, with stupefying 5-0 unanimity, affirmed the Court of Appeal's decision to upend a High Court decision last year affirming Pakatan Rakyat's Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin as menteri besar of Perak.
courtesy of Malaysiakini