So, what’s happening around the courts these days?
Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez won her defamation suit against Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia this morning. She won RM200,000. This is the second case involving activists or the opposition in less than 2 weeks. The first was Malek Hussein, who was illegally detained in 1998 under ISA (he won RM2.5 million).
Are the courts independent after all?
But Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim must still resign over the Lingam video fiasco. The clip shows senior lawyer VK Lingam purportedly fixing judicial appointments and judgments in 2002 with him. Any Chief Justice will do just that – hand in his resignation – after so much aspersion have been cast over his integrity and credibility. But not a Malaysian CJ, I would say.
Does he think he can escape now by just pleasing activists with money?