Abdullah to unveil judicial reforms today – Apr 17, 2008 (by Leslie Lopez)

FIGHTING back stiff opposition from his own Cabinet and administration, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is set to unveil major reforms to the country’s much-maligned judiciary. The reforms will include the setting up of a Judicial Commission that will be responsible for the selection and the promotion of judges.

But lawyer Charles Hector has this to say: Judicial Reforms….mmmmm?

What are the “judicial reforms” that the PM will reveal? (oops … how did the Media know about it and what those reforms would be before that) ?

COMMISSION for the selection, elevation, transfer of Judges

SEPARATION of Judicial and Legal Services Commission

INCREASE in the number of judges and courts. [The Malaysian ratio is 2.4 judges to a million people – a far cry from the ratio in India (10.5), Australia (57.1), Britain (50.1) and Canada (75).]

INCREASE IN THE SALARY OF JUDGES – AND DEFINITELY INCREASING THE PENSION OF JUDGES [For the pension, it should be the same as the last drawn monthly salary. When they retire, they will lose all the allowances, etc — which most of the time comes to about 50% of their take-home pay]

JUDGES SHOULD HEAR MATTERS IN THE HIGH COURT – including all applications where the end result is the striking out/dismissal of a suit/action, or the giving of judgment to a party (The current practice of allowing Senior Assistant Registrars and Deputy Registrars hear such applications should be immediately discontinued. Registrars should spend time assisting their judges – and there really is a lot of assisting that can be done and this will surely expedite the coming out of Grounds of Judgment and Notes of Evidence. Judges should never just rely on submissions by the counsels representing parties BUT should also be doing their own research, and also perusal of the existing evidence..and this is where the Registrars have a big role to play.

A COMPLAINTS MECHANISM AND PROCEDURE should be put in place, where members of the public, etc can lodge complaints against Judges, Magistrates, Registrars and Court Staff.

EXPEDITING the 13,880 remand cases or 34.2% of the total number of prisoners in the country. (Star, 22/11/2007). Criminal matters whereby the accused are in remand should be expedited. Cases where persons are out on bail is NOT the priority. Of course, at the end of the day all criminal matters should be put to an end as soon as possible.

Bringing back the court stenographers, as this will expedite the speed at which cases move. Now the Judge has to record down everything said – and this takes time… And of course, amending the FEDERAL CONSTITUTION to remove the amendments introduced around the 1988 period — including Art. 121,.. OR WILL IT JUST BE THAT THE PM WILL SAY THAT WE REGRET WHAT WAS DONE TO SALLEH ABAS AND THE JUDGES, AND THE MALAYSIAN JUDICIARY BY THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE PREMIERSHIP OF MAHATHIR M…

Everyone knows that the most vocal critic in the past months have been good old Dr Mahathir – so is this ‘judicial reforms’, the ‘1988 Judicial Crisis’,…that ‘Lingam Tape’ matter…etc all just a way for the present PM and his people to try to distract all of us from themselves, the current BN government, etc — ? We will not be made ‘distractions’, or be distracted by our present PM and this government. We are not going to forget about TODAY as our attention is again taken to YESTERDAY and the former PM.

And Mr PM, we do not want some nice sounding non-binding speech about all them “Judicial Reforms” – we want it to be REAL and BINDING…now…not in 5 years time…not in 10 years…

 

22 responses »

  1. wits0 says:

    Too little, to late.

  2. Engdau says:

    What’s the point? The ministry has infact banned “Makkal Osai” – the Tamil newspaper in Malaysia today. I believe it make all Malaysian sick of the government.

    Little little poor Badawi, don’t make ppl hate u more.

  3. hutchrun says:

    Hate, like love, can be a powerful force. It`s how it`s chanelled.

  4. hutchrun says:

    The other day in a Brickfields restaurant a cop took his cup of tea to a table where a guy was already seated. The moment the cop sat down, the guy moved himself and his own cup to another table.
    Felt kinda bad for the cop, but what the heck…

  5. hutchrun says:

    If Badawi really wants to have judicial reforms, he should start with a RCI into Mahathir.
    Merely conveying `regrets` is no enough.

  6. ghenjis khan says:

    If not for the British who brought an INSTITUTIONALSED form of Justice System, the Malay Civilisation has quite understood let alone appreciate the meaning of Justice taught to them by the desert people from Hadramaut .. who themselves are sort of tribal people with remnants of tribal laws slightly better than the Khyber Pass Pashtuns , or the Somalians, or the Kurdish, and many other tribal Arabs all over !

    One up for the British Justice system at least they copied and improved on what they learn from the Andulusians and the Crusades … thanks to Oxford friars and Jesuit priests who travelled all the way to learn in Cordoba !

  7. deekay says:

    Better late than never. Hope it’s not a political wayang.

  8. wits0 says:

    Hope is delusionary where righteousness is involved in Bolehland. Believe it only when you see it in full measure.

    Bad awi doesn’t have the will and integrity for such a task. Even for this eyewash version umno is already objecting.

  9. raj raman says:

    iT IS A SANDIWARA,,NOT WAYANG, deekay

    mr.badawi,reform your pollitical lies and reform your umno.As long you dont reform krismudin,ali rustam,nazri,the indonesia khir toyol or all of umno in short,u have the biggest sandiwara in malaysia cinemas.

    Keep the bullll from the shit.

    PLEASE DONT LIES MR.PM.AT LEAST PLEASE LISTEN AND IMPLEMENT.NOW YOU BECOME LIAR BECAUSE YOU SAID YOU LISTEN TO US.SHOW US THE PROOF YOU LISTEN TO US.

    sORRY SLOONE,BAD DAY TODAY FOR ME,SO HANTAM PM BETTER THAN HANTAM PEOPLE.NOT HINDUSTAN HERO.

  10. Shrill says:

    Najib going to burn badawi before badawi can wake up man. itu pasal he now going around the country to get support. If badawi don`t finisg najib, habis lah badawi.

  11. I cheer you on Pak Lah and for one do the right thing and overhaul the judiciary and truly make it an instituition which can command respect and trust. And secondly, open up an investigation into the role of MM , the years of abuse and rape he suffered on this nation of ours.

    Perhaps, then history might look at you more gently. Heck! you might just be vindicated for all the shit that you have caused.

  12. taksin says:

    What Reforms? Everytime it is the same problems of delay, cost and complexity together with miscarraige of justice. The British have more than 61 Commisions and Inquiries in the last 100 years and they are still talking about reforms, the last one Woolf’s Civil Justice Reform. As Shakepeare said ” Hang All The Lawyers ” and then life will be better for all of us. By the way I am stlll waiting to hear from the Royal Commison of Inquiry on the ” Correct, Correct, Correct ” tapes.

  13. donplaypuks says:

    Excellent, brilliant move by Albar.

    One more nail in BN’s coffin, ‘ the shit to be interred with the bones, soon!! (with due apologies to shakespeare!)

    All MCA & MIC members, please register with PR tomorrow if you don’t want to go down in flames with the demise of UMNO. After, you were decimated in GE 2008 and BN is really only UMNO left with a few sycophants in Sarawak.

    So, MCA & MIC, don’t say later you were not warned!!

  14. David says:

    What reform?
    All bullshit and pack of lies!
    If need reform, better reform Umno first.
    Then we can talk about whatever “reform”.

  15. raj raman says:

    Another big SANDIWARA by badawi.
    He continue with hearing and also continue of his lies.Biggest liar

    He cant even reform krismudin,the indonesia toyol khir,ali rustaaaam and now lying to us to reform the judicial.Even the small kuci2 rats also knows he is the biggest liar around.

    Lying to malaysian that he is listening.What actually he listen and to whom he listen? BERSIH/HINDRAF or UMNO?

    PLEASE MR.PRIME MINISTER,STOP THE LIES AND CLEAN YOUR UMNO LEECH WITH THEIR CORRUPT AND RACIST ATTITUDE.THEN MAYBE YOU ARE LISTENING.THEN WE WILL BELIEVE IN YOU.

    REMEMBER THIS,THE DAYS ARE GONE FOR UMNO OR BARISAN TO THINK YOU ARE THE BOSS.ACTUALLY YOU POLITICIAN IS OUR CONTRACT WORKERS FOR 4 TO 5 YEARS.

    AFTER THE CONTRACT EXPIRED,WE MALAYSIAN WILL TERMINATE YOUR POLITICAL CARRIER.POLITICIAN IS OUR SERVANT,NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND ANYMORE.

    Meanwhile enjoy your dinner with all the mr.correct x 1000 today,its our money you are spending.

    sorry sloone,a bid bad mood today,incometax after me to pay badawi dinner tonight.

    RAJ RAMAN.;MALAYSIAN BUT THE UMNO RACIST SAID I AM INDIAN.HOW?please anwser me whether i am malaysian or indian citizen.I have all the document to support i am 4th generation of my country malaysia but khir toyol is bumiputera.

  16. Roy Selvan says:

    JUSTICE IS THE BACKBONE OF EVERY NATION.
    IF IT IS ATTACKED BY CANCEROUS CORRUPTED CELLS.!!!!
    ONLY GOD AND RIGHTEOUS JUDGES/PEOPLES BONE MARROW CAN CURE IT.

  17. dodgy inc says:

    Hello, Hello wake up

    Hope he is not sleep talking again

  18. Elloh says:

    I don’t have high hopes on our PM’s coming announcement in the Bar Council’s dinner.

    If he’s still the same person that he is, he’ll probably announce a very general announcement of judicial reform and this will eventually be delayed till Kingdom Come. e.g the IPCMC

    What the people’s demands will not be heeded or will be watered down to unpalatable terms!

    I hope my pesimisms is not well founded.

    Please make my day Mr. Prime Minister!

  19. The present CJ should look into the appointments of Judicial Commissioners that was appointed by Ahmad Fairuz on the verge of his compulsory retirement as some of them are junior officers compared to some of the present senior officers who were deliberately left out as they were not in Fairuz’s inner circle .

    The JC’s contract are for 2 years and could be either be renewed for another term or terminated if the CJ thinks that they are not to the mark . In the 1990’s quite a number of JC’s were terminated because of their poor track record and complaints against their performance were a plenty .

    Dato’ Hamid as the current CJ should know whom amongst the new JC’s appointed by Fairuz are really qualified or just mere passengers who used their free time to see Fairuz as often either at his chambers at the Palace of Justice or helping Mrs Fairuz in the kitchen at his official residence in Putra Jaya.

  20. Robert says:

    Poor PM …trying to be active with reforms. Whatever he is doing now can never be seen ..its just a heresay.
    look at his promises and does he follow what he says. The more he talks the more mess he creates and the more confusion.
    He says he will do this and that .But all this is just at the spur of the moment.
    I had really good faith in him when he took office but all of it disappeared when he lied when news of his link with Jean Danker was out.
    He denied everything but look what happened.
    Do all of u still believe in what he says?????

  21. merlin says:

    We are a country where anything can be bought, sold or negotiated. Continue with this, foreign investors will think triple D before coming to Malaysia.
    All they have done is to strangle our economy to a slow death.
    Maybe it is time to bring back the jury system and not leave everything to
    the whims and fancies of a one man judge. Jurors may not know the laws but they sure as hell can reason. Besides, it is not easy to BRIBE 10 jurors.
    As it stands a one man judge is prone to money , money and money. A habit
    Malaysians are good at.

  22. Eric says:

    I never believe Pak Lah anymore……we are not new to UMNO.

    Ask yourselves this question. Will UMNO people ever condone him of judicial reform?

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