And it could be any PM!
So what’s the point of having a Judicial Appointment Council if it’s going to be under the armpit of the Prime Minister?
Not under his thumb, Ms. Beh Lih Yi (Malaysiakini), because anything which pretends to be independent of the powers that be but is not, stinks. So armpit, it is!
What kind of Council are we talking about if the PM “can revoke the appointment of anyone in the nine-member JAC at any time without having to give a reason” ?
It sorely means that members of the Council are the slaves of the PM of the day. Abdullah, Abdullah, you have finally become like your predecessor Tun Mahathir!
And if the PM is going to ask for further recommendations every time he is not happy with recommendations of candidates by the JAC, doesn’t it seem very “birokratik”?
Worst still, the PM’s going to have the FINAL say on the candidates recommended by the commission, when he advises the Agong on the appointment of judges.
MAY AS WELL JUST CALL IT JAP – Judicial Appointment of the PM!
Who is Abdullah really trying to fool? This is called ‘REFORM”? Looks more like “DEFORM” lah!
Already we are a laughing stock in the eyes of the world for not allowing people to cycle with a red T-shirt, now this?
I find the JAC’s functions No. 6 and 7, really ironical:
6. Members are obliged to disclose their relationship with any candidate under consideration in the selection of judges. The bill defines ‘relationships’ as those of a spouse, former spouse, sibling, uncle, aunt, cousin, sibling to spouse or former spouse and their uncle, aunt and cousin.
7. Members are also required to disclose their connection with any candidate, including their nominee, partner, former partner, spouse of a partner or former partner, a person practising in a firm linked to members and a trustee of a trust under which members or their family are a beneficiary.
What about CJ Zaki Azmi? He will be one of the persons sitting in this so called JAP or JAC.
Isn’t he just too closely connected to the ruling party by being their ex-lawyer?
Hmm…some may just say – it’s all in the past. But the past has a way of catching up with you in ways you’ll never expect.