Thursday, March 5, 2009

End of Judicial Democracy

Judicial commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim has decided yet again that Perak Speaker V Sivakumar cannot be represented by his own lawyers.

This time round, the judge's decision was made in the hearing to quash the Speaker's decision that declared three assemblypersons as resigned from their seats.

The case, being heard in the High Court here this morning, was filed by the three assemblypersons - Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi (Behrang), Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu (Changkat Jering) and Hee Yit Foong (Jelapang) - who quit their respective Pakatan Rakyat parties to become independents "friendly" to the Barisan Nasional.

Following their resignations which led to the Pakatan Rakyat government's fall in Perak, Sivakumar invoked the three's undated but signed resignation letters.

On 3 March in another hearing, the judicial commissioner also ruled that Sivakumar's own lawyers did not have locus standi, adding that the Speaker could only be represented by the state legal adviser.

That decision was made during a hearing for the application filed by newly-appointed Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and his six executive councillors to quash the Speaker's suspension of them.

On both occasions, Ridwan chose to hold the hearings in chambers rather than in open court.

1 comment:

James Lim said...

The independence, impartiality and integrity of the courts in Malaysia have long gone down the drain since 1988.

Who would trust the court to be fair? How can justice be done, when it is not seen to be done?

What JC Ridwan Ibrahim has decided against the Perak Speaker with the injunction that stated "It is hereby ordered that the 1st defendant, YB Encik V Sivakumar is restraint from convening any unlawful meetings purporting it to be a meeting of the Perak state legislative assembly" has only seek to confirmed and justified to all peace-loving Malaysians that the separation of powers is DEAD.

Nothing can be more glaring that this.

There are still courts in Malaysia. It's called the Kangaroo Courts aka UMNO/BN Court of Justice.

Correct, Lingam?