KUALA LUMPUR, 30 Oct 2008: High Court Judge Datuk Ian Chin who once claimed judges were threatened with the sack if they make decisions against the government, has tendered his resignation effective 1 Dec.
Chin submitted the resignation letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 16 July and went on leave from 21 Aug until 30 Nov, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator T Murugiah told the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was replying to Chua Tian Chan (PKR-Batu) who wanted to know the steps taken by the government to investigate the issues raised by Chin.
“In this regard, the question why we need to investigate the case and take action no longer arises because he has resigned,” he said.
To an earlier question by Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir (BN-Jerlun), Murugiah said that presently, the government had no plans to make a representation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to bring Chin before a tribunal for making baseless allegations against the government.
During an election petition hearing on June 11, Chin claimed that at a judges conference in 1997, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was then Prime Minister threatened to use the special tribunal to sack judges who make decisions against the government. — Bernama