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Perception vs fact in the judiciary

Perception vs fact in the judiciary

“FOR any decision, the losing party will say it’s unfair, the winning party will say it’s fair,” says Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi. He says as people tend to root for the underdog, decisions favouring the government tend to be viewed as a result of government bias. In the second and final part of an […]

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“I’m not biased, I’m impartial”

“I’m not biased, I’m impartial”

IT’S been a long, uphill battle for the Malaysian judiciary over the past two decades. From Lord President Tun Salleh Abas‘s sacking in 1988 to the 1996 poison pen letter and the 2007 Lingam video tape exposé, the public is not unjustified in doubting judicial independence. Familiar murmurings have begun again on whether anything has […]

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Victory for land owners

Victory for land owners

“We, therefore, agree with the High Court Judge that, on the facts of this case, even if the instrument of transfer was forged, the respondent nevertheless obtained an indefeasible title to the said lands.” FORMER Chief Justice Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin in 2000 in the Federal Court case of Adorna Properties Sdn Bhd v Boonsom […]

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The big deal about a full bench

The big deal about a full bench

Getting the full 11-member bench to hear the case is atall order A FULL bench of judges to hear appeals at the federal court has never been granted in Malaysia’s judicial history, lawyers recall. Some say this is not surprising. For administrative, procedural or logistical reasons, having all judges of the highest court available at […]

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No pass for Waythamoorthy

No pass for Waythamoorthy

“I am not really aware of what has happened to Waythamoorthy, but as far as I am concerned, the Government has not ordered for his passport to be revoked. If he wants to return to Malaysia, he can do so.” Former Home Minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar tells reporters on 16 May 2008 that […]

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Suhakam to decide status of witness statements

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Sept 2009: A Suhakam public inquiry into the detention of five lawyers for illegal assembly by the police will decide on 11 Sept whether Suhakam has the power to compel witnesses to have their statements recorded. In today’s hearing, police counsel Supt R Munusamy said the power provided to record statements from […]

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