Restore Public Trust in the Judicial and Legal Institutions
Malaysiakini published a simple interactive piece on the “VK Lingam Tape” scandal that rocked the Malaysian Judicial system. The video revealed collusion of certain judges to make judgements to favour certain parties. This scandal further erode the trust the public has toward the judicial system. Pakatan Harapan made a bold manifesto pledge which is “Promise 19” to restore this trust that was lost. In order to move forward, we feel a short reflection is needed to remind us on the betrayal of our trust by the government and the judicial system in the past.
Click here to the Malaysiakini Piece
Ensure the appointment of judges are based on merit and experience
Remove the power of PM to influence appointment of judges
Ensure judges (including Syariah Court)’s emoluments in accordance to their professionalism
Cease appointment of the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal through the backdoor
Introduce a new rule requiring judges to provide written judgements each time they announce their judgement