Malaysia’s great law pretenders

8 October 2007

A crisis in the judiciary brings out the ugly side of lawyers

Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council ChairwomanThere is a saying, “when elephants fight, the grass is trampled.” And so it has been for Malaysia’s disgraced judiciary in the last 20 years. Former premier Mahathir Mohamad in 1988 sacked three senior judges, including his Lord President of the Supreme Court, in an acrimonious fight for control of the law courts. Since then, judges have been relentlessly accused of impropriety and corruption. And the judiciary and lawyers are once again troubled by new charges of delinquent judges and politically brokered judicial appointments.

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Malaysian premier’s grandson doesn’t have his father’s name

1 October 2007

Khairy JamaluddinThe first-born son of Khairy Jamaluddin, son-in-law of Malaysia’s premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, doesn’t carry his father’s name, according to a report in The Star newspaper today.

The full name of the prime minister’s fifth grandson born on 13 September by caesarean section is Jibreil Ali Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

However, the best-selling Malaysian English language newspaper says the name hasn’t been officially announced and Jibreil’s parents are fighting shy of publishing his pictures because they want privacy. Read the rest of this entry »


Waiting for a judicial break

24 September 2007

Palace of JusticeI know many of you are expecting a story from me on the embattled Malaysian judiciary. I can’t publish my story yet because I’m still waiting for a break. At this moment, except for innuendoes, we’ve no confirmation that Mr V K Lingam, the Malaysian lawyer in private practice, was brokering the appointment of judges with the Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (then the Chief Judge of Malaya) as portrayed in the video clip recently released by former deputy premier Mr Anwar Ibrahim. Read the rest of this entry »


Broadside Malaysia takes a short break

14 September 2007

Broadside Malaysia is taking a short break. There will not be any post for the next couple of days because I’ll be away on an assignment.

Meanwhile, happy reading!


Malaysia’s premier doesn’t understand cronyism

12 September 2007

Abdullah Ahmad BadawiMalaysia’s prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he doesn’t know the meaning of “cronyism“, according to a report in The Star newspaper today.

The newspaper quoted him as saying, “I do not understand the word” when Abdullah was asked about worries over cronyism in his 13-state Southeast Asian Federation.  Read the rest of this entry »


Malaysia’s king dragged into riot

10 September 2007

 Malaysia’s king Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has been dragged into last weekend rioting by 500 opposition party supporters that injured seven people when police broke up an illegal rally in his oil-rich northeastern Terengganu state.  

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A great piece from Joceline Tan

9 September 2007

Credit must be given when credit is due. And I must congratulate the Malaysian Star columnist Joceline Tan (picture) for a great piece, Brace for a swing in votes, in today’s paper. She has since polished up her English and changed her writing style; and this has made her story very readable. Keep it up, Joceline!