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!

A reporter’s notebook

7 September 2007

Zaki AzmiThe past weeks have been particularly exciting and colourful in Malaysia. And today is another busy day. The sudden elevation of controversial lawyer Zaki Azmi (picture) to the Federal Court, the nation’s highest bench, has not only raised eyebrows but caused much unease among the legal fraternity and many Malaysians.

I leave you some of my notes: Read the rest of this entry »

Malaysia’s rulers vs Abdullah: Who’s the winner?

4 September 2007

Raja Nazrin ShahNow that it has become public, the question before 25 million Malaysians is: Who is likely to prevail in a confrontation between Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the 13-state Southeast Asian federation’s nine hereditary rulers over the constitutional role of the king. (See In Malaysia, the king asserts his power) 

King Mizan Zainal Abidin, 45, the 13th Yang di Pertuan Agong or supreme ruler, says his role isn’t purely ceremonial. Abdullah, however, says the king has no right to meddle in his administration.

Last night Raja Nazrin Shah, the crown prince of northern Perak state, told his audience at a public lecture in Kuala Lumpur, the national capital, that Abdullah is wrong.  Read the rest of this entry »