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 »