Aliran condemns the various forms of intimidation expressed by certain quarters against the judiciary in recent days, in the wake of Najib Razak’s ongoing appeal at the Federal Court.
We are also horrified to learn that there was even a threat to the life of Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who heads the five-member bench hearing the appeal.
It is a relief that the police were quick to nab the suspect, and hopefully, this will serve as a grim reminder to others who have similar sinister ideas.
As it is, the independence and integrity of the judiciary was cast in poor light by the unprofessionalism of Najib’s legal team in the Federal Court recently.
It is true every aggrieved party is entitled to equal rights in court, irrespective of their station in life. But there should be no double standards.
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The judiciary is a key pillar in our system of constitutional democracy, and so it is crucial that justice is seen to be dispensed without fear or favour.
We also fear that certain quarters may construe the deafening silence of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on this matter as acquiescence.
Finally, there is a need to initiate contempt proceedings against all who have publicly made statements or acted in a manner to hinder, obstruct or embarrass the court in the administration of justice.Aliran executive committee
21 August 2022