Khairy: Mahathir unfit to comment on judiciary issues

Khairy-Jamaluddin-mahathirBAGAN SERAI: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has no credibility to touch on judiciary issues in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Umno Youth head said it was time Mahathir realise that he was the individual responsible for the constitutional crisis in the country in 1988.

“The constitutional crisis in 1988 happened because he wanted to sack Chief Justice Tun Mohamad Salleh Abas and five other senior judges, and that is what we want to rectify today,” Khairy told reporters after opening the Bagan Serai Umno division Delegates’ Conference here today.

Khairy who is also Youth and Sports Minister, was commenting on his own Twitter posting today in which he said, “With all due respect, Tun Mahathir has no credibility to speak about the judiciary. An institution emaciated during his premiership”.

Earlier this month, while expressing support for Anwar Ibrahim to be made prime minister should the opposition win the next general election, Mahathir said his former deputy had not been treated with justice and the court’s decision in his case had been influenced by the government.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail sentence on a charge of sodomy. In 1998, he was sentenced to jail for the offences of corruption and sodomy.