Respect judicial independence, says Johor sultan

Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at the Muar Court Complex today. (Pic: Royal Press Office)
Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at the Muar Court Complex today. (Pic: Royal Press Office)

MUAR: Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today called on everyone to respect and protect the independence of the judiciary, and avoid attacking judges and judicial officers.

He said the judiciary had its own freedom which must be protected to ensure the country’s stability.

“Judges and judicial officers should be free from interference by any quarters,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Muar court complex here.

Sultan Ibrahim said rulers were also not immune to the law, and had a duty to ensure there was no meddling in the affairs of justice.

“I believe the judges are wise in upholding the truth. I believe judges act in the best interests and are not influenced by personal or political interests,” he said.

Sultan Ibrahim said no one branch, whether the legislative, executive or the judiciary, held absolute power, which ensured checks and balances in the administration.

“The executive should govern based on the laws that are passed, and if there is a dispute, it must be decided by the courts,” he said.

He said when all three branches of the government knew their roles, there would be no drift towards abuse of power or autocracy.