Judiciary misconduct claim: Govt open to all options

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

SANDAKAN: The government will leave all options open, including a proposal to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI), with regard to action the government should take following an allegation made by a Court of Appeal judge on misconduct within the judiciary.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said the government viewed the allegation made by judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer as “very, very serious” as it affected the judiciary.

“I understand that the judiciary lodged a police report over the allegations made by the judge (Hamid Sultan) and I believe investigations will be carried out soon. So, we will wait for that (outcome of investigation).

“We will not leave any stone unturned (in the investigation).

“There will be no cover-up (of discovery of wrongdoings),” he told Bernama when met after officiating the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Batu Sapi’s Parent Teacher Association meeting here today.

On Wednesday, Hamid made a 63-page affidavit that revealed explosive and detailed information in relation to numerous incidences of judicial interference within the Malaysian judiciary, including allegations of judicial interference in the late Karpal Singh’s sedition appeal decision at the Court of Appeal. Karpal was former Bukit Gelugor MP and DAP chairman.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will study any proposal to establish an RCI into the claim of judicial misconduct.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail welcomed the proposal on the setting up of a RCI with regard to allegation of misconduct in the judiciary.

“That (setting up of RCI) is being considered by Tun (Mahathir). It (allegation) is not just by anybody. It is by a former judge.

“So, it is important that we look into it and the setting up of the RCI is a good and appropriate move.”