Tun Mahathir's Comment on Judiciary Reform and His Successor
Former Lord President, Tun Salleh Abbas
"Asked about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s conciliatory gesture of offering monetary compensation to judges who were suspended during the 1988 judicial crisis, he (Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed) said: “Fine, but it’s a political strategy by a man who is very unpopular at the moment wanting to show that he’s going to do something right.”
“Nobody can say anything against him. Newspapers report about how great he is. His own supporters misled him into believing that if he holds elections before the end of his term, he would win a clean sweep. If you look at the record of his statements, he said he would win with zero opposition.”
On claims that his criticisms against Abdullah over the last few years had brought his successor down, he said: “I don’t see why I should not criticise wrongdoings by him.”
On why he picked Abdullah to replace him as Prime Minister, he said Abdullah was known as “Mr Clean”.
To a question about some of those with Umno blaming Dr Mahathir for tearing down the party, he said that sometimes it might be necessary to do so.
“I’m a doctor; if one leg is becoming gangrenous I remove it,” he said." - excerpt from The Star, 22 April 2008
comment made by Deputy Prime Minister, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak 2008 as quoted by New Strats Times on 19 April 2008 is self-explanatory. Najib said the government under Prime Ministr Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was aware that judiciary had to have the highest credibility abd reputation. DAP National Chairman, Karpal Singh said, "The ptoposed commission (judiciary) should look into the appointment of judges in the lower courts. We are prepared to support the government in providing the two-thirds majority to ammend the Federal Constitution." (New Straits Times, 19 April 2008.)
Is'nt this a kind of Reformasi of some sort as envisaged by our former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when he was out of the BN government late 1980s?
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