Sunday, September 23, 2007

Lingam Ranting with Whom - Video Clip? Nazri: CJ not at the other end; Who is that Datuk then? Hasn't DAP Lim KS nailed him on the sequence of dates?

Altantuya Murder Trial resumes Monday - 24th Sep 2007

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Lingam Ranting with Whom - Video Clip?; Nazri: Cj denied talking to him; Who is that Datuk then?. Hasn't DAP Lim K S nailed him on the sequence of dates i the Jigsaw?

CJ has denied talking to Lingam

ABOVE: Malaysiakini report of the CJ Ahmad Fairuz denial cannot beat the online news from NST at 11:20AM, which got the Bernama's Spin first. This perhaps is the strategy in the damage control now being planned out by the Government. Read in tandem with that Deputy Minister Fu, we see the response is that "who can prove who was at the receiving end".

If that Datuk is not the present CJ, who is that Datuk then?. Hasn't opposition leader DAP Lim K S completed his Jig saw puzzle and nailed him on the sequence of dates So who was Lingam ranting in the "air" with?. What would be his response to get himself out of this shit? And their camp is asking "why so careless?" and "who is the traitor whistle blower?" Why now and as usual "poiltical mileage" as claimed by Nazri

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UPDATE:; 2007/09/23

NAZRI: Senior judge denies talking to lawyer in video clip
KUALA KANGSAR, SUN: 11:20AM, Bernama (NOT in the website) via NST

A senior judge said to have engaged in a telephone conversation with a lawyer allegedly discussing judicial appointments has denied that he was the one contacted by the lawyer featured in the video clip posted by Internet media, Malaysiakini, on Tuesday. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the judge implicated in the clip contacted him to make the denial.

“The judge called me to deny that he was the one talking to the lawyer,” he told reporters after handing Amanah Raya Berhad tithe and breaking fast at Taman Kuala Kangsar mosque here last night. The minister, however, did not mention when the judge contacted him. Mohamed Nazri, who is in-charge of law and legal matters, said what was important in the issue now at this stage was investigations to establish the authenticity of the controversial video clip.

“(Based on the video clip) we only see one person talking...we don’t know who was on the other end. He (the judge allegedly speaking to the lawyer) has denied,” he said. Police have started investigations to ascertain the authenticity of the video clip before taking further action on the matter. Mohamed Nazri also questioned the motive of the people who exposed the clip as they have released it to the media first before handing it to the police and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate. “If they want to uphold justice or want to clean up the judiciary, the police and ACA can investigate.

Why go to the media...the intention is questionable, for political (mileage) or for a clean judiciary,” he said. The minister warned legal action can be taken against people resorting to actions that could erode public confidence in the judiciary. The eight-minute video featured the lawyer discussing the appointment of the judge as the Court of Appeal president and later being elevated as the Chief Justice and the appointment of several other judges. Yesterday, the Bar Council, in an emergency meeting convened to discuss the video clip issue, called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the matter. Council president Ambiga Sreneevasan said the commission should also investigate all problems concerning the judiciary. On Wednesday, the Bar Council will submit a memorandum to the prime minister, calling for the cabinet to discuss the setting up of the commission.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said on Friday that he viewed the issue seriously and had asked the police to investigate it as soon as possible. He said the video clip bore a story that could harm the good name of the judicial system.
“We cannot take this lightly and the matter must be addressed promptly,” said Abdullah, who is also the Internal Security Minister.

== = == = = = == and from the ignorant and dumb DEPUTY Minister speculating and telling others NOT to speculate...

Sunday September 23, 2007
Fu: Don't speculate on video clip
KUANTAN: Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow asked all parties to refrain from speculating on the video clip of a lawyer allegedly brokering the appointment of judges. He said yesterday it was unwise to make assumptions or draw conclusions without solid evidence. "The video clip merely shows a telephone conversation between the lawyer and another person. We don't know exactly what they are talking about.

"Therefore, we should not arrive at a conclusion before police conclude their investigations," he said after handing fishing nets and safety jackets to fishermen at Kampung Seri Chempaka here. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Friday that he viewed the video clip seriously and asked police to investigate it as
soon as possible. The video clip bore a story that could harm the good name of the
country's judicial system
, said Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister.
On action taken against three senior police officers – two sacked and another demoted – for breaking the rules, Fu said it reflected the seriousness of maintaining discipline in the police force. "Everyone, regardless of rank and position cannot escape investigation
if found to have violated the law."

The Prime Minister announced the punishment meted out against the trio after chairing the police commission meeting on Friday. One was sacked for abuse of power and another for taking another wife without permission. The demoted officer was censured, also for marrying without permission.

= = == =and from the STAR, report on the Bar Council meeting (but NO mention of the march!); Sunday September 23, 2007
Bar calls for royal inquiry; By SHAILA KOSHY

'Probe allegations of judicial impropriety over the years'

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar wants the Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry immediately to investigate allegations of judicial impropriety over the years in light of the video clip that has emerged showing a lawyer apparently “fixing” the appointment of judges with a senior judge over the telephone.

.“The video clip is just one issue (on appointments and promotions). Members have expressed their grave concern. We have gone from one crisis to another since the 1988 judicial crisis; it is time to confront fully and completely all the issues that have arisen since then with a view to strengthen the administration of justice,”

Bar president Ambiga Sreenevasan (ABOVE) told a press conference yesterday. She added that the Bar would present a memorandum calling for a Royal Commission to the Cabinet on Wednesday in Putrajaya. Earlier, the Bar convened an emergency council meeting that was attended by 25 of the 36 members of its governing body. “We are also proposing an extraordinary general meeting for 3pm on Oct 6 to discuss the state of the judiciary as well as the clip,” Ambiga, who is also council chairman, told reporters after the meeting.

“We are referring the lawyer in the clip to our disciplinary board, chaired by senior lawyer Tan Sri Khalid Ahmad,” she replied when asked if it had considered asking the lawyer to explain himself before it even called for the Oct 6 meeting. Ambiga said the recent incident only underscored the need for a judicial commission for transparency in the appointments and promotions of judges. When asked the need for a Royal Commission since the public continued to use the courts despite the various crises, she said: “No doubt many cases are filed but the public has no choice (but to do so) to resolve their issues.

All that shows is how important the courts are. It is necessary to note that there are many good hardworking judges and it is in their interest that the entire system is looked it. “Many are opting for arbitration but that involves a lot of money and the man in the street has no choice but to go to court.” Asked when the disciplinary board would convene, she said the board acted independently of the council. Council secretary Lim Chee Wee added that the senior judge implicated had issued a statement, saying “no comment.”

Asked what the Bar would do if nothing developed from the authorities’ investigation, Ambiga said that would be unacceptable. “The outrage you see in our website and the response you’ve heard from civil society shows the people are fed-up,” stressed vice-chairman Ragunath Kesavan. “This latest is a watershed for us. Clearly, something is seriously wrong in the judiciary.” Referring to her press statement, Ambiga said they hoped the focus would not turn against the whistle blower.

ABOVE: Bar Council officer-bearers (from left) treasurer George Varughese, Lim, Ambiga and Ragunath listening to a question posed during the press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

= == = Bernama spins are for targeted print media; in the website they carry this news on Nurin and nothing on CJ denial

September 23, 2007 12:51 PM

Negligence Charge On Nurin's Parents Within The LawNazri

KUALA KANGSAR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- The possibility of the police charging the parents of senseless child murder victim Nurin Jazlin Jazimin for alleged negligence is in accordance with provisions in theChild Protection Act.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said: "Law is law...we need to take action, nobody can slip away." The minister, who is in charge of law and legal matters, was asked to comment on the statement by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan on the possibility of the police charging Jazimin Abdul Jalil, 33, and his wife, Norazian Bistaman, 35, for negligence. Musa said on Friday Jazimin and Norazian are being investigated for possible negligence. He had said they may face charges under the Child Protection Act 2001 if investigations showed their negligence had contributed to Nurin's death.

Section 33 of the Act provides for a fine of up to RM5,000 or a maximum two-year jail term or both for parents or guardians found guilty of leaving their child. Musa had said while there was a provision under the law to charge negligent parents, it was never invoked. "It is high time for parents to be more responsible for their children's safety," he said. The IGP's statement, however, prompted negative reaction from various parties.

ABOVE: Nazri at KK handing out Amanah Raya Berhad tithe to 650 single parents and orphans

Speaking to reporters after handing Amanah Raya Berhad tithe to 650 single parents and orphans here last night, Mohamed Nazri said the police investigations were in line with the Rukun Negara principle -- Rule of Law. He said the tragic death of innocent Nurin was a heart-wrenching episode that should serve as a lesson to all parties, especially parents, to equally play their role in ensuring their children's safety.

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PM Hints of delay in GE – Mandate has 2 more Years; Uncertain US sluggish Economy - Federal Interest Rate affecting & impact local stock market

Pm Abdullah is waiting for the return of the "feeling good" factor to decide on the date of the next GE. It looks like the GE widely hinted after the 50-years Merdeka bash to be in November will now have to wait. From his latest interview, he responded thus- "Wait first. Our mandate still has two more years to go." . So as he said "Everything is conditional" and subject to changes, the GE wilhave to wait.

September 23, 2007 21:40 PM
Sluggish US Economy Will Harm Malaysia, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- If the US economy dwindles to a serious sluggish state, it will have an adverse impact on Malaysia's economic growth, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Sunday night. If this happens, it will lead to reduced country-to-country exports, a scenario similar to that which happened previously when the US economy slipped into a recession, resulting in a marked drop in demand for Malaysian goods, he said." The situation will be a repeat of what happened before. A lot of goods produced by our manufacturing sector could not be sent to the US at all because all orders were cancelled due to the economic crisis in that country.

"Everything is conditional. If the US faces a serious sluggish economy, it will definitely hit us. This has a bearing on the Federal Interest Rate whose fluctuation will in turn influence the investment climate in our country. "It will also have a direct impact on the stock market," he said when interviewed on the 30-minute "VIP Awani" programme aired over Astro's Channel 95.

The interview, conducted by Suhaimi Sulaiman (ABOVE), was recorded at the Finance Ministry in Putrajaya on Thursday. Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, was fielding questions on preparations being made by Malaysia to face the possibility of the US economy slipping into recession following the subprime mortgage financial crisis.

Economic analysts predict that the US economy will face a slowdown after the US Federal Reserve recently slashed the interest rates by 50 basis points to 4.75 per cent to stimulate the country's economy severely hit by the crisis. Abdullah, however, said Malaysia will not face the same crisis as the US due to the country's strong economic indicators. "For instance, the construction sector has rebounded, registering increased momentum, despite facing problems all this while ... suddenly the growth has soared to four per cent," he said. The prime minister also said that the manufacturing sector recorded further improvements despite being on a firm footing while the country's foreign reserves were still strong.

The service sector also recorded significant growth, emerging as one of the key economic sectors, performing even better than manufacturing. "Our currency is also stable. All these give us strength and confidence so long as we keep closely monitoring the goings-on around the world that may have a bearing on us," he said. Asked whether the positive and strong economic pointers would culminate in a snap general election before the current mandate ends in 2009, Abdullah said: "Wait first. Our mandate still has two more years to go."

On the integration of the Asean economy in 2015, the prime minister said measures towards realising the objective have been implemented, taking into account the varying levels of economic growth of the member states. He said local companies must ensure that their products are of superior quality and sold at reasonable prices, besides allocating sufficient funds for promotions if they want to penetrate the international market, despite some countries imposing non-tariff barriers.

= = == == = = == = = and Tan Sri Dr Koh calls for quick action; worries foreign investors will shy away
September 23, 2007 21:43 PM

Address Promptly Concerns On Judiciary System - Koh

BATU PAHAT, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- Gerakan president-designate Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon (ABOVE) Sunday called for immediate action to address concerns on the country's judiciary system. If left unattended, the Penang Chief Minister said it could harm the credibility and integrity of the judiciary system, hence causing foreign investors to shy away from investing in Malaysia. Malaysia has a good judiciary system and legal framework that were well understood by foreign investors compared to other developing countries. "This has become an advantage for the country to attract foreign investments.

But once we lose credibility, it is going to affect our ability to woo investors," he told reporters after opening the Johor Gerakan delegates conference. Koh expressed Gerakan's support to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's order to the police to immediately start investigations into a video clip recording implicating a senior lawyer allegedly brokering the appointment of judges. He said action must be taken against the individuals implicated in the issue if the contents of the video clip proved authentic.

The prime minister said on Friday that he viewed the issue seriously and had asked the police to investigate it as soon as possible. He said the video clip bore a story that could harm the good name of the judicial system. "We cannot take this lightly and the matter must be addressed promptly," said Abdullah, who is also Internal Security Minister. Yesterday, the Bar Council, in an emergency meeting convened to discuss the video clip issue, called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the matter. Council president Ambiga Sreneevasan said the commission should also investigate all problems concerning the judiciary. On Wednesday, the Bar Council will submit a memorandum to the prime minister, calling for the cabinet to discuss the setting up of the commission.

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Calls escalate for probe into Malaysian judicial fixing claim

Fri Sep 21, 4:34 AM ET
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's opposition, rights groups and two prominent anti-corruption campaigners on Friday joined calls for a probe into allegations a lawyer "fixed" judicial appointments with a senior judge. Former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim unleashed a furore Wednesday by releasing a video clip that purportedly showed a well-connected lawyer telling a judge over the telephone that he would push his name forward for a senior appointment.

Param Cumaraswamy (ABOVE), a former United Nations special rapporteur on judicial independence and one-time head of Transparency International Malaysia, called on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to remove the judge for gross misconduct. The video clip's contents "confirm the concerns expressed by many in the past on how our justice system has been manipulated by certain personalities," Param told reporters. "It also confirms that there must be a sizeable number of litigants who must have been subjected to judicial injustice before Malaysian courts as a result of such manipulations." Together with Abdul Aziz, also a former Transparency International president and a special advisor on ethics to former UN chief Kofi Annan, Param urged the prime minister to reform the judiciary. Anwar said he believed the conversation, allegedly conducted in 2002, had affected the outcome of his treatment in the courts.

The ex-deputy was heir apparent to former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad until his sacking in 1998, when he was hit with sodomy and corruption charges that landed him in jail for six years. The sodomy conviction was later overturned but the corruption verdict stands, barring Anwar from standing for public office until April 2008. Human rights group Aliran called for an investigation into several legal cases where it said the presiding judges had leap-frogged more senior judges. "All these cases only confirmed that the ugly hands of politics were pervasive in our system of justice which was manipulated as a political tool," Aliran president P. Ramakrishnan said in a statement.

Opposition Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang also pressed for the judge's suspension and a probe into the affair, saying it had triggered "a crisis of confidence in the independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary". "Forty-eight hours have passed and neither ... had denied that there was such a telephone conversation between them, which would be the first reaction of anyone to a doctored video tape," Lim said.

= == = == == = = Meanwhile an Update on the condition of Dr Mahathir, apparently underwent another OP on "wound infection". BELOW: Malaysiakini Sunday Update

Mahathir has surgery for chest infection
The choice of heading is inaccurate. A world of difference between "chest infection" and "wounds infection"

This Debridement exercise can lead to complications. The scrapping of dead tissue is beneath the wound and healing would take awhile. But with the best that is available in IJN , let' s pray he will come through and be aware and enjoy this "judiciary video".
September 23, 2007 14:04 PM

ABOVE & BELOW: IJN is situated along Jalan Tun Abdul Razak - opposite of the Eye of Malaysia and just before the KL Hospital

Dr Mahathir Undergoes Wound Debridement Surgery

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is recovering from a coronary bypass operation, Saturday night underwent surgical wound debridement owing to a wound infection. The surgery commenced at 11.30pm and ended at 2.30am today, said a statement issued by the National Heart Institute (IJN) here. The procedure was undertaken by the same surgical team, led by Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang, which had performed the coronary bypass surgery on Dr Mahathir at the IJN on Sept 4.The statement said Dr Mahathir was in stable condition and had been put on routine post-cardiac surgery support. He is expected to remain on the support for at least 36 hours for post-operative care and would be closely monitored and observed by the IJN doctors and nurses in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), it added. The statement said the next 72 hours would be a crucial period in the post-operative care.

Debridement is the surgical excision of dead, devitalised or contaminated tissue and removal of foreign matter from a wound. It is said to increase the rate of wound healing. Dr Mahahir, 81, who underwent his second coronary bypass surgery on Sept 4 at the premier heart centre, was transferred back to ICU 10 days later. He had been placed in the normal Bunga Raya Ward on Sept 12. The former prime minister underwent his first coronary bypass surgery, at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, on Jan 24 1989 following a heart attack.

For a detailed up to date account (by Marina Mahathir) Go H E R E

= = == =Go H E R E - Update on Nurin's Death

Magic “the face was now recognisable even though just a day before it was not” when they claim it the next day. They explained it as “hikmah”


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