Sunday, October 28, 2007

Nazri: 07 Nov 07 Last Deadline Video Clip Submission; Exclusive Ramblings in NST Interview 28 Oct 2007; Silent Majority Overules 1000 Lawyers

This post has been superseded by the New POST with the FULL TRANSCRIPT, see BELOW for Link url
Malaysiakini latest on the Ligam vido clips covers
Video probe complete, authenticity questionable’
Oct 27, 07 1:59pm
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Nazri: 07 Nov 07 Last Deadline Video Clip Submission; Exclusive Ramblings in NST Interview 28 Oct 2007; Silent Majority Rules over 1000 Lawyers; Where got crisis?

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The exclusive and extensive Q & A interview with the defacto law Minister Datuk Nazri is in the New Sundays Times today. His ramblings covered again the current video clip controversy stating that the last deadline for the submission of details to the panel is on Nov 7 07 after which, it is no case for this “surat laying” video clip. He also mentioned the silent majority is not complaining and taking issues over this video clip and so are the MPs. Due to technological advances, it is only the bloggers that are making noise and what is 1000 lawyer’s voices compares to the rakyak voice & majority. Where is the judiciary crisis except in the minds of the minority? The executive cannot interfere with the sacking of the CJ. And he was complaining that a RCI cannot be set up for every unsubstantiated 'surat lalayang' that surface

Then what about a referendum on this issue?

Lie or no lie the Government is just unable to accept the reality that is facing the nation and use the usual excuse to dismiss valid allegations.

Also Tengku Adnan (see below) was also quoted that the video clip is a ploy to discredit the judiciary just like what Zam has said " a cheap publicity stunt by Anwa.. a ploy by Anwar to keep his name in the media’s limelight"..... “It is just a lie. We are wasting our time with the video clip"

The full transcript of the interview is now available in the updated post H E R E ON

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, who is the de-facto law minister, talks to ANIZA DAMIS about the controversial video clip, the judiciary, the Bar Council and bloggers

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2007/10/28, NST
ACA: Original copy must be handed in

PUTRAJAYA: The Anti-Corruption Agency has every right to demand the original video clip allegedly showing senior lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam brokering judical positions with a senior judge. Sources said only the original video clip could verify the truth of the allegations by Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. “How is the ACA going to be fair and just in its investigations if it is only given a thumbdrive which contains the video clip, purportedly showing a copy of the conversation?” Sources also said since Anwar was the one responsible for the controversial video clip, it was only right he hand over the original to the ACA. “He should stop giving excuses. If the conversation or the video clip was not tampered with, Anwar should not be scared. He should just hand over the original to the ACA.” On Friday, the former deputy prime minister filed an application in the High Court to set aside the order issued by the Anti-Corruption Agency asking him to hand over the original video clip.

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Tengku Adnan: Video clip a political ploy to discredit me

PUTRAJAYA: Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who had his statement recorded by Anti- Corruption Agency officers recently over the “Lingam” video clip, said he was not perturbed by the accusations. He described the act by an opposition leader to link him with the video clip, allegedly showing prominent lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam brokering the appointment of top judges with a senior judge, as a political ploy to discredit him. Tengku Adnan said although he was a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law at that time, he was not involved in the appointment of judges.

“This is a political gimmick by the (opposition) party. “I took care of the law and related affairs but I had no right to be involved in the appointment of judges, as the matter was the prerogative of certain people,” he said at his ministry’s Hari Raya open house yesterday. ACA director-general Datuk Ahmad Said Hamdan had said the ACA had recorded statements from Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Tengku Adnan in connection with the controversial video clip. Ahmad Said had said the statements were recorded before Hari Raya and that the ACA only needed the original unedited version of the video clip to facilitate investigations.

Tengku Adnan said he did not respond to a question related to the issue brought up by DAP chairman Karpal Singh in parliament recently as the matter was still under investigation. He said he would leave it to the ACA to decide. “This case is still under investigation. I am talking about it today because you (reporters) are asking me questions. Let the authorities complete their investigations.”
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Chief Justice has forfeited the trust of the people

Friday, 26 October 2007
The Chief Justice has forfeited the trust of the people and the confidence of the Malaysian Bar. The only thing for him to do when he no longer commands the trust of the people or the confidence of the Malaysian Bar is to go quietly. That is the best thing to do - the only thing he can do. The Chief Justice is well aware that he is embroiled in a controversy that has ar-reaching consequences for the entire country. That controversy involves the dignity and the independence of the judiciary which have been distressingly compromised.

Already a petition has been submitted to His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, this morning bearing the signatures of 5,036 petitioners highlighting the various concerns of the public and raising issues that has to be urgently redressed to rescue the judiciary from the clutches of some
unscrupulous persons garbed in judicial robes. Implicit in this action is the urgent appeal not to extend the Chief Justice's tenure of service forwhatever period, even as a face-saving grace.
The Bar Council has indicated that, if necessary, it will call for an EGM on22 November 2007 to discuss this and other concerns plaguing the judiciary in an attempt to right a wrong that can no longer be tolerated or ignored. In all probability the Bar Council will initiate a move to boycott the Chief Justice if his term is extended. Does he want to go through this ignominy - and for what purpose? Thedisgrace that he will suffer by having his tenure extended will go down in the annals of the judiciary as a shameful period in our history. He will not be forgotten or forgiven for the disrepute that he has brought upon the judiciary. And if he insists in dragging the judiciary through the mud by wanting to carry on in office after his retirement then his reasons for wanting to extend his tenure cannot be accepted as being honourable. He has inflicted enough damage on the judiciary and has trivialized justice itself with some of his questionable judgments and actions that promoted judges over the more deserving ones bringing further disrepute to the judiciary.

By now he should know that nothing is going to save him - neither Nazri nor the 3-man panel. The more Nazri opens his mouth in defence of the Chief Justice, the more ridiculous he seems to be - even sounding foolish. The 3-man panel established to assuage the public anger and outrage over the scandalous Lingam tape controversy has portrayed itself as an impotent body without any will or clout to serve the public interest. The three-man panel, it would seem, was set up to deceive the people that something was being done to address the rot in the judiciary that was implicitly revealed in the Lingam tape. It is now very apparent that it was meant to fool the public and buy time hoping that the issue would disappear. But this is one issue that will persist in being solved and it will be with us for a long time to come - until a Royal Commission of Inquiry is set up to purge the judiciary.
P Ramakrishnan; President; 26 October 2007


from harismibrahim blog

Daulat Tuanku

Posted by Haris Ibrahim October 26th, 2007

I am pleased to confirm that at 10.35am this morning, your petition to His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong was safely delivered by hand into the office of His Majesty. 5,036 anak-anak Bangsa Malaysia have shouldered the responsibility of bearing the concerns of the people of this nation to His Majesty. May God protect and guide His Majesty and give him the strength, the courage and the wisdom to do what is right and just.

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= = =and PM Abdullah talked of protection of the witnesses; the police can't even protect themselves properly and got shot by the drug dealers! Can you trust them.?

October 27, 2007 16:43 PM
Govt Promises Protection For Witnesses In Video Clip Probe

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (ABOVE) said the government will ask the police to ensure the safety of the people who come forward to assist in the probe into the video recording purportedly showing a lawyer on the phone trying to broker the appointment of judges. The prime minister said that when the situation warranted some people to be protected, then the government would provide such protection.

"The police will be asked to protect the witnesses," he told reporters after opening the 10th annual scientific meeting of the Malaysian Association for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, here. Abdullah also said the government was actively looking into crafting a witness protection law. "It's up to the Attorney-General to determine this. The relevant bill has not yet reached the cabinet," he said. On Monday, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) gave Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim until Thursday to hand over the original video clip. However, the ACA issued a statement on Thursday saying that Anwar had

failed to turn in the clip. Anwar has filed an application in the High Court here to set aside the order issued by the ACA. On Sept 18, the ACA started its probe to assist the three-member special panel set up on Sept 27 to investigate the authenticity of the recording. The panel comprises former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar.

= == = == == = == =and Zainuddin, the Minister of Popaganda is at it saying IT is controlling people and still insisting the Video Clip is a gimmick concocted out of IT trickery. Even the blind can hear and feel that the Video clip can only be genuine if they can recognize the voice in the Clip and yet he could at one go slammed the authenticity as a ploy to deceive.

October 27, 2007 18:35 PM
”Be Wary Of "Political Desperados" - Zainuddin

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 (Bernama) -- Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said people should be wary of the gimmicks of some politicians who purposely raise sensitive issues to gain political mileage. He said this was because such "political desperados" could play havoc with people's emotions and lucidity to the extent that the latter may be gripped by conflicting sentiments, thus exposing themselves to exploitation. The minister said many people were unaware that much time had been wasted on a cheap political gimmick being played out lately. Zainuddin was alluding to the video recording purportedly showing a lawyer on the phone trying to broker the appointment of judges in 2002.

It came to light after the eight-minute recording made its way into a website. The issue was also linked to former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had reportedly admitted having in his possession the original recording. But the Anti-Corruption Agency had said that Anwar had yet to hand over the video clip to the agency which is assisting a three-man independent panel in investigating its authenticity. Met at the Aidilfitri open house organised by the Information Ministry here, Zainuddin said if the people were influenced by such a gimmick, this would prove that they had fallen prey to unscrupulous parties who had turned to information communication technology (ICT) to make the gimmick look real.

"We should be in control of IT (information technology) but it appears that IT is controlling us," he said. The minister said that such gimmicks would continue in the run-up to the next general election. However, Zainuddin expressed confidence that Malaysians would not fall for them as they had matured after having gone through tumultuous events in the country's history, including the financial crisis of the 90s. He said that people should be smart enough to distinguish between what was real or otherwise, thus proving that they were not easily influenced by what was being peddled via ICT.

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Anwar files application to set aside ACA order

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has filed an application in the High Court here to set aside the order issued by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) asking him to hand over the original video clip showing a prominent lawyer on the phone purportedly trying to broker the appointment of judges. In his application, the former deputy prime minister said the order was “illegal, unreasonable and irrational.” “It has asked me to do something that is physically impossible. I cannot deliver something which I do not have. “It is also mala fide because I had already given a statement to the ACA that the original full version was with the source who brought it to me,” he said in the application.

He claimed that the ACA order amounted to an abuse of power and was a direct threat to his personal freedom and a violation of his constitutional rights. The application was filed by his lawyers William Leong & Co. On Monday, after an interview with Anwar, the ACA gave him until Thursday to hand over the original video clip. He, however, said he would give them a “genuine and proper” copy, which had been authenticated by forensic technical experts, as the original was not in his possession.

On Thursday, Anwar said the ACA officers cancelled their meeting, but later that day, ACA issued a statement saying that Anwar had failed to turn in the clip and the onus was on him to do so.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin (ABOVE) dismissed the video clip as a cheap publicity stunt by Anwar. He believed it was a ploy by Anwar to keep his name in the media’s limelight. The media, he added, were being used by him and that Anwar was trying to make a come back. “It is just a lie. We are wasting our time with the video clip,” he told reporters yesterday after the RTM “Q” day ceremony. He also said the lawyers who had marched to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya and called for reforms in the judiciary were being used by the opposition.


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