Salleh Abas case closed

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Aug 2006

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KUALA LUMPUR: The 1988 sacking of the then Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas and two Supreme Court judges will not be reviewed, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. 

He said there was no strong reason to re-examine the case and Salleh's sacking was no longer an issue. 

“There is no way we will re-open this as his peers have already tried him,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday. 

“If we decide now to re-open it and there is a decision in his favour, what is there to stop others from calling for another case to be re-opened. It is final.” 

On Aug 15, Bar Council president Yeo Yang Poh had called for an impartial re-examination of events leading up to the 1988 sacking of the judges. 

Nazri said there was also no necessity to discuss the issue within the Cabinet.  

He added that should members of the tribunal that tried Salleh and his colleagues say they had been forced into making their decision, then that could warrant a re-opening of the case. 

“We can’t be re-looking at each case just because lawyers feel unhappy,” he remarked. 

Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, however, called for a full inquiry into the 1988 incident, saying the country’s judicial system had worsened since then and public confidence had not been fully restored. 

“The wrongs must be righted and the judges who have been wronged must have their honour restored,” he added. 

On another issue, Nazri said the present judicial system was working well but added that the Government would be open to any proposal for a new system put forward by the judiciary. 

He added that at present there was “no reason to re-assess the system, as there has been no miscarriage of justice.”  

On Monday, Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim had proposed a new judiciary system to incorporate magistrates and Sessions Court judges into the judiciary to ensure its full independence. 

Magistrates and Sessions Court judges are now government servants. 

Nazri said although Ahmad Fairuz had raised some valid points, the current system was the convention practised for years here and in other countries. 

He said magistrates and Sessions Court judges were aware of the fact that they were accountable for the decisions they made.  

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