Liew: Judicial misconduct probes will go on

  • Nation
  • Monday, 03 Jun 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The government will wait for the outcome of a lawsuit by former Sabah chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee to stop the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into judicial misconduct.In the meantime, the police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will continue their probes into the allegations, says de facto Law Minister Datuk V.K. Liew.

He said ongoing investigations would not be affected by the suit filed by Yong in April.

Liew said the case management for the suit was expected to be heard after Hari Raya and a hearing date would be fixed for the case.

“We will have to see the merits on that case as there is this allegation that the setting up of this RCI was unconstitutional and there is also a conflict of interest, among other things,” he told reporters in Sandakan yesterday.

Yong, who is Sabah Progressive Party president, initiated legal action to stop the government from setting up the RCI to probe allegations of judicial interference and misconduct.

He filed the suit at the High Court here to seek a declaration that the Federal Govern­ment’s decision to set up the RCI was unconstitutional and in breach of the principle of separation of powers.

The RCI was proposed by the government after Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer filed an affidavit outlining the alleged misconduct on Feb 14. This was followed by probes by both police and MACC.

Hamid alleged, among others, that senior judges had intervened in the decision of numerous appeals and abetted in scams carried out by nominees of politicians who had entered into contracts with the government.

Meanwhile, Liew also dismissed calls for a second RCI on Sabah’s illegal immigrant problem as it had already been done by the previous Barisan Nasional government.

Liew said the report on the matter was published in 2013 with recommendations by the committee headed by former Sabah and Sarawak chief judge Tan Sri Steve Shim.

“They even had a technical committee chaired by former deputy chief minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. But we don’t know what happened to that report,” he said when commenting on Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili’s call to set up an RCI on citizenship issuance in Sabah.

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