In urgent need of a makeover

Major discomfort: The allegations Hamid Sultan made in his affidavit has created public perception that the Judiciary is corrupt and prone to abuse of power when there are many honest and hardworking judges with impeccable integrity.

I cannot confidently say that the whole of Malaysia was shocked by the allegations in Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer’s affidavit. Sure, there are serious allegations made against some members of the Judiciary and this ought to be of concern to every citizen who wants our key institutions’ integrity to be protected.

After all, it has often been said that the courts of law are the last bastion of justice for the ordinary citizens. However, decades ago, a judge had also made allegations of corruption and abuse of power within the Judiciary through a “surat layang” (poison letter). This judge subsequently resigned and the public did not know what happened to the allegations.

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