Understatement; you were much more, a no-
Nonsense beacon of impeccable principles;
Distinguished by a strict adherence to the
Rule of law, justice and the Constitution.
Minion of politicians and chief executive
Officers in high places, you never were!
Holding your head up high, resolutely battling
Autocrats and their mincing cronies bent on
Making a mockery of an independent Judiciary;
Ending prematurely your tenure as Lord President
Distorting and denigrating your life and legacy.
Suffian (Tun) said, on your removal, “I was
Ashamed of being a Malaysian for the first time in my
Life” – as did all law-loving citizens who mourn your
Loss today but celebrate your rich contributions;
Exemplified by an unswerving integrity in your
Heroic defence of a then beleaguered Judiciary.
As we reminisce, remember, take stock and look
Back on your tumultuous legal journey
And the sacrifices you made for our country
Silently we salute you – Tun Dr Mohamed Salleh Abas (1929-2021).
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