Whoa ho ho ho! This is the most explosive revelation ever, even more dynamite than the Lingam tape.
Malaysiakini published Bar Council startled by judge's 'damning' disclosure, in which we are privileged to a tsunamic revelation by Sarawak High Court judge Ian Chin ..... that 10 years ago he and several judges were threatened by none other than Dr M.
Judge Chin claimed that at the Judges' Conference held on April 24 2007, where then PM, Dr M, was scheduled to hold a dialogue with the judges, that event turned out to be anything but a dialogue.
Apparently it was a monologue briefing. Chin averred:
“What was termed a dialogue and later reported as one was anything but a dialogue. (Mahathir) went there to issue a thinly-veiled threat to remove judges by referring to the tribunal that was set up before and stating that though it may be difficult to do so, it was still done."
Chin said this happened after a couple of judgements were passed but deemed as unsatisfactory in Dr M’s opinion.
Apart from implicating Dr M, Judge Chin also laid in on former chief justice Eusoff Chin.
Malaysian Bar president S Ambiga was alarmed and concerned when contacted to comment on the stunning revelations. Needless to say, such a revelation by a current sitting high Court judge has sent shock waves throughout the legal fraternity.
Chin also informed us that one month after the so-called ‘dialogue’, he had to attend a boot camp together with selected judges and judicial officers.
He claimed: “The boot camp was without any doubt an attempt to indoctrinate participants to hold the view that the government’s interest as being more important than all else when considering judgments.”
“Everyone was quiet during the question sessions. Also invited to the boot camp was a lecturer from a university who berated the election case.*"
* the voting result for Sarawak state constituency of Bukit Begunan in February 1997 was declared by Judge Chin as null and void on the ground that the vote was tainted with bribery, and which Dr M was allegedly unhappy about
I wonder who was the uni wonder?
Chin continued: “(But) the bright spot in this episode was that a judicial officer, during question time, told the lecturer that she had no question but only a statement to make which was that the lecturer was in contempt of court.” ;-) what a woman - wow!
Chin also revealed that former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim had attended the ‘boot camp’.
Apparently Dr M was scheduled to talk at this ‘boot camp’ but he did not turn up and instead sent then-blue-eye-boy Anwar there. According to Chin, instead of talking, Anwar invited questions.
Judge Chin remembered just one question that was aired, recalling: “The one question I remembered being asked was: 'are politicians looking for girls when they are often seen loitering at posh hotel lobbies?'."
Was the answer ‘yes’? ;-)
Strange Anwar Ibrahim didn't reveal this earlier - it would have knifed Dr M well and good, but of course he could possibly have been damaged collaterally.