Someone has brought the judiciary to disrepute, and the saddest part is that someone is the Ipoh judiciary.
The Ipoh High Court is now under accusation of contempt of the State Assembly, in its pathetic and unforgiveable attempt to bar the State Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar from convening assembly meetings, having the temerity to suggest such Assembly meetings called by the Speaker are unlawful.
In reality the judiciary has no authority to interfere with the Legislative.
Like the Malaysian police force, judicial commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim didn’t seem to understand the democratic concept of ‘separation of powers’. He dared to interfere with the proceedings of the State Assembly, something completely outside his jurisdiction.
Karpal Singh has told the Speaker, Sivakumar, to ignore the Ipoh High Court as its ruling has been unlawful and void.
The Lion of Gelugor roared: "Why challenge something which is in fact non-existent? Ignore the High Court order as I think the assembly has the power to ignore the order. It is null and void and it is not required to be followed."
Unbelievable and impossible as it may seem, the judicial commissioner has brought even greater shame and disrepute to the Malaysian judiciary. For a lawyer to propose ignoring a High Court order means that High Court ruling is half past six!
Unrelenting like a bulldog, Karpal urged Sivakumar to turn the tables on the judicial commissioner for making an unconstitutional decision for which he ‘could be brought before the Perak state assembly’.
And let’s not forget the Ipoh Police Chief for unlawfully barring the State Assembly from its legislative proceedings. I believe the penalty is several years imprisonment.
But even worse than the judicial commissioner’s unconstitutional interference with the State Assembly, he has either stupidly or maliciously attempted to foist upon Sivakumar the services of the State Legal Advisor who is already representing Sivakumar’s opponent in the courts, Zambry the Pretender to the MB position.
Any layperson would see that as an unmitigated ‘conflict of interest’, not unlike buying a house by using the housing developer’s lawyer to oversight the purchase contract.
His reasoning that Sivakumar, whom he wrongfully presumed to be a 'public official', is obliged to accept the services of the State Legal Advisor is untenable, as he fails to understand, apart from the unforgiveable ‘conflict of interest’, that a Speaker of the House is NOT a public official.
Article 132(3)(b) of the Federal Constitution categorically states that ‘the public service shall NOT be taken to comprise’ the Speakers of Parliament and the Legislative Assemblies of the State.What a sad, sorry and half past six bloke!
Each day we are losing respect for yet another once-hallowed and respected Malayisan institution - today the dubious credit for that erosion of respect must go to judicial commissioner Ridwan Ibrahim.