The morning on Wednesday, 26th Sept 2007 would be another milestone as far as about 1,000 lawyers are concern. Seven buses chartered by Bar Council begun their march for “Justice”, only to be stopped and barred from entering Putrajaya, the central government administration of Malaysia. In the history of Malaysia there were three marches by lawyers – lawyers first marched in numbers in 1978, then again in 1999 and now in 2007.
About 1,000 lawyers gathered at the Palace of Justice to march and hand over a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s office, calling for a royal commission to investigate a video clip showing a senior lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges with a senior judge. The peaceful march, organised by the Bar Council was also joined by other NGOs and public concerned with the judiciary scandal.
Despite the seriousness of the judiciary scandal hitting Abdullah Badawi’s administration, the news of the crisis was played down by government-controlled media. Thanks to the blogging that flourishing in the blogosphere, surfers are no longer kept in the dark of the true pictures. Realizing this, Jeff Ooi has decided to let the pictures do the taking in anticipation of media blackout. To do our part in pressing for “Save the Judiciary”, FinanceTwitter has selected some photos captured by Jeff during the long march.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar who today said the current unrest in Myanmar is worrisome and leading to an embarrassment for ASEAN might want to think the same way about the equally embarrassing judiciary scandal that hit his own country. As much as it would be seen as a joke that Asean could not resolve the Myanmar issue, the joke is more amusing at the own yard of his country, Malaysia.
Although a three-man special independent panel headed by a retired top judge has been formed (out of pressure from the public) to investigate and determine the authenticity of a video clip, the opposition said the formation of the panel was unacceptable and a Royal Commission of Inquiry should instead be formed to conduct a full and comprehensive investigation to restore public confidence in the judiciary.
While the photos were taken by Jeff Ooi, the comments are from FinanceTwitter. Enjoy the photos and if your appetite cries for more Jeff Ooi has about 53 pictures published in his blog.
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