PR: Pak Lah has done something rightPosted: April 18, 2008
Yes. The Pakatan Rakyat have, in complete unison, applauded the step taken by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in recognising the need for judicial reform in Malaysia. I wrote about it previously here.
Pakatan Rakyat applauds moves for judicial reforms
PAKATAN Rakyat leaders were of one voice in welcoming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s moves for judicial reforms but agreed that it was but a first step in the restoration of the judiciary’s independence. Much more needs to be done, they said.
Opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the Opposition had long debated the setting up of the Judicial Commission.
“Alhamdullilah (Thank God), it has materialised, but it should have been made so much earlier,” she said.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar lauded the Government’s first step, saying that it “sounded good”.
However, he wanted more detailed descriptions of the proposed changes.
“We want to make sure that there are adequate safeguards, so that corruption and abuses, and misconduct of the whole judiciary can be really checked,” he said.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang welcomed the long overdue judicial reforms, in particular the ex-gratia payments to the six wronged judges in the 1988 judicial crisis.
“However, I think it is inadequate because I think the victims are not only the six but the entire nation,” he said, adding that the Malaysian judicial system “made us the laughing stock of the world”.
Full article here.
Now, this is what I call true nation building spirit. Even though Pak Lah is the leader of Barisan Nasional, and the PR are opposing them, they do not stoop so low as to not applaud the competitor when he has done something right. This is purely giving credit where credit is due. And I applaud the PR leaders.
And, since we’re on the subject of true spirit of nation building, let’s hope that Pak Lah really carries out all necessary steps needed to see this thing through.