Lingam tape: Dr M and others involvedPosted: May 16, 2008
PUTRAJAYA, MAY 16 — A high-level inquiry found evidence that prominent government and judicial figures, including former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, were involved in a conspiracy to manipulate the appointment of judges, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zaid Ibrahim said today.
The Cabinet told the Attorney General’s office today to undertake immediate investigations into the “possibility that offences against the law have been committed,” Zaid told reporters.
The video, filmed by a visitor to Lingam‘s house, shows him talking about ways to help Ahmad Fairuz become Malaysia’s top-ranking judge with the help of business tycoon Vincent Tan and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a former Cabinet minister.
In the video, Lingam is heard saying that he, Tan and Tengku Adnan had contacted Mahathir regarding judicial appointments.
All of them denied any wrongdoing while testifying at inquiry hearings earlier this year.
Lingam claimed he may have been drunk when the video was shot. Ahmad Fairuz, who became chief justice in 2003 and retired last year, denied speaking to Lingam. Mahathir, Tengku Adnan and Tan insisted they were not part of any conspiracy.
This is big big news, although most of us would have already guessed (and correctly too) by now. There’s something about KNOWING that it’s true, and having the politicians admitting that it’s true, though. Nothing beats having these people eat their own words.
This investigation had better REALLY go on. We don’t want just a farce, an empty “investigation” shell, and no content. We want to see results of these investigations. We want the people involved, and found to be guilty, to be charged according to the law.
No favouritism. No taking sides. Everything needs to be fair and transparent if Malaysia is going to get anywhere near redeeming it’s judiciary, now that it’s been ripped to pieces.