Tun Salleh Abbas case still hangingPosted: May 26, 2008
Everyone thought that the 1988 Tun Salleh Abbas case would be over after the PM announced that Tun Salleh and others would be given ex-gratia payment, in acknowledging the injustice done towards them since 1988.
Apparently, it’s still very much alive.
This was in the StarOnline today:
Salleh Abbas dares critics to call for inquiry
PETALING JAYA: Former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas has dared his critics to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the 1988 judicial crisis instead of prolonging debates on the issue.
He said he wanted to forget the crisis and put everything behind him but there were people who were not happy with him getting the ex-gratia payment from the Government.
“If anybody is not happy with my innocence, call for the Government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate,” the 79-year-old Salleh said, when contacted.
“I think these unhappy people who doubted my innocence should channel all their energy to something more positive and that is to call for the Royal Commission of Inquiry.
“I never lobbied for the ex-gratia payment. All these years,I have been living in my kampung for 20 years.
Full article here.
One of the major critics, and I imagine would be the man that Salleh Abbas is referring to, would be Matthias Chang. His article was posted on Malaysia Today and at BigDog.
Excerpts from BigDog:
Tun Salleh’s contention was that his complaint to the Agong aroused the anger of the then Prime Minister that led to this “unconstitutional dismissal”.
How many Malaysians have read this complaint?
In fact, it was an earlier complaint against the Agong himself by Tun Salleh that triggered the demand by the Agong that Tun Salleh be dismissed for writing a scandalous and imprudent letter.
For reasons best known to the former Prime Minister and the former Attorney-General, this first letter was not made a subject matter of a charge of misconduct against Tun Salleh. I trust that in the near future, this matter will be brought to the attention of the public so as to dispel any illusions as to the reasons why the then Agong directed the former Prime Minister to dismiss Tun Salleh.
The second letter by Tun Salleh to the Agong alleging executive interference in the judiciary exacerbated the already precarious relationship between Tun Salleh and the Agong.
Full article here.
The second letter, and also Dr M’s response to the Agong on his direction to dismiss Salleh Abbas are on the webpage.
Now, this article written by Matthias provides us with a lot of loopholes in this issue. Assuming all that Matthias has written is the truth, only the truth and nothing but the truth, then surely Salleh Abbas would have a lot to answer to.
This first letter has never seen light, or by any other eyes other than the Agong and Tun Salleh Abbas, probably also read by Dr M and the then AG. If this particular letter is the root of all the dispute, then surely it is a very important part of the investigations.
I find Tun Salleh Abbas’ response to Matthias’ article slightly comical. To set up a Royal Commission to prove his innocence? But wasn’t it a Tribunal that found him guilty in the first place?
Whether or not the 1988 Tirbunal passed verdict justly is not for me to question. But to ask that another Commission be set up to prove the 1988 Tribunal wrong is just bordering being idiotic. And probably being desperate to stop the critics.
Besides, setting up of Commissions require money. The people’s money. How many Commissions do we need to set up to set the matter straight? Why must we call for Commissions whenever there is something we cannot agree on?
Matthias Chang has made a quick response to Tun Salleh Abbas’ “dare”, which is also posted on BigDog.
He asked me to demand from the government to establish a Royal Commission to investigate into his dismissal. Why should I? I hold the view that the Tribunal had every reason to hold that Tun Salleh had misconducted himself as per the charges.
Is it my responsibility to call for a Royal Commission when a Tribunal convened by King himself found him guilty of all the charges that was proffered against him? He should be the one who should “lobby” the government if he feels strongly that he has been unjustly victimised!
Why is Tun Salleh avoiding the issues posed by my questions and diverting the issues by asking me to “lobby” for a Royal Commission?
Tun Salleh should be transparent first and answer my questions.
1) Did Tun write two letters to the Agong? What was the content of the first letter?
2) Did Tun advise his fellow judges, especially the five judges who supported him, the contents of the first letter?
3) If Tun did, what was their response?
4) If Tun did not advise the judges, what were Tun’s reasons for the cover-up?
Full article posted here.
insanity is what I call it.