UPDATE Circular No 099/2013: Workshop on the Art of Basic Conveyancing Practice (30 May 2013)
Kindly be informed that due to overwhelming response, all places for this workshop have been filled and registration is now closed.
… let me stress that history will be the judge whether or not I was guilty of misbehaviour as charged for faithfully discharging the functions of a Judge of the Supreme Court of Malaysia conscientiously and with the highest regard for the preservation of an independent Judiciary.
During critical and crucial times in the history of a nation, judges are expected to be the standard-bearers of justice. This is a moral obligation and under the circumstance they are expected to act positively and with a clear conscience.Justice George Seah's words could not have rung truer, as he and the other five Judges (including Tun Salleh Abas), were vindicated many years later. On 17 April 2008, then-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (as he then was), effectively rendered an apology in acknowledging and describing Justice George Seah and the other five Supreme Court Judges (including Tun Salleh Abas) thus: "For me and for many other Malaysians, these towering judicial personalities represent a very different era for the nation's judiciary. Many felt that the judiciary then was a venerable institution which could be trusted to deliver justice."
The five of us who were embroiled in this difficult episode of the 1988 judicial crisis did not rally around the suspended LP but rather responded to the call of duty in the interest of justice.
No matter how facts are twisted, in the eyes of God, Truth will prevail from the 1988 Judicial Crisis.
…the Government would like to recognise the contributions of these six judges to the nation, their commitment towards upholding justice and to acknowledge the pain and loss they have endured. For Tan Sri Eusoffe and Tan Sri Wan Suleiman and their families, I know this sentiment is made too late. For Tun Salleh Abas, Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin, Tan Sri Wan Hamzah and Dato George Seah, although this acknowledgement is 20 years too late, it is made with much hope that a measure of the pain and loss may yet be healed.Justice George Seah will also always be remembered by Judges, lawyers, academicians and law students for the purposive and progressive judicial statements he made on public law; in particular, that "the rule of locus standi must be developed to meet the changing times", and that ouster clauses are ineffective in barring judicial review where a tribunal makes an error of law.
In recognition of the contributions of the six outstanding judges, the Government has decided to make goodwill ex gratia payments to them. Gentlemen, I do not presume to equate your contributions, pain and loss with mere currency, but I hope that you could accept this as a heartfelt and sincere gesture to mend what has been.
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