Malaysia-Press Release | The RCI is an Opportunity for Thorough and Comprehensive Institutional Reform of the Judiciary

Press Release | The RCI is an Opportunity for Thorough and Comprehensive Institutional Reform of the Judiciary





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Press Release

The RCI is an Opportunity for Thorough and Comprehensive Institutional Reform of the Judiciary
The Malaysian Bar commends the Government's prompt decision to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry ("RCI") to investigate the allegations of judicial interference and judicial misconduct that have been made by Justice Datuk Dr Haji Hamid Sultan bin Abu Backer ("Justice Hamid Sultan"), a Court of Appeal judge.

The Malaysian Bar has repeatedly called for the establishment of such a RCI since August 2018, when the allegations first surfaced during Justice Hamid Sultan's presentation at the Malaysian Bar's International Malaysia Law Conference 2018.

We reiterate our call to the Government to expand the terms of reference of the RCI to include recommending holistic proposals for thorough and comprehensive reforms to improve and strengthen the institution of the Judiciary, in addition to addressing all the allegations of judicial misconduct. This RCI provides a significant and crucial opportunity that the Government must seize.

We are confident that the members of the RCI (who are yet to be announced) will execute their exceedingly important work with the greatest dedication and integrity, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for the truth and proposals for reform.

The Malaysian Bar is mindful that the sanctity of the independence and integrity of the Judiciary is essential and of the utmost importance for upholding the rule of law and instilling public confidence, and must not be allowed to be tarnished.  We therefore urge all parties to demonstrate respect and support for the RCI and the weighty mandate entrusted to it, by refraining from speculating or making adverse comments on the allegations made by Justice Hamid Sultan, until the RCI concludes its investigation and its findings are revealed.

The Malaysian Bar stands ready to assist the RCI and will, to this end, make available all the expertise and resources we can muster. 
George Varughese
President
Malaysian Bar
22 February 2019







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