Thursday, 30 October 2008

High Court Judge Ian Chin has resigned

Justice Ian Chin, the controversial judge from Sabah, who made claims that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had threatened and intimidated judges, has tendered his resignation.

Deputy Minister in Prime Minister's Department T Murugiah told Parliament today that Chin had submitted his resignation to the Yang di Pertuan Agong in a letter dated July 16, according to a Malaysiakini report.

He will step down from Dec 1, 2008. He is on leave from Aug 1 to Nov 30.

Chin, 60, who has served 16 years, is the most senior of all judges in the High Court. His resignation comes six years before he is due to retire.

Murugiah also said that the government has no plans for now to petition the Agong to appoint a tribunal - as provided for in the federal constitution - to determine whether or not Chin is guilty of misconduct.

In June, Justice Chin caused a stir when he claimed that Dr Mahathir had made a thinly veiled threat against the judges at the Judges Conference on April 24, 1997, that they could be sacked if they failed to deliver judgements in the Government’s favour.

He alleged that “errant" judges were sent to a boot camp in an "attempt to indoctrinate them to hold the view that the Government's interest was more important than all else."

Dr Mahathir had denied the allegations saying that the ‘boot camp’ was a tata negara (national creed) work camp and that Chin had absconded from the event.

He also denied ever issuing ‘veiled threats’.


MY New Dawn said...

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Is outcome of Munawar's appeal indicative of what we can expect from Zaki Boss of the Malaysian Judiciary
Chief Justice Zaki Azmi beginning to throw his true colours...

Will he be able to be INDEPENDENT of UMNO and his past friends, and be able to be concerned only with justice...

Will he be a progressive judge only concerned with JUSTICE - not fearful of developing the law so that justice be done...or will he just remain a tool of UMNO and his 'old friends'.

Also noted that Zaki Azmi was a businessman with involvement in a string of companies - and if so, he must recuse himself from any case involving those companies and/or related companies or even companies whereby his once fellow member of the Board of Directors or management is involved.

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ChengHo said...

Ian Chin is a politician afterall.