Thursday, 13 November 2008

Nazri: I made a mistake, it is true the judges were sacked – Malaysiakini

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz, admitted today that the six former Supreme Court judges, embroiled in the 1988 judicial crisis, were indeed sacked.

He also explained that his remark in the Dewan Rakyat regarding the 'retirement' was based on the pensions the six judges had received over the last 20 years, according to a report by Malaysiakini .

He revealed that it was the former Yang dipeartuan Agong who had requested the government to pay pension to the six sacked judges.

"It is true, they were sacked, " he said.

"I regret my statement has caused some misrepresentations. I did not mean to do as I did not know the contents of the letter," he explained.

King wanted pension for sacked judges
Rahmah Ghazali Nov 13, 08 2:01pm

Former Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Iskandar Ismail had requested the government to pay pension to the six sacked judges who were embroiled in the 1988 judiciary crisis, Parliament was told.

Revealing this today, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz said the king had expressed his wish in a letter about 20 years ago to the then chief secretary to the government.

Nazri said he discovered this letter after a thorough investigation and conceded his mistake in claiming earlier that the six judges were not sacked but forced to retire.

He also explained that his remark in the Dewan Rakyat regarding the 'retirement' was based on the pensions the six judges had received over the last 20 years.

"This (letter from the King) is the thing that I did not know. But I want to say that I regret my statement based on the fact they received pensions," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Normally, he said, government service pensions will not be given if the civil ervants were sacked.

"That is why, I said, 'maybe, maybe they were not sacked because they received pensions'... but it is true, they were sacked.

"I regret my statement has caused some misrepresentations. I did not mean to do as I did not know the contents of the letter," he explained.

The minister added that he would also explain the matter in the House.

'Parliament asked, so we revealed

'The six judges, including former Lord President Salleh Abas, recently received RM10.5 million in ex-gratia payment from the government.

Salleh received RM5 million while former Supreme Court judges, the late Wan Suleiman Pawanteh (RM2 million), George Seah (RM2 million), Azmi Kamaruddin, the late Eusoffe Abdoolcadeer and Wan Hamzah Mohamed Salleh (RM500,000).

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lain kali check the facts first lah baru buka mulut. Tapi biasalah dengan Nazri ni, mulut celupa. Dah kena bantai bari nak Investigate. Never learn his lesson. Donch know why he is appointed to the post, macam tak der orang lain.

alang said...

anon 7:13am,

Am no fan of this Nazri, but he admitted he made a mistake. How many Umno members have done that - apologise?

Anonymous said...

Let the People Judge...

When najib reshuffles his cabinet, he should not retain those who are obviously not fit to be ministers...
We have a List of unbelievable Gaffs such as those by Hamid Albar and Nazri that merit the new Prime Minister's attention.

If he retains them ...then..let's forget about a Credible Government.

Politikus bandar

Samat said...

This Nazri guy is very fond of giving bullets to the opposition. He is a liability...he is not fit to be a minister.

Al said...

Hi all ...
Best to do ... DO NOT WASTE TIME with this fellow ... full of sh*#! How on earth he gets into cabinet ... and managed to stay in cabinet time-after-time really beats me. I do hope DSNTR will leave this id*#@ out ... ni lah orang bodoh-sombong ... a Minister pulak tu ... can always count on him to display his 'bodohness' time & time again ...

Al said...

Hi to all
My take is NOT TO WASTE TIME with this fellow. How he manages to get into cabinet ... & stays selected each & every time beats me. He's full of sh*@! Ni lah Melayu 'bodoh-sombong' ... keeps on proving his 'bodohness' time & time again. I do hope & pray that DSNTR leaves this id-10-t out come March. Please lah!!

Anonymous said...

Nazri is an opposite of clever!