Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lawyers' March Towards Justice

Malaysian Bar Council has called for a walk for justice in view of the recent video that showed a prominent lawyer talking on the phone in fixing the appointment of judges and outcome of cases.

With such evidence, the Malaysian Bar Council will be handing a signed petition at the Prime Minister's Department. Not just a handing over of a petition but hundreds of lawyers (and judges too?) will gather at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya before embarking on a walk to deliver the petition.

This will take place at 11am and whoever out there wants justice to be heard this time, the calling is for you! News are out that CNN, Reuters and Al-Jazeera will be there to witness the event.

Edmund Bon of the Bar Council has a message for you:
The walk tomorrow is a peaceful stroll to the PM's Office. Everything humanly possible is being done and has been done over the couple of days to ensure this. The Cabinet has been informed that we are doing this, and handing over a memorandum and a representative will be expecting us.

The walk is importantly (1) a show of solidarity of the Bar and civil society's positions on the issue (2) to send a message that we are serious about wanting a clean up of the Judiciary including by (3) calling for an independent appointments and promotion commission (4) calling for a royal commission to enquire into the recording and the state of the administration of justice in Malaysia.

A Star sms has been received about DPM announcing the establishment of a panel to investigate the authenticity of the clip. This does not change anything about the walk. We are still proceeding to walk because the issues we are advocating are not limited to the recording alone but with much larger issues as described above.

And would such a decision by the Govt for a panel be set up have been made without the continuous pressure from us and civil society which includes calling for this walk, more so after PM said there would be no royal commission?

Believe in the power we all have in making change, and believe in ourselves. We CANNOT be afraid to walk, we CANNOT look lowly on ourselves, we CANNOT give up our country to people who do not deserve to run it.


Meantime, another petition on the same is being organised where it will be handed over to the HRH King or Agong in due course.
Tags: Lawyers, Judges, Malaysian Bar Council, Prime Minister's Department, Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, Petition, Agong, CNN, Reuters, Al-Jazeera



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