Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Walk for Justice

About 800 Malaysian lawyers (plus 200 of others) gathered at the Palace of Justice to begin their walk towards the Prime Minister's Department at noon. Why the delay? Apparently, 7 buses that were fetching the lawyers from the city centre were barred from entering Putrajaya. Nothing could stop them and they walked before the main walk. Walk they did, 3.5km to the Palace of Justice.
I'm so proud of this crowd. Just look at it, it represented the multi-racial Malaysia. This issue of Walk for Justice was not political nor confrontational but to request for an inquest into the shocking video.

It shows that many lawyers still cared for their profession and various individuals from other states came too.

Somehow, the authorities didn't take things for granted. The FRU police team was on standby with batons and shieds being held by the policemen. For goodness sake, the lawyers were only trying to hand over two memorandums:-
1) 1st memorandum called for a royal commission of inquiry to be set up to examine the claims made in the video clip, as well as the state of the judiciary; and
2) 2nd memorandum urged the establishment of a judicial appointments commission for the appointment and promotion of judges.

Malaysian Bar Council president, Ambiga Sreenevasan, said that the presence of the FRU police was 'an act of intimidation'. Kudos to the lawyers.

Pictures sourced from Malaysia Today and Screenshots.
Tags: Palace of Justice, Prime Minister's Department, Putrajaya, Malaysia, Walk For Justice, Lawyers, FRU, Malaysian Bar Council, Ambiga Sreenevasan, Intimidation

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Blogger Convivialdingo said...

It makes me wonder what would happen in America. I've never seen or heard of a "lawyer march" here in the states - much less any lawyers marching for Justice!

You might never see a group together, except perhaps at a convention LOL.

27 September, 2007 00:07  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

hahhaa. fyi, this the 3rd walk done by the legal fraternity. once in the 70s and another in the late 80s. both were due to controversies in the legal profession

27 September, 2007 12:41  

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