Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Justice! We want Justice!
UPDATE: 26 September 2007
'When Lawyers walk, there is something wrong' Ambiga S, President of the Malaysian BAR Council said to great applause from the 3000 odd people gathered at the steps of the Palace of Justice, in Putrajaya. The gathering was organised by the Bar council, to show that the Legal profession is greatly disturbed by the state of affairs in their profession. This is especially so , with the emergence of a video which implicated the current Chief Justice, on the apparent appointment of certain individuals to the judiciary. The march from Palace of Justice to the Prime Ministers office was about 1.5kms in distance, and it took the crowd some 20mins to reach reach the office of the PM. What was more worrying was the presence of the Police force in big numbers, ranging from the Special Branch (and their high tech cameras) as well as the Federal Reserve Unit (Crowd control and dispersal, along with their water cannons and tear gas equipment) , K9 units, Air Wing, Patrol cars as well as Highway Patrol! We couldn't have felt 'safer'!
Credit to the Police for not aggravating the marchers, but one blogger did overhear a senior officer speaking loudly to his colleagues that it was okay to open fire (tembak!) as the gathering was illegal. This I am not sure, but what I am certain is that when Lawyers walk, we have no fear! It poured some 10 minutes after we arrived at the PM's office, after the delegation of Committee members of the BAR were allowed in. The rest of us, well we just soaked up the rain. The persistence of the organisers were more evident when they stood soaked to thier skin urging on the crowd with chants 'we are the Malaysian Bar', 'We want justice', 'Siasat, siasat'.
30 minutes under the rain was enough for me, when the delegation came out and provided to brief the crowd. The crowd dispersed without any untoward incident, and that itself was a good thing! The forming of a panel to make an official investigation by the Government is timely, but the question remains, why does it take so long? And what does the government hope to do by coming out in full force, and stopping the entourage of 7 buses to deliver the marchers?
Kudos, to those in the bus, it was a 5km walk that was worth it!
I will walk with you. (so will All-Blogs)
Read:SCREENSHOTS , and here
Read:Rocky's Bru, and here , and here
Read: Shanghai Fish
Read: Elviza's Write Away
Read: 3540 Jalan Sudin
Read: AFP Associated Free Press
Read: and more to come (will update as soon as I get a heads up on their post)
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Its not easy, wanting justice. Audra and I want that, and we are leaving it to the good hands of the Industrial Court chairwoman who heard her case on Sept 5th 2007.
Recently, a video surfaced, providing information that there are indeed unseen hands 'steering' the judiciary. As citizens, we should demand a thorough investigation. Something that we have been denied long enough. So what can we do to make ourselves heard?
1. On 26/9/2007, at 11.00 a.m., lawyers will march from the Palace of Justice to the PM’s office in Putrajaya to submit a memorandum to the cabinet calling for the setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate the rot that has set into the judiciary since 1988.
2.The People’s Parliament will be launching a petition to His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agung to urge His Royal Highness to take all steps to clean up the judiciary and to return this constitutional institution back to the rakyat.
Read Here for more from Haris Ibrahim. People's Parliament has already convinced a certain member of Parliament to commit by writing. What she does next is anyone's guess.
See you there?