Give Dr M chance to defend himself, says Karpal
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be given every opportunity to defend himself over the allegations made by High Court Judge Datuk Ian Chin, said DAP chairman Karpal Singh.
In a statement, Karpal Singh said, according to Justice Chin, Dr Mahathir had threatened judges in 1997 to decide in favour of the Government, and had sent judges to boot camp.
He said Justice Chin had made serious allegations against Dr Mahathir during proceedings in an election petition in Sibu.
“However, these allegations have been made by the judge under the cloak of absolute immunity. Justice Chin should not abuse the process of court to make disclosures condemning Dr Mahathir,” he added.
He said Justice Chin should be brave enough to make statements against Dr Mahathir bereft of the cloak of absolute immunity to give the former premier an opportunity to take him on in a court of law.
“Dr Mahathir has now made certain allegations against Justice Chin and called for the setting up of a tribunal against him for judicial misconduct.H
“There should be no discrimination. The law is no respecter of persons,” Karpal Singh said.
He said if Dr Mahathir’s allegations had merit, then the necessary action should be taken against Justice Chin.
“Dr Mahathir has every right to pursue the allegations he has made.”
Likewise, Karpal Singh said, the Government should not in any way act to give the perception to the public that Dr Mahathir no longer enjoyed the rights of a citizen to demand justice.
IÂ have not much things to say about this, but I know one thing, which is, when you have power it’ll be pretty stupid not to use it for your own benefit, especially if you are a number one man in your country. This probably applies to every single Prime Minister of Malaysia. Especially the most recent one.
When you have power, whatever you say is correct, but when you have none…will your say still be heard as truth? I honestly don’t think so.
I would have to agree with Karpal Singh this time. Tun Dr. Mahathir should be given a chance to defend himself. Instead of gagging the man, just let the man talk…why be afraid of hearing what he have to say if the things he said have no truth in it?
Err, anyway, what is absolute immunity? Why do judges have such immunity?Â Enlighten me, please…