The Lingam Tape: Return of the Jedi?

Yesterday, the President of our Malaysian Bar Council gave her response to Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s comment on the Lingam Tape saga. Madam Ambiga Sreenevasan said, quote:
The Malaysian Bar stands up for justice. It is non-partisan and only issue orientated. Justice is for all people, regardless of political persuasions. The present situation is a matter of justice, not politics.

The expression of views seemingly contrary to the government’s position may be wrongly labeled as “a display of hostility” in autocratic countries, but in truth (and in the free world) it is called democracy. An open and collective expression of views and sentiments has long ceased to be an “improper manner of response”.

In any event, how can our call for the strengthening of the Judiciary ever be only the position of opposition parties when surely it must be the government’s stand too. This call arises out of our belief that the independence of the Judiciary is the highest ideal that we must cherish and be prepared to stand up for

Courtesy of Malaysian Bar Council

MalaysiaKini and Malaysian Bar Council have more on this story.

Indeed you have chosen your words wisely, Madam President. As a Muslim, I am touched by your bold stand on the Lingam Tape saga. You have displayed an honorable character and attribute that many Malaysian Muslims today were found lacking. I’m truly touched, Madam President. :-)

Please do whatever you can to save (maybe rescue would be the right word) our judiciary from the clutches of politics, power and money. I am sure that you would have full support from all Malaysians in confronting the powers that be in your fight to uphold justice for all people. :-)

Carry on, Madam President!
Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:
Two young men, one from the Muhajirin (Emigrants) and the other one from the Ansar (Helpers) fell into dispute and the Muhajir or the Muhajirin called his fellow Muhajirin, and the Ansari (the helper) called the Ansar (for help). In the meanwhile, Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) came there and said: What is this, the proclamation of the days of Jahiliyah (ignorance)? They said: Allah's Messenger, there is nothing serious. The two young men fell into dispute and the one struck at the back of the other. Thereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: Well, a person should help his brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed. If he is the oppressor he should prevent him from doing it, for that is his help; and if he is the oppressed he should be helped (against oppression).
Hadith number in Sahih Muslim [Arabic only]: 4681

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