Dr Novandri Hasan Basri
Seriously, I will never ever know the real story of Juridicary Crisis in 1988. I was 20 years old. Life was ok minus the internet, blogs & websites. You can know issues & informations through radio, tv and newspapers.
And I am very sure that issues were not my first priority at that time. I think it was like class, tutorial, lab (the best part was we can dissect the cadaver (mayat)), tennis, eat, sleep & back to class next day... ya ya ya...very 'interesting' indeed.
But the massive current issue regarding Tun Salleh Abas, Datuk Zahid Ibrahim and an open confession of forgiveness by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Bawadi make me wonder, what have I missed back then in 1988?
I've got this article from another blogger. It's up for you to decide. For me, I've to take it with pinch of salts. I'm very simple, if it's true, show yourself & don't hide behind some names.
1988 crisis : Salleh Shot Himself On The Foot?
Letter to Malaysiakini
The personalities involved in the entire episode are as follows:
* The then Yang Di Pertuan Agong (the King), now the Sultan of Johor
* Tun Salleh Abas, who was then the Lord President
* The prime minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then Datuk Seri Dr),
* The then attorney-general, Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, now Suhakam chief.
The whole episode started with Salleh writing a letter to the King dated March 26, 1988, copies of which were sent to the Malay rulers.
On May 27, 1988 the prime minister in the presence of high-ranking government officials informed Salleh that the King wished him to step down (to retire as Lord President) because of the said letter.
The whole episode started with Salleh writing a letter to the King dated March 26, 1988, copies of which were sent to the Malay rulers. On May 27, 1988 the prime minister in the presence of high-ranking government officials informed Salleh that the King wished him to step down (to retire as Lord President) because of the said letter.
Salleh on May 28, 1988 sent a letter of resignation: the next day he withdrew it and subsequently held a press conference. On June 9, 1988 the prime minister made a second representation to the King alleging further misconduct on the part of Salleh based on his undignified use of the press to vent his grievances – such as requesting for a public hearing of the tribunal and asking for persons of high judicial standing to sit on the tribunal.
On June 11, 1988, members of the tribunal were appointed pursuant to the Federal Constitution by the King. On June 14, 1988, Salleh was served with the list of charges against him. On June 17, 1988, Salleh was served with a set of rules to govern the tribunal procedure.
On June 21, 1988, on the application of Salleh, a Queen’s Counsel was admitted for the purpose of defending him without any objection from the attorney-general.Salleh was informed of the tribunal’s hearing on June 29, 1988 and was told he could be represented by his Queen’s Counsel. On June 29, 1988, counsel for Salleh appeared and informed the tribunal that Salleh would not participate in the proceedings,
Salleh was making a series of press statements including an interview with the BBC showing unhappiness over the tribunal’s legality.The tribunal held its proceedings in camera. Salleh was accorded the right to be defended by counsel. His counsel decided not to cross-examine any of the witnesses. The tribunal was made up of the following six persons ( continue......)
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