A Judge Indicts the Malaysian Judiciary

Way back 15 years ago, I turned up  on the courts beat, as a frightened rookie scribe. Just my luck, I thought, that my first day on the beat and I get to follow my senior into the intimidating Court of Appeal.

The proceedings seemed so hushed that my racing heartbeat seemed louder than the judges’ words. There were three robed blokes up there.

My senior told me who they were. Mahadev Shankar, Gopal Sri Ram and N.H Chan. The names stayed with me over the years.

Today N.H Chan’s name came up again in a brave stand that reminded me of the heydays, of the guy dubbed Lion of Law, Justice Eusoffe Abdoolcader (tragically deceased).

Retired Justice N.H Chan could have shut up and spent his retirement in peace. But such are the ways of the men of conscience. Men who still thought the law should be about upholding justice.


Today, this learned judge stood up to expose, yet again another evidence of the prostitution of the Malaysian judiciary.

The hallowed halls of the judiciary were stained 20 years ago, with the intervention of the executive, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me to read of this mockery. Read it. Here’s a guy who is firing his salvos with such bullets as established legal precedents. LOCAL legal precedents, mind you.

I can’t resist stealing some juicy paragraphs from the link above. This is calling a spade a spade, a rotten judge, well…A ROTTEN JUDGE!

I don’t have to tell you how to judge the judge. You must know by now how to do it if you have read my articles in the Internet. You will know he is a bad judge if he behaves unfairly to one side as against the other. It is your perception as a member of the public that matters and not what the judge thinks of himself.

A judge who does not appear to be fair is useless to the judicial process. As such he is a bad judge and is therefore unfit to sit on the bench. The other essential qualification of a judge is to administer justice according to law. That said, we can now judge this judge.

Article 72, Clause (1) of the Federal Constitution clearly states:

72. (1) The validity of any proceedings in the Legislative Assembly of any State shall not be questioned in any court.

Yet Mr Justice Balia Yusuf Wahi, who knew that the Speaker’s order which was made in the Legislative Assembly was a proceeding in the Legislative Assembly, dismissed the Speaker’s application to strike out the summons of the three turncoat assemblymen who were asking the court to question the validity of what the Speaker had done in the Assembly.

As you know what the Speaker did in the Assembly, rightly or wrongly, is not to be questioned in any court. Isn’t what the judge had done by dismissing the Speaker’s application to strike out the turncoats’ summons, not administering justice according to law? The judge had gone against the Constitution of Malaysia which is the supreme law of the land. What do you call a judge who has defied the law of the land? A renegade judge? – The Malaysian Insider

So, what Justice N.H Chan is saying essentially is that Justice Balia Yusuf Wahi has gone against the Malaysian Constitution.

According to our laws essentially, the Perak Speaker’s decision in Assembly is not something that can be challenged by any court. Justice Balia Wahi effectively ruled he can.

Bad judgement. Bad judge. Dangerous precedent. Taking the Malaysia Boleh spirit to murky depths don’t you think?

I’m no legal scholar. I’m an interested layman. What this tells me is that if an elected representative of the people, that too a Legislative Assembly Speaker (and himself a lawyer), can’t depend on the judiciary to uphold the letter of law, and justice, WHAT HOPE DOES AN ORDINARY MALAYSIAN HAVE?

Cry, Malaysia! This is the depths our so-called guardians of peace, freedom and democracy have reduced to. Right-minded individuals, pillars of society, people who stand up to question the wrongs committed, are sued, intimidated or bribed into silence.

And those who still won’t keep quiet, will have their compromising pictures circulated or be victim of sting operations. Hey, we have demonstrated that Malaysians are way up there with the world’s best when it comes to political skullduggery.

I don’t want this shameful state of affairs to continue. Neither do millions of Malaysians who voted the other way last year.

We have no other recourse but to seek change through the ballot box. 82 seats in Parliament has resulted in many cans of worms being opened. There are more, much much more.

All these wrongs have to be righted. They can only be righted if you choose to participate as citizens. Go and register as voters. And vote for change.

This country deserves much better.


22 thoughts on “A Judge Indicts the Malaysian Judiciary

  1. Today the Federal Court even overturned the Speakers ruling to suspend the Thief MB and the 6 ex-co. Mind you the Assembly had endorsed the suspension order.
    Now this is Justice walking on its head.

    • what a bloody farce. U know what, it looks like we need a change of govt, just to free the judiciary. Bad laws set by the lawless, and the Constitution, after repeated raping, is now totally ignored.

  2. This is horrifying! I pray all the rakyat wake up and make sure to get rid of such scums. The way to get rid of these scums is to vote scum-master BN out. Chop off the head of the scums is the best start to clean up all the rotten scum-systems

  3. My 2 cents. Im very happy about the political impasse in Perak. Whatever the outcome, what cannot be denied is the peoples desire. Fantastic!, We finnaly have a political awakening.

    The first step towards a proper democracy. Next step – a two party system. Next step – having our own Obama. To stop seeing thigs through the prism of race.

    Finnaly the end of all forms of Goverments.

    Ipoh Lodge

  4. SAD,SAD. It’s a sad day in Malaysian history. Robbing a legitimate government of the people by using the judiciary. Justice is supposed to be seen done not just making a decision to satisfy someone at the expense of the other. God is watching. You fat cats under the black ‘gowns’ shame on you. How could you live a live in your after years when a your last days of live catch up with you. You will bear the CURSE of the OPPRESSED and if you don’t your children will. See what has happened to the great America. Its brought to its knees due to its leaders arrogance. Bombing countries, killing innocent people, women, children and the old. Keeping innocent people under laws like ISA without trial in GUANTANAMO BAY. Today this great country is rotting with its economic turmoil and host of other GOD sent miseries under the disguise of natural disaster etc.

  5. Former Lord President Tun Mohamed Suffian Hashim repeatedly insisted in his foundational written texts that….

    in Malaysia, the constitution and nothing but the constitution is “the supreme law of the land”.

    Malaysia cannot afford to see constitutional principles imperilled, and constitutional processes jeopardised —

    not even out of an understandable impatience, or a conscientious determination, to see the urgent political and practical problems of the day speedily resolved.

    Clive S Kessler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the School of Social Science and International Studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

    Desperate People, at Desperate Times, will RESORT to Desperate Henious Actions even if it means “Destroying” their “Honourable Family Legacy”, our National Constitution, our Monarchy, All our nation’s Institutions, Pillars of Democracy & Justice, their own “MALAY MUSLIM HADHARI” party “UMNO” beyond “Redemption”, their own Kind, this country & its Many People!

    With the “Haprak & Goblok” UMNO/BN Leaders “Bankrupt of Intelligent, Legal, Constitutional, Political, etc SOLUTIONS”…..

    They & their “Mercenaries” will always be in Denial & therefore resort to “Alternative Tactics” which can only be found in their Gutter Politics & Law of the Jungle “Holy Book”!

    Party promotions based on “seniority, patronisation, money politics, etc” without “Meritocracy and Proven Track Records” leads to “Leaders” that UMNO is inheriting – “Elite, Ketuanan UMNO BEGGARS”….

    Remember…One must always be MAGNANIMOUS in VICTORY….


    UMNO baru is too deep in its 4th stage “Terminal Cancer” NOW, to be CURED”….Period!

    Remember “What goes round, will come round to these Desperate UMNO Ketuanan Beggars” – Past, Present & Future.

    The “Opressors” will “FAIL” & God Almighty will ensure “Justice” will be done.

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  7. The Chief Justice is an UMNO leader. The Federal Court twists state constitutions. What can we do? Let’s bring BN down and put them in the Opposition for good.

  8. when you said “82 seats in Parliament has resulted in many cans of worms being opened. There are more, much much more.” you’re absolutely right. all major institutions have been destroyed. only a change in government will fix that. the current government does not have the will to affect that change.

  9. It is sad day for Malaysia, the Court is a sanctuary where a man gets justice. Is this justice? Corrupt judges, policemen and politicians, all are BN and umno spokesmen and promoters. All of them will one day burn in hell.

  10. How are we going to find a solution to this issue and who is there to defend the truth and the constitution. Is our nation short of people making wise decision without fear or favour. Or is it that our judges are reading judgements/texts prepared by the interested parties. Decision on many matters are subject to intense debate among the people on the ground. Let us pray and hope for the best

  11. Guys,
    I believe what the Speaker of Perak should do is to ignore the declaration by the Federal Court. It does not have any jurisdiction at all in the legislative assembly. Furthermore, their judgement is silent on the motions passed in the early legislative assembly. Passing of Motion of Confidence on Nizar & Pssaing on Motion of dissolution of legislative assembly
    Speaker is still the presiding judge of the legislative assembly. It has its rules & regulation. Can everybody question the motions passed in UMNO general assembly? You can’t. So, the federal court’s judgment can be largely ignored. As for Hee, the socalled deputy speaker, as far as I am concerned, she has resigned. Sivakumar is still the legitimate speaker.
    As for the Sultan, as long as those 2 motions have been passed, the Sultan as a capacity of a constituitional monarch must abide by it. WHERE THE HELL IS KARPAL SINGH? IT’S TIME FOR HIM TO OPEN HIS MOUTH NOW!

    To be continued…….

  12. What’s the problem. The Fed Crt ONLY declares that the Speaker has no power to suspend the Assy’men. When the issue initially cropped up, Karpal did publicly saya that Speaker Siva can’t suspend the Assy’men without tabling his recommendation to the Leg Assy. Gobind was suspended after the House of Rep voted for his suspension. You can’t say the Dewan Rakyat Speaker suspended Gobind.

    No where in the Fed Crt ruling that they had interfered with a decision of the Leg Assy. As Ngeh rightly pointed out, the Fed Crt had not touched on the ‘tree Assy’ where the purported suspension had been ratified and approved. So, despite the Fed Crt ruling, the Assy’men are still suspended by virtue of the ‘tree Assy’ ruling.

    Alternatively the recommendation of the Comm. of Special Privileges of which Siva was Chairman could table his recommendation agains in the next sitting of the Assy. and have it ratified.

    It is the MB’s call to call for an Assy sitting and the MB is still Nizar and not that illegal Zamberi. Nizar should be the one to advise the Sultan and not otherwise. If it is otherwise, Siva can ignore it because the Sultan was advised by an illegal party.

  13. It is not humans that we are up against. The Bible states that Satan – the devil, changes laws and times to suit his purposes.Men are merely pawns in his hands.Do not look there. Settle it in the spirit realm. The reign of lawlessness has begun worldwide and unless those of us who are the salt of the earth cry to God Almighty, civilization will begin its decay, unless we preserve it through prayers

    [CIVIL APPEAL NO. W-02-187-1995]
    31 JULY 1995

    [Interim injunction issued against respondents pending appeal]

    [Injunksi interim dikeluarkan terhadap responden sementara menantikan rayuan]


    N. H. Chan JCA:

    This is a motion by the appellants to stay an ex parte mandatory injunction pending appeal to the Court of Appeal. But this case is more than that. This is a case about an injustice which has been perpetrated by a Court of law. This is also a case about abuse of the process of the High Court and, therefore, it concerns the inherent power which any Court of justice must possess to prevent misuse of its procedure and in which the Court has a duty to exercise this salutary power.

    Although the ex parte mandatory injunction should not have been granted in the circumstances of this case in the first place, that is not the injustice which is revealed in this case. The injustice is manifest: it is to be seen in the form in which the order is framed, the terms of which pre-empt the defendants from exercising their right to apply to discharge an ex parte injunction obtained behind the backs of the defendants. Here the plaintiffs through their legal advisers have abused the process of the High Court by instigating the injustice through misuse of the Court’s procedure by manipulating it in such a way that it becomes manifestly unfair to the defendants. By doing what they did these unethical lawyers have brought the administration of justice into disrepute among right thinking people.

    We do not think we can do better with this censure than to voice and emphasise the opening words of Lord Diplock in his judgment in the House of Lords in Hunter v. Chief Constable [1982] AC 529, at 536:

    My Lords, this is a case about abuse of the process of the High Court. It concerns the inherent power which any Court of justice must possess to prevent misuse of its procedure in a way which, although not inconsistent with the literal application, of its procedural rules, would nevertheless be manifestly unfair to a party to litigation before it, or would otherwise bring the administration of justice into disrepute among right-thinking people. The circumstances in which abuse of process can arise are very varied; those which give rise to the instant appeal
    must surely be unique.
    It would, in my view, be most unwise if this House were to use this occasion to say anything that might be taken as limiting to fixed categories the kinds of circumstances in which the Court has a duty (I disavow the word discretion) to exercise this salutary power.
    On 10 April 1995, the plaintiffs (who are the respondents in the present motion before us) obtained on an ex parte interlocutory application before a Judge of the High Court mandatory injunctions against the defendants, the 1st to the 10th of whom are the applicants) before this Court. The order reads as follows:

    It Is Hereby Ordered that an injunction be made against the eleventh defendant to forthwith process the share certificates for the 540,000 ordinary shares and register the names of the plaintiffs in the share register of the first defendant and further issue the following new share certificates within two (2) working days of receipt from the plaintiffs:
    i) one (1) new share certificate in the name of the first plaintiff for 360,000 ordinary shares.
    ii) four (4) new share certificates in the name of the second plaintiff which are:
    One (1) new share certificate for 85,000 ordinary shares; one (1) new share certificate for 40,000 ordinary shares; one (1) new share certificate for 45,000 ordinary shares and one (1) new share certificate for 10,000 ordinary shares respectively.
    iii) And to forward all the above (5) new share certificates to the third defendant within two (2) working days from the date of receipt of the 540,000 ordinary shares.
    It Is Further Ordered that an injunction be made against the third, eight, ninth and or tenth defendants to forthwith within two (2) working days from the date of receipt from the eleventh defendant of the five (5) new share certificates to affix the signatures of both the third and the eight, ninth and/or tenth defendants on the five (5) new share certificates and further the third defendant do forthwith be ordered and directed to forward the five (5) new share certificates to the eleventh defendant for onward transmission to the plaintiffs within two (2) working days from date of receipt of the new share certificates from the eleventh defendant and to do all or any acts necessary to complete the registration of the 540,000 shares into the names of the plaintiffs.
    It Is Further Ordered that injunction be made against the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh defendants restraining them whether by themselves, their servants and/or agents and/or otherwise howsoever from interfering/interrupting or causing any hinderance in any manner whatsoever in the registration and issuance of the five (5) new share certificates for the 540,000 ordinary shares of the first defendant into the names of the plaintiffs.
    It Is Also Ordered that if the defendants or their officers, servants or agents or representatives disobey this order of this Honourable Court they will be committed to imprisonment for contempt of this Honourable Court.
    It Is Lastly Ordered that the costs of and incidental to this application be in the cause of this action.
    The ex parte order compels the defendants to effect, (a) the registration of the transfer of 540,000 ordinary shares of the 1st defendant company to the plaintiffs in the share register of the company and (b) the issue of new share certificates in the plaintiffs’ names, within two working days of their receiving the share certificates. The order was served on the defendants on 11 April 1995.

    The plaintiffs’ affidavit in support of the ex parte application for the injunction before the High Court tries to create an impression that the first defendant was trying to thwart the registration of the transfer of these shares to the plaintiffs but the plaintiffs were unable to say that the company had refused to register the transfer. The affidavit also attempts to give a vague impression that the other defendants, who are directors of the first defendant company, were obstructive with the same purpose of preventing the registration of the shares. Again it did not say how these directors have obstructed or prevented the registration of these shares. But what the affidavit failed to do was to bring to the notice of the Court the statutory prohibition under s. 103(1) of the Companies Act, 1965 against a company registering a transfer of shares unless a proper instrument of transfer in the prescribed form had been delivered to the company. Section 103(1) reads:

    Instrument of transfer
    1) Notwithstanding anything in its articles a company shall not register a transfer of shares or debentures unless a proper instrument of transfer in the prescribed form has been delivered to the company, but this subsection shall not prejudice any power to register as a shareholder or debenture holder any person to whom the right to any shares in or debentures of the company has been transmitted by operation of law.
    There having been no delivery of any instrument of transfer to the company as required by law, how could the plaintiffs have resorted to the High Court to compel the company to register the transfer of the shares? In fact, not only was there no delivery of any instrument of transfer to the company, there was also no evidence of any refusal by the company to register the transfer of the shares. Section 105 of the Companies Act reads:

    Notice of refusal to register transfer
    (1) If a company refuses to register a transfer of any share debenture or other interests in the company it shall, within one month after the date on which the transfer was lodged with it, send to the transferor and to the transferee notice of the refusal.
    (2) If default is made in complying with this section the company and every officer of the company who is in default shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.
    Penalty : One thousand ringgit.

    Default penalty.
    On 12 April 1995, the first to the tenth defendants filed an application to set aside the ex parte mandatory order of 10 April 1995. That application came up for hearing before the Judge on 13 April 1995 but he adjourned it to 27 April 1995 which was after the two day period he had allowed for compliance of his ex parte order. The defendants immediately applied for a stay of the ex parte mandatory order pending disposal of their application to discharge it. The Judge refused to grant a stay of his ex parte order. On 14 April 1995, the transfer of the shares was registered in the share register of the first defendant company and new share certificates were issued to the plaintiffs under compulsive compliance of the ex parte order.

    On 18 April 1995, the first to the tenth defendants filed notice of appeal against the ex parte mandatory order of 10 April 1995 to the Court of Appeal. On the same day, they also filed the present motion for a stay of the ex parte order pending appeal.

    An interlocutory injunction is only granted to preserve the status quo until the rights of the parties have been determined in the action. The injunction will almost always be negative in form, to restrain the defendant from doing some act: see Atkin’s Court Forms, 2nd ed., Vol. 22 (1991 issue), at p. 60 para 5.

    However, an application can, in a proper case, be made ex parte but there must be a true urgency; see O. 29, r. 1(2) which says that “Where the applicant is the plaintiff and the case is one of urgency such application may be made ex parte by summons supported by an affidavit.” In the present case, there was no urgency shown at all, and therefore the application cannot be made ex parte.

    An interim injunction obtained on an ex parte application shall automatically lapse at the end of two weeks from the date on which it is granted: see O. 29 r. 1(2B).

    Rule 1(2B) makes it necessary for the party who has applied for and obtained an ex parte injunction to apply inter partes for an interim injunction to preserve the existing position until the trial or until further order in the meantime. If he fails to do that, then his ex parte injunction will be discharged automatically at the end of two weeks. The rule also provides for the ex parte injunction to be sooner revoked or set aside.

    An injunction obtained ex parte may, if a sufficient case of urgency can be made out, itself be discharged ex parte; see London City Agency (JDC) v. Lee [1970] Ch 597. If the plaintiff is present at the hearing, it is an example of an opposed ex parte motion: see Atkin’s Court Forms, 2nd. ed., vol. 22 (1991 issue) at p. 72 para. 15.

    The ex parte order in the instant case which compels compliance of it within two working days and the subsequent conduct of the Judge in adjourning the application of the defendants to set aside the ex parte order to a date after the period allowed for compliance of the order (without granting a stay of that ex parte order) has effectively deprived the defendants from exercising their right to apply to set aside an ex parte injunction. This misuse of the Court’s procedure, in our view, is manifestly unfair to a party to litigation before it. The Court, therefore, has a duty to exercise its inherent power to prevent misuse of its procedure.

    Since the order which was obtained through abuse of the process of the High Court had been complied with, it is no longer possible for this Court to stay the ex parte order. Not only are the shares now registered in the plaintiffs’ names, they can now also enjoy the benefits of registration; the process of becoming a member and shareholder of a company is incomplete until entry on the register. But, that does not mean this Court is powerless to prevent an injustice. The shares, although they are now registered in the name of the plaintiffs’ can be preserved pending the outcome of the appellants’ appeal to the Court of Appeal. So we granted an interim order to prevent prejudice to the claims of the parties pending the hearing of the appeal in these terms:

    Pending the disposal of the appeal, the respondents be and are hereby restrained from enjoying or exercising any rights, including disposing of the shares whether directly or indirectly, attached to the shares described in the ex parte order dated 10 April 1995.
    Thus we have exercised our inherent power to prevent further injustice from being perpetrated.

    Although mandatory injunctions can be granted on interlocutory application, in the absence of evidence of an emergency or urgency, it will not be granted ex parte: see O. 29, r. 1(2). For example, such an injunction may be granted ex parte as in the case of an application for a Mareva injunction or for an Anton Piller order.

    In Hull & Humber v. TGWU [1972] 1 Lloyds’ Rep. 197, it was held, by Brightman J, that, even though the Union’s instructions might be unlawful, the granting of an injunction ex parte to order the Union to withdraw its instructions was an extraordinary step; and in the circumstances, the plaintiffs should have applied inter partes in order to give the defendants proper opportunity to be heard. The Judge said at p. 199:

    My understanding of the position is that the Union is, in effect, directing its members not to permit cargo to be handled or conveyed by non-dock workers between quayside and dock car parks and other parts of the dock estate save where the cargo is being taken directly off the dock or the vehicle is attended by a dock worker.
    The relief sought on this motion is that the defendants should withdraw all instructions given to dock workers, who are the employees of the first and second plaintiffs, to the effect

    that any movement of cargo from the ship to the car park or ship to any other part of the dock estate, other than the storage areas where off-loading takes place, must be done by registered dock workers.
    And he concluded thus:

    My understanding of the jurisdiction is that the granting of an injunction ex parte is what may be described as an extraordinary step and it was said by Lord Langdale, M.R., over a century ago that the time at which the plaintiff has had notice of the existence of the subject matter of the complaint is looked at by this Court with the greatest care and jealously in order to ensure that no improper order is made against a party in his absence.
    …in my judgment, it would, in the circumtances, be quite wrong for me to grant relief ex parte behind the backs of the defendants. …when the time came for plaintiffs to take more positive action and seek assistance from this Court, my view is that they should have applied inter partes in order to give the defendants a proper opportunity to be heard.

    The instructions given by the Union may well be unlawful. I express no view whatsoever at this stage about that.
    I decline to grant any injunction on this motion because, having regard to the narrative, I think it would be incorrect for me to give any relief of that sort behind the backs of the defendants.
    Order 29, r. 1(2) provides for an ex parte injunction to be applied for only in a case of urgency. In the instant case, there is no urgency shown. As such, it was quite wrong to grant relief ex parte behind the backs of the defendants. They should have applied inter partes in order to give the defendants a proper opportunity to be heard.

    There is also another aspect of this case which warrants our comment. It is this. The respondents’ general endorsed writ avers to a cause of action which is commercial in nature and that being the case, the proceedings should have commenced in the Commercial Division of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur. The heading, however, states otherwise as it carries a registration number, R3-25-3-1995 issued by the Appellate and Special Powers Division. We are very much aware that a civil suit registered in one of the three Civil Divisions of the High Court at Kuala Lumpur can, for good reason, be transferred to another Division of the High Court, but when that happens the registration numbers issued by the two Divisions concerned would appear on the heading, with one substituting for the other. In this instance, there was no likelihood of that happening as the only registration number, R3-25-3-1995 is unmistakably an Appellate and Special Powers Division number, thereby indicating that the respondents had filed their general indorsed writ in that Division and not in the Commercial Division as should have been the case.

    The fact that the proceedings were filed in the wrong Division does not render the proceedings to be in any way invalid but may, coupled with other considerations in the present case, give the impression to right-thinking people that litigants can choose the Judge before whom they wish to appear for their case to be adjudicated upon. This, we consider, may lead to very unhealthy negative thinking and since justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done, it is incumbent on the trial Judge, upon perusal of the pleadings, to have taken the initiative of transferring the proceedings to the right Division so as to dispel any notion that he is partial to any party. This is yet another added reason that strengthened our conviction that it is right and proper that we exercise our inherent power to prevent an injustice being done by the issue of an interim injunction restraining the respondents from enjoying the fruits of the registration of the infamous shares into their names. These observations are made so that people will not say, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.

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