Two veteran DAP MPs filed two different emergency motions at the Dewan Rakyat on Monday – one calling on the Government to withdraw its appeal against the release of a blogger’s detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) while another was to discuss the Chief Justice’s admission that he was aware of corruption in the court registry.
Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) , in the emergency motion, called on the Cabinet to overrule Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s decision to file an appeal against the release of Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA.
Lim said Syed Hamid’s decision to appeal against the High Court decision was proof that the ministry was unrepentant in refusing to understand the changes demanded by Malaysians for a truly independent judiciary and a total end to all forms of abuses of the executive power.
Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor), in his emergency motion, said it was reported that Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi said he had bribed a court staff when he was in private practice in 1987 and knew of the corruption in the court registry.
It was reported in an English daily quoting Zaki, who denied it the next day.
Karpal Singh said Zaki was morally obliged to lodge a report against the corrupt court officials.
“Zaki had committed a serious offence under the Preventionl of Corruption Act and it requires an in-depth investigation,” he said.