In every profession there bound to be bad apples and so it is with the judiciary all over the world.Corruptions and judicial misconduct in the Malaysian judiciary is minutely small compared to some other more developed nations.
The judiciary in the US revealed significant number of cases of corruptions and judicial misconduct.Some judges have either been removed from the bench or in more severe cases sent to prison.
Corruptions and judicial misconduct in our judiciary has been blown out of proportion by the oppositions.A war waged by none other than Anwar Ibrahim after his sacking as DPM/Finance Minister and imprisonment. His soreness against the administration and the judiciary can only be cured when he becomes the prime minister.
Since the whole judiciary is tainted he would have to remove every judges on the bench when he helms the nation.Whether the Agong would agree to a tribunal is yet to be seen.
The reprisal against the judiciary heighten after the March 2008 General Elections when the oppositions made significant inroad into the politics of the nation by capturing five states and denying the BN two-thirds majority in parliament.The road is set for a war of attrition against the judiciary and the executive.
In furtherance of the war against the judiciary the oppositions have engaged a former member of the bench who claimed to be an expert in constitutional law to openly attack and expatiates in contempt the judiciary with less than honourable names and accusations of incompetence, inferring them as a motley collection of judicial misfits.
Are they really that bad, wholesale? I am not sure but much of the complaints were mostly to do with Anwar criminal cases and the Perak's crisis which clearly are political in nature.None of the judges has been investigated for corruptions, judicial misconduct or other criminal act.
Many Malaysians out of ignorance value judgement the West and run down their own country just because people like Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, two of the most alluringly malicious opposition voices say so.
Can our judges beat the American judiciary in term of corruptions and judicial misconduct?
Maybe, NH Chan being a worldly man of wisdom can enlighten us as to where judicial corruptions are more widespread, in Malaysia or the US?
You would get an idea where we stand with our judges after reading the following articles.
1.Weed out the bad judges: More resources will help nail corrupt judges
2.Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal
3.The Human Cost of Corrupt Judges
4.Lawyers seek action against ‘corrupt’ judges
I believe none of our judges would go to the extreme of what those judges did in the stories above.
The damning of the judges is because of one man... Anwar Ibrahim.
This article is not a condonation of a corrupt judiciary but to show that our judiciary is not what Anwar and his gang made it out to be.