[Update as at 5.16 p.m. from Haris Ibrahim: No dress code for non-lawyers. Come as you are. However, Rocky thinks we should be in black and white to show solidarity with the lawyers. Thank you Haris, I stand corrected]
Oh! I don’t always agree with Bar Council and its sometimes-bizarre idea. But this time it’s different as it involves the judiciary. In the wake of the controversial video clip hinting on the judicial impropriety involving a prominent lawyer and a senior judge, the Bar Council has called upon its members and public to join the Walk for Justice on 26th September 2007 at 11.00 a.m.
The Walk for Justice will start from the majestic Palace of Justice to the Prime Minister’s office where they will submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister urging for an immediate establishment of the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the allegations in the video clip. I haven’t an inkling of how far this walk is going to be but I must admit that I am not a keen walker myself.
I previously blog about the independence of the judiciary or lack thereof here in Malaysia. Please click here. The judiciary must always hold itself distinct from the arms of executive and legislative. The judiciary must also be free from any political pressures. The stringent requirement for the judiciary to be independent is to enable judges to decide the case before them impartially, on the basis of facts and in accordance with the law without any influences, pressures or inducement from any quater. Damn, law is so mundane, I wonder how I managed to finish law school in the first place!
Personally, I think this is not the first time that the judiciary is being seriously undermined. The sacking of Tun Salleh Abas as Lord President in 1988 has, without a doubt, compromised the independence of the judiciary.
Let’s walk the talk and help restore the faith in our judiciary. In the words of Harris Ibrahim of People’s Parliament –
“Return the judiciary to the rakyat”
Of course, you are required to observe a certain dress code for the march: please put on that hideous penguin outfit!