When Zaid Ibrahim was appointed as Minister in charge for judiciary reform, the Bar Council sighed in relief and glad that at last there is some light at the end of the tunnel for our judiciary system. Well, that’s good news to bar council members, judges and the people but not so good news for Zaid Ibrahim. As an introductory note from him, Zaid had suggested the BN government to issue a public apology to Salleh Abbas and other judges whom contracts were terminated not so long time ago, or to be exact when UMNO was in turmoil 20 years ago. Mahathir quickly replied with a very strong statement, somewhat expected of him, saying that what he did was according to the constitution and was legal. And Abdullah Badawi said there’s nothing to be apologized for from the government.
From a person who doesn’t read Law, neither Political science, it is a bit hard to comprehend, therefore some might say, don’t talk about this thing. Some may not see this but, the public is actually more powerful than the Chief Judge of Malaya. Well, quoting from self proclaimed PM-in-waiting, he said in one of his many speeches, everybody knows what Najib has done, what Abdullah and his dynasty has pocketed, in fact everything regarding the accusations of corruptions of power and money. And the crowd will go berserk in agreement, shouting this and that, as if justice has spoken and Najib, Abdullah and some other enemies of PM-in-waiting have been found guilty as hell, and of course the trial was done outside the compound of the court, in a political ceramah. That’s the beauty of our judiciary system, which left me wondering, what else need to be reformed about by Zaid Ibrahim.
Is our judiciary system really that tainted? Are all judges crooks? What about the lawyers? I remember my talkative sister once wanted to study Law but my mum tried her best to discourage her for the reason such as lawyers do ‘putar belit’ a lot and the idea of defending bad people against the consequences of his/her wrongdoings is just unthinkable. Well obviously not all lawyers are like that. I have friends who studied Law and they are the nicest you can get. But of course there are always room for doubt unless they can prove themselves beyond reasonable doubt that they are plain nice and kind.
Really the question is do we need judiciary system when the public is doing all the accusations, trials, jurisdictions and punishments? I reminisce the time when i was in secondary school, when a friend from dorm above ‘trespass’ into our dorm, the so-called ‘mahkamah rakyat’ will without any thought launch a pillow attack to oust that fella out. Of course lah that’s only for fun and just boys being boys. I laughed sometimes seeing that not-yet-found-guilty guy being treated as such. However, it’s no longer laughing matter when it comes to national issues. This practice of ‘mahkamah rakyat’ is not and must not be made embedded to Malaysian’s judgment and mind.
I agree with the idea of Judiciary reform, but it must start with people’s mindset. We should not allow any politicians (crooks) from government or oppositions to play the role as Attorney General, and influence the people in a way that favor his/herself, so that public mind can be directed in a way that public opinions is deemed higher than the real chief judge jurisdictions. In order to let the judiciary reform process run smoothly, let us not let this high court of public opinion interfere. Above all, justice is not done outside the court room, if justice is taken at hands of the people, we are no different than those terrorists who shot, slaughter, and bomb unjustly.
People’s power. I have stated about the role of the people in a government in my first ever writing in blogosphere which can be found here. It’s the people who put a leader in PM’s seat and likewise, it’s the people who also, can bring the PM down. Having said that, the practice of court of public opinion must be stopped and let the authorized person to deal with it. Therefore, no one is guilty until he/she is proven guilty beyond reasonable doubts (guilty as hell) and that statement must apply to all citizens. I think a had wandered too long in this alien area of knowledge of mine. I just think that ‘mahkamah rakyat’ may not help the country in long term. Go Judiciary reform.