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Court registrar lodges police report over judge’s allegations

Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — February 15, 2019: The Federal Court’s Chief Registrar has lodged a police report on the allegations that several judges were in cahoots with the private sector to scam the government.

Its statement today however does not address the damning allegations by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in an affidavit filed yesterday, as it deemed these to be pending in the courts.

“The allegations in the affidavit against the Judiciary as an institution are sweeping, and consequently may have the effect of tarnishing the image of the Judiciary as a whole,” reads the statement.

Hamid claimed that nominees of certain politicians had created contracts with the government which later were purposely failed, leading to claims of compensation in court which were decided by some unnamed judges with vested interests.

The statement also points out that it is the government’s prerogative to form a commission of inquiry to look into the allegations and not as Hamid contended, that it is the Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum that has the power.

Hamid’s affidavit was filed by lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo in her bid to declare the CJ’s failure to defend the integrity of the Judiciary in two cases.

Hamid was a presiding judge in one of the cases – concerning a unilateral religious conversion of children – in which he claimed to have been reprimanded by a senior for his dissenting judgement.

Earlier today, Sangeet also slammed the Malaysian Bar for its silence over the matter and wants it to make a stand.

“Despite having been served with a copy of the filed court papers soon after the action was filed, the Bar Council president has also regrettably found it fit to remain silent on such a fundamental issue involving the integrity of the Judiciary,” said Sangeet.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.