KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 2020: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has demanded for an immediate formation of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to investigate allegations of judicial misconduct made by a Court of Appeal judge.
Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer had early last year filed an affidavit alleging that senior judges had intervened in the decisions of numerous appeals.
Suhakam said the government had at that time announced it would form an RCI but then never did so.
“The judiciary is a fundamental pillar of a democratic state and its independence and integrity are critical to ensure the public’s trust and confidence in fair and impartial justice for all in the country.
“The allegations made in the affidavit, if proven to be true, are serious violations of human rights and liberties guaranteed in the Federal Constitution, in particular equality before the law and equal protection of the law for all.
“Suhakam hopes the RCI will be established without any further delay to restore the public’s trust and confidence in the justice system and protect the independence of the judiciary,” it said in a statement today.