Finally the gomen has setup the 'Commission of Enquiry' to look into the Lingam Video Clip, under the Commissions of Enquiry Act 1950 (Act 119) with immediate effect. It’s headed by former chief judge of Malaya Haidar Mohamed Noor and the other members of the commission are former chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Steve Shim, former Court of Appeal judge Mahadev Shankar, former solicitor-general Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh and historian and Suhakam commissioner Khoo Kay Kim. PM Deparment's Legal Affairs Division head Abdullah Sani Hamid will act as the commission secretary. They have three months or till mid-March to investigate and summit their findings.
Meanwhile Haidar and Mahadev Shankar were from the earlier three member panel. The toothless panel of inquiry headed by Haidar had nothing on their table and ended up by submitting reports based what they gathered from the IGP, AG and ACA. In the end each panel members submitted their report independently. What a sheer waste of public money. However, though media reports indicated all three panelists supported the formation of a Royal Commission some inside source told me that only two panelist suggested the formation of Royal Commission, while Haider wanted the case to be closed. Haidar feared that the Royal Commission will expose more skeletons in the cupboard and he could likely be one of them.
Haidar Mohamed Noor's role in the 1988 judicial crisis which saw the arbitrary and unconstitutional sacking of Salleh Abas as Lord President and two Supreme Court judges renders him as untrustworthy of such an appointment.
The 2nd term of reference states "to enquire and identify the speaker, the person he was speaking to in the video clip and the persons mentioned in the conversation” . Haidar’s name was mentioned in the video clip.
How in the hell do you think he is going to deal with that? Is he taking leave when his name comes out or he just going to plug his ears as nothing happens? Or,he can go in with a preconceived idea that all along this video clip was nothing more but a fake cooked up by some frustrated people.
At least Abdul Rashid had openly declared that he's an ardent fan of the gomen and in a recent speech,he declared that “there is only one regime in this country that is capable of running” the nation, and that Malaysia would be “in trouble” if he was in disagreement with BN. With the amendment bill passed, Abdul Rashid is going to do his best so as not to hurt or be in any disagreement with the BN gomen.
How Haidar Mohamed Noor going to do his piece in this Lingamgate scandal inquiry is anyone's guess. Let’s wait and see.... Again, a black eye on the judiciary!
Sure enough, with this new development,coupled with Bersih,Hindraf public rallies and a series of corruption scandals bruising the gomen,thus, compelling Pat Lah to reschedule his general election date,reportedly set for the last week of December to a later date,probably during the mid-March 2008 school holidays. By then the Royal Commission would have done their work, but sure enough it will be before April 14,2008. You guys should knows why........