Zaid, the new de facto Law Minister. He didn't waste any time to try and deal with the issue that suddenly cropped up on Malaysians' conscience last year - the 1988 Judiciary crisis.Expressing his view that the government had made a mistake in sacking former Lord President Tun Mohd Salleh Abbas in 1988, he said the interference had brought disrepute to the judiciary, which was hardly restored until today."The biggest mistake was to sack Tun Salleh Abbas and suspend several judges. But that was 20 years ago, now we open a new chapter.
"We appologise to those affected... We will repair the damage, change our attitude and our ways," he said.
Mohd Salleh was sacked while five Supreme Court judges were suspended during the judiciary crisis of 1988. - BERNAMA [full story here]But Saleh Abas' story is not as black-and-white. I met with the man a couple of times some weeks before the general election to assist him with his memoir. He is a man of great honour caught in a web of deceit and lies, and between desperate politicians and corrupt judges.
Dr Mahathir is said to be the man responsible for the Malaysian judiciary's decline. He was the Prime Minister then, the head of the Executive.
But the Malaysian judiciary could not have been brought down without the help of the Judiciary itself. But there were also desperate Judges then who had no qualms about stabbing a friend in his back in order for their own dreams to be fulfilled.
Read Tun Saleh and I which I wrote for the February issue of the Tell magazine.