Malaysia's de facto Judicial Appointment Commission?
If the reports by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam video clip were to be believed, then we actually already had a Judicial Appointment Commission! The questionable members of this de factor commission in question are: VK Lingam, Tengku Adnan and Vincent Tan.
What they allegedly did was to advise the Prime Minister then, Dr Mahathir, on the appointment of the Chief of Justice. (read HERE)
Mahathir, however, has gone on record to ssay that he got the views of people (not just the CJ) on the appointment of Superior judges. For this, I suppose, the Commission found the former PM had a "narrow interpretation" to the meaning of the word "consultation" in the appointment and promotion of judges. See Article 122 of the Constitution, excerpts below:The Lord President of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of the High Courts and ... the other judges of the supreme court and of the High Courts shall be appointed by the Yang di pertuan Agong, acting on the advice of the PM, after the consulting the conference of Rulers.
I expect the journalists to ask Pak Lah if he's going to retain Ku Nan as Umno sec-gen now that he's been found guilty by the Commission.