Ex-de facto Law Minister speaks out. Zaid Ibrahim will hold a press conference tomorrow to defend the decision to pay the RM10.5 million ex-gratia to judges sacked during the 1988 judicial crisis.
The ex-gratia payment, believed to be Zaid's idea, was announced by PM Abdullah Badawi during a dinner hosted by the Bar Council attended by some of the judges, including former Lord President Salleh Abas, on April 17. Zaid was the de facto Law Minister at the time.
Even some of those who supported the payout to the judges have criticised Zaid and the Government for the quantum, especially for keeping it a secret from taxpayers. The most loaded words have come from Dr Mahathir, who wrote h e r e:"I wonder whether the amount of ex-gratia is based on how much the ex-de facto Minister of Justice considers would please the Bar Council."At the rate things are going, I won't be surprised if Salleh will call for a Press conference to defend his good name.