Posted by Super Admin
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Dr Mahathir Mohamad has finally come out of his corner to hit back at Justice Ian Chin’s scathing remarks against the former prime minister.
He posted his comments under the heading “Ian Chin’s Great Revelation” and immediately chalked up 104 responses from his readers with one telling the good doctor that his blog has reached the two million mark.
“I have not commented earlier on Justice Dato Ian Chin’s (Chin J) exposé about my misdeeds because I needed time to recall events which happened more than a decade ago and to find documents which may give credibility to my explanations,” Mahathir blogged.
Chin had accused Dr Mahathir during his term as prime minister of giving a “veiled threat” against judges who did not fall into line with dismissal and interfering with the judiciary.
“I am grateful that some judges and ex-judges have refuted what Chin J said about my threatening judges. The Singapore Straits Times (not my favourite paper) seems more willing than Malaysian papers to report how Chin J’s colleagues were stunned by his statements.”
“One Court of Appeal judge told the Straits Times, ‘I asked my brother judge who was on the bench with me this morning whether he remembered the incident, and he asked me the same’. Neither of them did. Nor did retired senior judges Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, Tan Sri Lamin Yunus and Datuk Shaik Daud Ismail, who were quoted in the New Straits Times,” Mahathir said.
About Ian Chin’s claims of a “thinly veiled threat” to remove judges, Dr M again relied on the Straits Times report which said, “Several judges have since disputed his version of the event”.
He went on to say those contacted by the Straits Times “did not remember him (the ex-PM) issuing a threat to sack judges who did not take his view”.
“It seems that except for Chin J, no one else heard the threat. I attended only one judges conference and I remember I talked on two subjects- the mandatory death sentence on drug traffickers and (excessive) litigation. At no time did I issue any threat against the judges.”