Action must be taken against Chin: Karpal

(Bernama) — DAP chairman Karpal Singh today called on the government to take action against Sibu High Court judge Datuk Ian Chin if Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s allegations against the judge have merit.

He said Dr Mahathir should be given every opportunity to defend himself over the allegations made by Chin that the former prime minister had threatened judges in 1997 to rule in favour of the government and that he had sent judges to boot camp.

“Chin should not abuse the court process to make disclosures condemning Dr Mahathir and should be brave enough to make statements against Dr Mahathir bereft of the cloak of absolute immunity to give him (Dr Mahathir) an opportunity to take him on in a court of law,” he said in a statement.

Recently, Chin, while hearing a dispute over the March 8 general election in Sarawak, revealed that judges were threatened with dismissal if they did not make pro-government decisions.

Dr Mahathir had asked yesterday whether the government would set up a tribunal to investigate Chin for allegedly breaching the code of judicial ethics. The former prime minister claimed Chin did not reveal there was a police report against him for having heard a case in which he had a personal interest.

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