Is the court unfairly targeted?

Judiciary's esteem soars under Chief Justice's guiding hand

20 Jan 2024 08:30pm
Pix for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX
Pix for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX

AWANG always admires and respects Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

Under her leadership, the judiciary is highly esteemed.

Consequently, many feel apprehensive.

Since the court's decision to imprison Bossku, voices questioning our judiciary have grown louder.

Recently, the Chief Justice issued a statement, urging not to make the court a scapegoat.

When high-profile individuals are acquitted of charges, do not blame the court, she stressed.

The decision to proceed with or drop a case is not within the court's authority; it lies with the Attorney-General.

When the Attorney-General decides not to continue the prosecution, the court has two options: either acquit the individual (DAA) or grant them a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA).

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Unfortunately, judges who make either of these decisions face public accusations of hidden motives or corruption.

The Attorney-General states that they do not need to provide reasons if they choose to drop charges.

The Chief Justice's statement is indeed accurate.

Therefore, Awang strongly supports the call to separate the powers of the Attorney-General and the Public Prosecutor.

This was also promised in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

This approach can avoid the perception that the highest political leaders want to protect their political allies or seek revenge against their enemies.