22 Jul '15, 10pm

Judiciary in spotlight as Najib heads to court to clear name, say lawyers - by V Anbalagan (TMI)

by V. Anbalagan The Malaysian Insider 22 July 2015 The Malaysian judiciary, already perceived as being subservient to the executive, could be under further strain now that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has filed defamation suits against his political rivals and some media outlets, lawyers said. Whether the suits were in his personal capacity or not, lawyers said Najib’s administration would have to contend with public perception of him going to court for defamation – making him the first sitting Malaysian prime minister to do so. Najib, as head of the executive arm of government, has a role in the appointment and promotion of judges. The prime minister appoints some members of the Judicial Appointments Commission, which selects judges. While he still has the right to legal recourse, lawyers said it would be better for the prime minister to reply to criticism by engaging the media...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2015/07/23/judiciary-in-spotl...

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