The Sabah Law Society (SLS) has defended Chief Justice Richard Malanjum, attorney-general Tommy Thomas and de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong dancing together yesterday.
"The only real 'twist' is that of the facts and we have faith that our society is similarly mature enough to recognise that the individuals in the video are able to separate their professional life from the personal.
"It would be a sad day for our legal community if members feel constrained from dancing at an annual social occasion such as the Opening of Legal Year Gala Dinner 2019 as a result of such unsubstantiated criticism," SLS president Brenndon Soh said in a statement today.
Earlier today, a video surfaced of Malanjum, Thomas, and Liew dancing to the 1960s tune of “Let's Twist Again” by American rock 'n' roll singer Chubby Checker during the dinner organised by the SLS.
This courted criticism from several quarters, who said the judiciary must not fraternise in such a way with the executive.
Soh said the joint event between judges and lawyers in Sabah and Sarawak has been held since 2001, and is a hallmark of a "mature legal community".
"It is therefore very disappointing that certain groups are attempting to politicise what is essentially a social and harmonious occasion reflective of our East Malaysian hospitality," he said.