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Be brave and hold RCI on judiciary - Patriot

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Veterans group Patriot has supported Court of Appeal judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer's call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into judicial misconduct.

Patriot president Mohamed Arshad Raji (photo) said the truth must be uncovered following Hamid's shocking revelations in an affidavit filed yesterday.

"Even if it brings shame to our nation in general and the judiciary in particular, and however painful the process of uncovering the truth may bring, we have to be brave and welcome the RCI.

"Only then, after the truth is known, lessons learned, and remedial actions taken could our nation and society be truly exorcised of the haunted past," Mohamed Arshad said in a statement.

In his affidavit, Hamid claimed that certain members of the judiciary aided private parties to defraud the government.

He said he is willing to reveal more if an RCI is formed to look into the matter, but expressed regret that Chief Justice Richard Malanjum is not seeking an RCI.

His affidavit was supporting lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo's application to declare that the chief justice failed to defend the integrity and credibility of the judiciary over two alleged incidents of judicial interference.

Mohamed Arshad called on "untainted" members of the judiciary, and all Malaysians to be brave and united in facing this episode.

"Malaysia will emerge strong again," he added.


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