Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil is the latest to press for a swift government reaction to the shocking allegations detailed in an affidavit by Court of Appeal Judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.
In a statement today, he called on the government to respond to the allegations by ordering a Royal Commission of Inquiry into judicial interference.
“Amanah Youth urges the government to carry out this investigation thoroughly, freely and fairly,” he said.
The group fully supported the call made by Hamid in the affidavit 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 involving Anwar Ibrahim and the late Karpal Singh.
Hamid in his affidavit claimed that members of the judiciary have been aiding private parties to defraud the government.
“The affidavit also revealed that there were senior judges who were concerned about the victory of Pakatan Harapan in the last 14th general election. Surely there would be no need for concern had there been no ethical or constitutional violations?” said Faiz.
He recalled the controversy in July 2017 when Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin were reappointed as additional judges in the Federal Court, saying it was a clear violation of the provisions of Article 125 of the Federal Constitution.
He cited it as an issue that could be examined through the RCI.
“The disclosure by Hamid is a serious matter that raises the question of whether the judges have so far conducted their judicial functions with dignity and integrity,” said Faiz.
“The RCI should be set up immediately to investigate."