The grainy eight-minute video footage was taken in 2002 at senior lawyer VK Lingam's Kelana Jaya house. At that time, Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah was chief justice.
Appointed in 2000, he was seen as a fresh break from his two previous predecessors - Mohd Eusoff Chin (1994-2000) and Abdul Hamid Omar (1988-1994).
Dzaiddin was to retire in 2003, and the video showed Lingam expressing concerned that the outgoing CJ was moving his 'men' into top judiciary posts.
The conversation revolved around the urgent need to get Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, then chief judge of Malaya - the judiciary's No 3 - appointed as Court of Appeal president (No 2) and then chief justice (No 1).
There was also the plan to get former attorney-general Mokhtar Abdullah, who was then a Federal Court judge, to replace Ahmad Fairuz as No 3.
To do that, Lingam had roped in tycoon Vincent Tan, a close crony of then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a key minister in PM's Department.
They were to talk to Mahathir on the appointment of judges.
Ahmad Fairuz was appointed Court of Appeal president in December 2002 - months after the telephone conversation.
Dzaiddin stepped down as CJ in 2003 and he was replaced by Ahmad Fairuz.
Mokhtar, however, could not take the No 3 post as he was in coma after suffering from a fall in August 2002.
He died in 2003. Ahmad Fairuz' term as CJ will end in October 2007.
On Sept 19, Malaysiakini broke the story on the Lingam tape with the following report:
Interview with Lingam's brother
The 'mad' patient who wasn't
Interview with video-clip man Loh Mui Fah
Lingam tape: Businessman goes public
Malaysiakini Newsmaker of 2007
Below are our reports as the scandal unfolds (beginning with the latest):
Feb 15 - Final day, Day 17
Feb 13 - Day 16
Feb 12 - Day 15
Feb 5 - Day 14
'Close relatives' Haidar-Fairuz under spotlight
Feb 4 - Day 13
Lingam tape: More judges implicated
Thirunama: I warned Lingam to be careful
Jan 30 - Day 12
Jan 29 - Day 11
Jan 28 - Day 10
Jan 25 - Day 9
Jan 24 - Day 8
Jan 22 - Day 7
Jan 21 - Day 6
Jan 18 - Day 5
Jan 17 - Day 4
Jan 16 - Day 3
Jan 15 - Day 2
Jan 14 - Day 1
Lingam tape: Gov't awaits royal nod for commission members
Judges, back us on judicial reform
Lingam's brother: I am not mad!
Lingam: I'll cooperate with royal commission
Lingam tape: Cabinet yet to decide, says Nazri
Video part II: It was Fairuz, says Kit Siang
Panel to submit 'individual' reports
Fairuz gone, but crisis remains
PM rebukes lawyers over protest
'Video probe complete, authenticity questionable'
Anwar challenges ACA notice in court
ACA no show, Anwar makes U-turn
Nov 22 - Bar Council's EGM is on
Judicial petition to be sent to king tomorrow
Online petition 'sends clear message' to gov't
Lingam tape: Speaker bends rules for PKR motion
ACA chief: Video clip is inadmissible evidence
Wee to Suhakam: Probe conduct of quartet
A two-month extension for Ahmad Fairuz?
UN pressure sought over judicial rot
We, too, believe the tape is genuine
Stay focused on restoring judiciary, Nazri told
Nazri: They're all crazy lawyers
Lingam tape: Protest at panel's first meeting
'If I don't accept, I'll be sacked'
Haidar's appointment to panel objected
Bar United in their demand
Bar Council to press for royal commission
Mainstream papers play down expose
Bar Council 'appalled', calls emergency meeting
The Lingam tape: Anwar's press conference l 7 min
The day after: Clamour for CJ to step down l 3 min
Tunku Abdul Aziz, Param on the Lingam tape l 3 min
Bar United in demand for justice l 7 min
Bus ride to justice l 7 min
Will Tengku Adnan step up? l 1 min
PKR Youth to King: Don't give in l 3 min
Lingam tape: Will lawyers be even bothered? l Amer Hamzah Arshad
The Chief (In)Justice l Fahri Azzat
A judicial commission now more than ever l Jeffrey
Our worst fears confirmed l Steve Oh
Media diverting attention l Alex Tan Ken Seng
Royal commission needed l Dr Hsu Dar Ren
Judiciary has gone to the dogs l Pak Pandir Baru
Why is the Chief Justice whispering to Nazri? l P Ramakrishnan
Serve the master well and thy shall be rewarded l Richard Teo
Time to come together and change things l Truly Malaysian
The Chief Justice's denial l Azzat Kamaludin
Ball now at CJ's feet l NAN
Lingam tape a major embarrassment for gov't l Abang Hamzah
Pak Lah's biggest test l Adcin
Royal commission not up to PM l Thai EngLang
Corrupt big fish swimming about freely l Peter Ooi
Sack the law minister l Bath Cliath
Nazri should await decision l Sadirah K
Kudos to the lawyers l Dr Chris Anthony
Era of decadence l Zi-zenn
Yes, I made a difference today l Kow Sai
Nazri should quit gracefully l Mohd Kamal Abdullah
We've talked the walk, let's now walk the talk l Mohan Sankaran
Rebuttal to minister in charge of chief justice l Gerard Lourdesamy
Lingam tape: Formation of 'no power' panel dubious l Amer Hamzah Arshad
Where are the technical experts? l Peter Ooi
Again heat is on the whistleblowers, not culprits l Hamdan Ibrahim
Lingam tape: Will the gov't be bold enough? l Dr Chris Anthony
'Independent' panel a mere eye-wash l Krishnad
Chief Justice would have retired by then l Hamdan Ibrahim
Formation of panel raises more questions l Sukhdave
Let's do an Osama on Lingam tape l Peter Ooi
Nazri, don't hide behind secretary's skirt l P Ramakrishnan
Believe me, the Lingam tape is genuine l Richard Teo
Nazri, lawyers' motives don't matter l Wong Fook Meng
Lam Thye, is the ferry photo authentic? l AB Sulaiman
When we speak the truth, they want to jail us l Dr Chris Anthony
Gov't in a fix over judiciary 'fix-it' scandal l Pak Pandir Baru
Open letter to CJ Ahmad Fairuz l Lim Kit Siang
ACA a tool of the government l Truly Malaysian
ACA, copies are as good as the originals l Digitalized Man
Even Parliament refuses to debate Lingam tape l Peter Ooi
Ahmad Fairuz, do us a favour, go quietly l P Ramakrishnan
Nazri, which planet do you live on? l Sarita Sharma
Nazri, Pak Lah in state of denial l SF Lim
What if the tape is about a bomb plot? l Peter Ooi
Time to cleanse our judiciary l Kim Quek
Will we miss the boat again? l Steven Gan
Voice of the people l Helen Ang
Judiciary in need of radical reform l Anwar Ibrahim
Video clip lands judiciary in the dock l Baradan Kuppusamy
Breakdown of law and order l Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Deal with the rot, not the tape l M Bakri Musa
Let's do the 'lawyer walk' l Azly Rahman
Here's the crisis, Prime Minister! l KJ John
Lingam tape: Najib's panel unacceptable l Kim Quek
Battle on, for change! l Azly Rahman
Proverbial justice in the making? l Stanley Koh
Irrelevant, irrelevant, irrelevant! l Kim Quek
Judiciary in crisis l Raja Aziz Addruse
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