Proverbial justice in the making?

Stanley Koh

Modified 29 Jan 2008, 10:21 am

'Laws catch flies but let the hornets go free'. This is a Scottish saying that many Malaysians may not have heard of. But you can be sure that it also carries the same tragic message reflected in the Cantonese (dialect) proverb of the 'black dog commits a wrong but the white dog got punished'.

The latest controversial Lingam tape exposure by PKR is almost tantamount to the Malay proverb, "The turtle lays thousands of eggs without anyone knowing but when the hen lays an egg, the whole country is informed." The rot of the judiciary had its beginning following the events in 1988 when appointments and promotions of judges were left basically to the chief justice and the prime minister. Many on the contrary knew about the "thousands of turtle eggs" but why was this latest egg laid by the proverbial hen that sent conscientious Malaysians and the professional Bar Council screaming in protest?

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