Gerakan national youth chief Tan Keng Liang has urgedÂ Malaysian Bar to clarify whether there was any special exception granted to the Pakatan de facto leader to be represented by an ex-Federal Court judge.
“I refer to the resolution by the Malaysian Bar passed on 15th March 2014 at its annual general meeting that retired higher court judges be prohibited from representing clients in court,” he said in a statement today.
Keng Liang further added that the resolution is based upon “the principle of antiquity in common law jurisdictions that a retired judge of a superior court should not practice as counsel before the judges who were previously his colleagues or his junior to him on the Bench.”
According to the Malaysian Bar, such conduct may also have the effect of intimidating the Bench and worse, it could give the perception that the said retired judge or counsel and his client have an advantage over other counsel and adverse parties.
The resolution text also underlines,“This may adversely affect public perception as to the administration of justice.”
In the appeal before the Federal Court yesterday, Pakatan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was allowed to be represented by ex-Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram.
“This is clearly contrary to the resolution by the Malaysian Bar early this year,”Â Tan said.
“As was argued by the Malaysian Bar to justify their resolution, this matter may affect the public perception as to the administration of justice in our country.
“The Malaysian Bar should offer a public explanation without any further delay.”MYNEWSHUB