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Malaysian Judiciary: Erosion of Confidence

Wu, MA (1999). Malaysian Judiciary: Erosion of Confidence. Australian Journal of Asian Law,1(2):124-153.

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Title Malaysian Judiciary: Erosion of Confidence
Author Wu, MA
Journal Name Australian Journal of Asian Law
Publication Date 1999
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1443-0738   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 124
End Page 153
Total Pages 30
Place of Publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher The Federation Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Over the past decade in Malaysia, the executive has sought to restrict judicial power, and has subjected the traditional doctrine of judicial independence to much stress. Other recent developments have compounded this problem and badly affected the reputation of Malaysia's judges. The image of the judiciary has been tarnished and public confidence in the impartiality of judges has been eroded. This article discusses the events that caused this crisis in public confidence. These include executive perceptions of the judicial function, the sacking of the highest judicial officer and two superior court judges, judicial misbehaviour, the 'poison pen' letter scandal, and a general negativity toward the judicial role emerging from the trial of Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister and now Malaysia's foremost dissident.
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