Hornbill Unleashed

August 21, 2010

UMNO and MACC strangling each other

Filed under: Corruption,Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:15 AM
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By Pak Bui

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa made a humiliating spectacle of himself in front of the coroner’s court during the hearing into the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

His self-abasement is a terrible setback for UMNO’s efforts to regain votes in the next general election. The MACC has plumbed the depths of public mistrust, and in so doing has reflected badly on its masters in UMNO.

Public anger towards the MACC will also be directed against UMNO, since Malaysians of all races understand that the MACC behaves as a political weapon, wielded by UMNO and its allies against their opponents.

The MACC’s move to attack celebrated Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand appears to have backfired. Abdul Razak Musa was ill-prepared, and cracked under the intense pressure on him to cast doubt on the Thai doctor’s findings that Teoh’s death was no suicide.

Abdul Razak inexplicably mixed up ‘dead’ and ‘unconscious’. He blurted out irrational statements and questions, drawing laughs and jeers from the public gallery, and even from the coroner himself.

He asserted that a man could “strangle himself” (as Pakatan Rakyat leader Anwar Ibrahim was said to have given himself a black eye during his persecution a decade ago). He also insisted a man would weigh more when unconscious than conscious.

In short, he brought shame to the Malaysian legal profession, and to our nation as a whole. He also embarrassed his masters in UMNO. UMNO and MACC are now caught in a fatal embrace that is suffocating both institutions. UMNO has lost votes, while the MACC has lost credibility in the midst of this mutual strangulation.

Only a change in government can improve the MACC and, for that matter, UMNO itself. Any rehabilitation efforts will mean wholesale reforms and changes of leadership: it will take years to repair the damage inflicted by UMNO warlords’ domination.

Lawyers’  duty to search for truth

Abdul Razak refused to speak to the press after the hearing, realising perhaps that his catastrophic performance had done more harm than good for UMNO apologists, in the shambolic coroner’s investigation.

The MACC’s Abdul Razak and Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail have made a mockery of the process of justice. The Attorney-General tried to submit a so-called ‘suicide note’ to the coroner, nine months after the inquiry began. Teoh’s family members have told the press the note is a forgery. The prospect of a Royal Commission into his death appears ever more distant.

Abdul Gani has also supervised the removal of a Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) from Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial, following reports of a sexual affair between the female DPP and the prosecution’s star witness, Saiful Bukhari. There has been irreparable harm done to the credibility of the trial, with this potential breach in confidentiality of the prosecution’s information and lack of impartiality.

The MACC, the Attorney-General’s Office, and their masters in UMNO, have made Malaysia, our judiciary and legal profession a laughing stock worldwide. Our worldwide reputation now matches that of the Singaporean legal profession, infamous for its meek subservience to the executive.

Will these senior government lawyers’ cynical manipulations now be seen a role model for young Malaysian lawyers? These wealthy MACC and government lawyers behave like highly paid vassals of the ruling class within UMNO. Their contempt for the justice system is another example of how UMNO’s misrule is strangling Malaysia and her institutions.

The irony is that the legal profession has a rich and noble history. Lawyers pledge to further the cause of Truth and Justice, two of the greatest Platonic ideals.

The profession has been illuminated by intellectual giants like Francis Bacon, Lord Denning and John Rawls. Lawyers have also found an affinity with politics, perhaps because practice of the law sharpens analytical and communication skills.

Some of the better lawyers have always striven to represent their countrymen as well as their clients. These include Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Barrack Obama, and closer to home, Baru Bian, See Chee How and Zaid Ibrahim of the PKR, and Chong Chien Jen, Wong Ho Leng, Karpal Singh and Lim Kit Siang of the DAP.

Ambiga Sreenivasan, former Bar Council president, and recipient of the US Secretary of State’s award for International Women of Courage, as well as human rights lawyer Edmund Bon are among a small number of Malaysian lawyers respected for their public service, and for advocating reform of the judiciary and freedom from oppression.

Edmund Bon has even shown defiant iconoclasm, by saying the Bar Council has lost its momentum in the national fight for justice, and has grown “toothless and lethargic” in the past few years. He drew plenty of flak from fellow lawyers in the process.

Unfortunately, lawyers like Abdul Razak and Abdul Gani Patail, and examples of our local Sarawakian species such as state legal representative JC Fong, are in the definite majority. They appear far less independent than we would expect our lawyers to be, and far more slavish to our political elite.

Doctors and lawyers

The decline of Malaysia’s government and public life has diminished trust in all our institutions and professions. The local medical profession has also lost credibility, over its kowtowing to UMNO.

One example was the heavily criticised post-mortem reports by local pathologists on the violent deaths of M Kugan Ananthan and Teoh Beng Hock. Most Malaysians consider Teoh and Kugan victims of brutality by the police and the MACC, both institutions displaying a crude bias towards UMNO’s interests.

Another example was the odd announcement last year by the president of the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons, that sodomy can take place even if an examining doctor finds no evidence of this. This public statement was hardly seen as professional, helpful and objective, in the politically charged trial of Anwar Ibrahim.

Anton Chekhov wrote: “Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.”

What is the way forward for Malaysia’s professions to reclaim their credibility, after the chokehold placed on them by UMNO and its servants?



  1. […] the farcical inquest into Teoh’s suspicious death, the MACC lawyer, Abdul Razak Musa grilled  Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand, the Thai pathologist, and gave the whole world a hilarious […]

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    Abdul Razak, Abu Kassim——–you are useless dogols.The judge of the case is also a farking dogol, should have told Razak and prosecuters to fark off and jail them for making the court look like a jamban.


    Comment by R.Ramli — August 23, 2010 @ 10:28 AM | Reply

  3. Poor fellow Dpp Razak I am sure he would have wished not to be trapped in this case . Deep inside his mind he knows that there is nothing that could be done to save the killer. He is just there is do his part as a DPP. POOR RAZAK you earned a bad reputation which is not your liking.

    Comment by ajajal — August 22, 2010 @ 10:21 PM | Reply

  4. what a joke, how many more jokes these UMNO MACC going to make……..? hahha

    Comment by whatever — August 22, 2010 @ 9:37 PM | Reply

  5. Save Yong Vui Kong had gathered 90 thousand signatory but Beng Hock ONLY received 20+ thousand signatory support for establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry to independently and thoroughly investigate his death. I fully support Yong Vui Kong deserve a 2rd chance for his life. BUT I also feel disappointed with only 20K signed the petition for Beng Hock who had lost his life in the custody on MACC. Pls sign the petition for Beng Hock here. http://www.petitiononline.com/j4bhmacc/petition.html

    Comment by AnuTahu — August 22, 2010 @ 3:26 PM | Reply

  6. Ha ha, Malaysia Boleh? I wished the scenes have transpired liked the below:

    a) A body weighed more unconcious than conscious……

    Guffaws break out in the court room.

    b) WHich university did you graduated from? Are u sure u are a lawyer…..I would have guessed u are a clown or idiot? ha ha ha ha…………….the whole court break out into such laughter that court has to be adjourned for 1 hour…….

    Comment by max — August 22, 2010 @ 12:09 PM | Reply

  7. Observing from the manner Abdul Razak conducted his cross-examination on Dr.Pornthip, I feel sorry for him. I can’t blame him because that was the best he could do. I wonder, if he was appointed to be the head of the MACC prosecution division based on merit?

    Comment by Termite — August 22, 2010 @ 10:59 AM | Reply

  8. […] UMNO and MACC strangling each other By Pak Bui Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa made a humiliating spectacle […] […]

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    They murder, torture, swindle BILLIONS, lie and cheat.

    Comment by R.Ramli — August 22, 2010 @ 6:56 AM | Reply

  10. Blardy sons of Satan: the three clowns, Pathail, Musang and the MACC pondans.

    Comment by vsp — August 21, 2010 @ 11:18 PM | Reply

  11. Lord Denning?

    Don’t get carried away, mate! Denning was a right-wing conservative with a fascist streak.

    Read (among others) his uncalled for view on the Birmingham “IRA” bombers!

    Comment by Ali Cohen — August 21, 2010 @ 10:55 PM | Reply

    • Right-wing judges can advance case law and jurisprudence too.

      Comment by Positivist — August 22, 2010 @ 10:11 AM | Reply

  12. Looks like even God finds it hard to save us now. My heart cries everytime these goons make a mockery of our whole nation. No amount of effort can save us except a change of government.

    Comment by Concern — August 21, 2010 @ 8:39 PM | Reply

  13. Its tough and challenging for the BN to be toppled but not impossible.There is already sign its on the way.
    PKR is on it way to great victory.

    Comment by Jang — August 21, 2010 @ 7:35 PM | Reply

    • True, they’re not pushovers. But they’re their own undoing. It just may make the opposition more determmined, creative and resilient. Government with the present opposition is more and more the people’s business that it should be. Sure they’ll have problems but who don’t have any? That’s UMNO/BN’s creed – no problem semua boleh!

      Comment by Watcha — August 21, 2010 @ 9:28 PM | Reply

  14. Please do not compare the Malaysian judiciary with the Singapore judiciary. While I concede that decisions made seem to favour the government; there is no blatant manipulation as can be seen in the Malaysian justice system.

    It would be good if you could give some examples of how the Singapore courts are “infamous for its meek subservience to the executive.”

    I generally feel the courts have been fair

    Thank you

    Comment by Patrick Tan — August 21, 2010 @ 6:08 PM | Reply

    • Well, let’s see…every ‘libel’ action brought by the First Family against their political opponents has resulted in severe penalties, even bankruptcy, for opponents.

      Singapore courts have supported every single ban and legal action against international newspapers and magazines critical of the executive.

      Singapore lawyers and judges have sat on their hands when faced with a mandatory death sentence for drug traffickers such as Yong Vui Kong, with a few notable exceptions, such as Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer M Ravi. Ravi has argued this mandatory sentence curtails the independence of the judiciary and is unconstitutional. Please see http://savevuikong.blogspot.com/.

      In fact, come to think about it, perhaps it IS unfair to compare Malaysia’s legal profession with Singapore’s. At least Malaysia has a handful of lawyers in politics and the Bar Council, able to demonstrate a modicum of courage in advocating civil rights; Singapore has next to none. But I do accept that Singapore’s legal system is far better at penalising corruption and upholding corporations’ interests.

      Comment by Pak Bui — August 21, 2010 @ 7:03 PM | Reply

    • “…I generally feel the courts have been fair”

      Which? Singapaore? It may appear so but it isn’t! As Pak Bui says deceptive appearances mask the Singa’s “red in tooth and claw” Judiciary a shade lighter. Nothing that involves the ‘opposition’ in Singapore will go anywhere.

      Watch out one day as the opposition gets stronger, legal tangles will touch on economics/wealth and politics. Then the claws will come out and cow anybody in its way, as it had in the past.

      Comment by Watcha — August 21, 2010 @ 8:16 PM | Reply

      • Best to leave it at that, or they’ll SEE YOU IN COURT.

        Comment by Pak Bui — August 22, 2010 @ 10:06 AM | Reply

  15. ..yes we need a change of government. but bringing about this change is the problem. if only our people regain their intelligence and support Zaid and Anwar to kick the evil out.

    malaysians are not born stupid. they were on the the road to becoming the BEST in ASia in the 60/70s’. what do we have now, phoney experts and racist idiots as educators. the children are the father of mankind. what we teach them today helps to FORM OUR FUTURE! (Mahatma Gandhi).

    I hope one day all these would seem as a terrible nightmare to us.

    whatever celestial power up there, please save us from these human devils!

    once upon a time a teacher in malaysia

    Comment by dian — August 21, 2010 @ 4:35 PM | Reply

  16. To demonstrate self-strangulation is no big deal. He should prove to strangle himself unto death !!! It’s like testifying that his front could sodomize his own hack. What a joke !

    Comment by Tony Tan — August 21, 2010 @ 3:33 PM | Reply

  17. Simply beyond repair. The people of Malaysia are guilty too if they continue to vote this idiots back to power.

    Comment by Chris Chow — August 21, 2010 @ 3:25 PM | Reply

  18. Only a change in the government can Malaysia be saved from corruption, unjust judiciary, deteriorating professionalism, poor education system and abused of power.

    Let’s vote for change in the next GE !

    Comment by PH Chin — August 21, 2010 @ 1:07 PM | Reply

  19. It’s deteriorated to the noble teaching profession now, Pak Bui. Sucks right down to the teachers. Mind you NOT all teachers. We have the Mufti of Perak *who sold ponzi money schemes and still remains as Mufti and pretends to unite Malays. The list goes on. Najib sell bigger ponzis, too! So does Taib.

    Maybe we should hop back into our time machine. Go back 53 years and fast forward to 1968. We could rewrite history when have another election before 1969.

    It has never been anything else but back to the future. Strange as it may sound but there you have it – living for a future does mean living your past. Perhaps, that’s what they mean when they say a brave nut dies many times.

    1968? Actually, it sounds like it’s just about now! Or doesn’t it?

    * Translate with translate.google.com

    Comment by wayang street — August 21, 2010 @ 9:38 AM | Reply

  20. Justice system in Malaysia is heading towards collapse when we witnessed how the trials of a few high profile cases have been conducted especially against opponents of UMNO controlled BN government. The only way to salvage our beloved country is to change the government.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 21, 2010 @ 9:20 AM | Reply

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