Tun Dr. Mahathir: Set up a tribunal to investigate Justice Ian Chin


Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad this morning said there was a Police report against Miri High Court Judge Ian Chin in discharging his duty where he had vested interests against the parties involved.

Justice Chin had a grudge against former Sabah Foundation Boss Dato’ Syed Kechik, who he believed had a part in getting former’s father and brother being detained by the authorities. He heard in chambers and issued an injunction, which reversed a decision by another judge in 1996 on a claim of RM 40 millon land deal which was awarded to the claimant, Zara Sdn. Bhd. and Benita, Sdn. Bhd. by another judge. For the record, Justice Chin was a Berjaya member, contsted twice and one of the manifesto was to get rid of Dato’ Syed Kechik, who is a Kedahan from Sabah. Hence,  as reported, brother Judges found his judgment, “flawed”.

In the March 2008 Federal Court judgment when the case put forth by Zara and Benita,  Justice Chin was found to extremely prejudicial and unwarrantly attacking the credibility of Syed Salem Al Bukhary (representing his brother Dato’ Syed Kechik).

“A tribunal should be set up to investigate the reports against Justice Chin”, urged Tun Dr. Mahathir in a media conference at his Petronas office, on the 86 Floor of Tower One, KLCC. He held up a compiled report against Justice Chin which is two inch thick. When PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim highlighted the video recording was then thought to be of lawyer V K Lingam ‘names dropping’, a special three man tribunal was set up which eventually led to the Royal Commission of Inquiry having to convene and investigated the complaint thoroughly.

When asked why suddenly he made scathing attacks against Tun Dr. Mahathir, “Maybe he believed that by demonizing Dr. Mahathir, he would earn merits with the Government”, stating that Dr. Mahathir himself knew he was ‘not popular’ with the current administration.

Justice Chin attracted attention when he claimed Tun Dr. Mahathir issued “veiled threats” against Judges and made Judges “go through bootcamp”. Two Judges openly discredited Justice Chin, which included a serving Judge and was reported to say Justice Chin “flawed in his judgment”. The former Prime Minister expressed his dismay when now Justice Chin is claiming that Tun Dr. Mahathir “Could have dropped words here and there”.

Malaysiakini reported this two days ago:

Judge hits back at ‘devil incarnate’ Mahathir

 Jun 24, 08 8:55pm

High Court judge Ian Chin, who two weeks ago make stunning allegations that he was threatened by Dr Mahathir Mohamad for a number of decisions in high-profile cases, has today fired another stinging salvo at the former prime minister

“…Dr Mahathir for what he had done and for what he is trying to do is a devil incarnate but to those who had suffered under his hands, even that description my be rather complimentary,” said Chin in open court during a hearing of an election petition in Sibu, Sarawak, this afternoon.

He told lawyers from both parties of the election petition to decide whether he should continue hearing the case in light of the attacks on his integrity.

Mahathir had denied issuing a ‘thinly-veiled threat’ at a 1997 judges conference that they would be sacked if they decided unfavourably against his government.

Chin, a High Court judge for Sabah and Sarawak, said he had also been sent to an indoctrination ‘boot camp’ where participants were pressured into making pro-government decisions.

While Mahathir conceded the existence of such ‘work camps’, he said these were held for participants to learn about Malaysia’s political system, the Barisan Nasional concept, ethics and moral values and democracy.

Chin also took offence with Mahathir in stating that there was a police report made against the judge for hiding his past when hearing a certain case.

“Dr Mahathir, by waving the supposed police report the way he did, lent support to the general held view that this prime minister kept a docket on everyone useful but with a skeleton in their cupboard so that he can manipulate then on pain of disclosing the skeleton,” he said in a lengthy defence against the ex-PM’s remarks.

<!–[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>“I thought only the Stasi of the then communist East Germany do such a thing but then it was done for the benefit of the state not for an individual.

“In my view, he is trying to exploit this general belief to wave that supposed police report to get the public to believe that I have committed something unlawful which he is privy to and which the public is not unaware so that my integrity could be put under suspicion to make what I have revealed unbelievable.

“Let me declare to the public that I am as clean as a whistle and my life is an open book.”

Boot camp: Judge told to carry egg

Chin also argued that his shocking revelations on the state of judiciary during Mahathir’s times was not because he was passed over for promotion.

He tendered a number of letters he wrote to two different chief justices in which he told them that his wife wanted to return to Kota Kinabalu.

“Since I do not want promotion before, now or in the future nor any appointment after my retirement, what do I get out of all this knowing very well that I will be the target for vilification?

“It is this. I must be able to sleep well after I retired knowing that I have done all I can, like all the crucified judges before me, to tell Malaysians the danger they are in regarding the state of the judiciary.”

Chin revealed more about the boot camp he attended as a judge and the humiliation which participants were forced into.

“…You surrendered your wallet, your air ticket and handphone when you checked into the camp and you cannot go anywhere as it is in an isolated place and you cannot leave for anywhere as there is no transport.

“You are totally cut off from the outside world, with no newspapers or television and with selected news conveyed to you at the assembly for the purpose of sampling reaction such as the news that a certain party had won a by-election which elicited some applause from some young officers but they earned the rebuke of a High Court judge as that was an improper display of partisanship.

He said the objective of the boot camp was to “make us take orders” and a “junior officer was made our leader from whom we have to take orders from and one Sessions Court judge who disagreed with that was made to publicly apologise on a podium to his junior officer leader”.

“Another method employed was to chisel away the view we held of how independent we should be in our job as High Court judges and this they did by punishing or humiliating a High Court judge by making him carry a brick all the time after he broke the egg which each of us must carry wherever we went, including marching.

“All these were, in my view, for the purpose of softening us to take order for the benefit of the government, meaning Dr Mahathir.”


Justice Chin most probably was describing Biro Tata Negara’s  national  integration development program, which Tun Dr. Mahathir explained  that thousands of political, civil service and  even corporate leaders  and industry captains attended but not a word of complaint.

When asked whether this would hamper de facto Law Minister Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim’s promises for law reforms when he was appointed in the Cabinet, “How can someone who was found by his own party of money politics misconduct and not allowed to contest (in General Elections) be appointed as a Cabinet Minister?”, doubting Zaid would do the right thing as he had swallowed what Justice Chin said, wholesomely without checking.

Lawyer Matthias Chang made a Police report against Justice Chin at Jalan Travers Police station in the afternoon. He repeated his challenge of Chin citing himself for contempt of court and face Chang for an open debate.

* Full photographical reporting of the media conference can be viewed at Jinggo Fotopages

Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 14:58  Comments (11)  

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  1. BD,

    suruh mukhriz suggest sesiapa nak bertanding dari ketua cawangan sampai la ke presiden parti untuk buat debat depan ahli macam kat u.s.

  2. Ian chin thinks since he is a judge, he is so mighty and powerful to even carry an egg in a camp.. silly, these camps are fun, i’ve been to one. It builds your personality, make you a team player, builds your social skill,make you MORE HUMBLE, make you aware that there are people not only like you but also from other walks of life, and by the end of it, the experience and the memories you had is something you would treasure for the rest of your life. Imagine waking up at 5am in the morning, go for morning exercises, then later for courses till 5pm, then go for fun & games and in the evening, had to prepare assignments with others in your team, sometimes till after midnight. It’s hectic and tiring, and a lot of people complain about it. but most people, unlike Ian Chin, complete the course and we became closer to each other. We are Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or creed, we had undergone thru this together and we had prevailed and came out strong, united and prepared to face challenges, and personally, i felt i became more of a better person. pity he didn’t complete the course. Why is the judge thinks he is all too big and proud than doctors, students, government staffs, soldiers, police? we are all humans, we are malaysians, we too face challenges in life. What, he thinks he’s god?

  3. I cant say whether its true or not, do i believe or not, the Tun’s threatening things as claimed by Chin. Although 22 years is a long enough period of time for me to at last be able to judge and concludes, what Tun Mahathir is and has been.

    But the one thing i can say knowing the context to be true enough to compliment my argument, is the principle of a one sadly oddly judge by the name Ian Chin.

    He is a judge, for goodness me! A man (a job) with such heavily depended integrity in both trust and principle by the Rakyat. IF he cant be the man he supposed to be then at the time, a man of conscious, integrity, principle and brave not just in handing over a decision in the court of law but more so, in standing up for the truth; what kind of a man do we expect and hope for, Ian Chin is NOW?

    The whole saga of this brought up thing by Ian Chin is STINKS and of absolute MALICIOUS in contents. Be it the truth or not, Ian Chin the honorable judge should hold true to what judges are and not becoming a ZORRO. HIDING UNDER OBSCURITY YEARS AGO TO SUDDENLY RIDING OVER POPULARITY NOW.

  4. I believe that Judge Chin trying to get sympathy from PM Abdulah because of he is facing Big Charge !!

    Hopefully he will get :
    1. any police investigation on him will be blocked or delayed ?
    2. Any tribunal to be set up will be consist of anti-Tun M judges ?
    3. If found guilty, at least there is Ex-gratia payment waiting for him ?

    Look far-fetched ? I don’t think so.

  5. Never ceases to amaze me how Dr M bringing up how one person or another is fundamentally flawed not think that ppl reading them would realise Dr M himself is guilty of those very things, and sometimes to a worse degree. Who is trying to divert attention away from whom now? Even if there is truth that Ian Chin breached his Code of Conduct as a judge, then fine let there be a tribunal to investigate that, there are proper channels in place to deal with that; it does not change or affect Chin’s claim of the judges’ boot camp and Dr M’s interference in the judiciary (and may I add, not the first time too). and funny too how he claimed that Zaid’s unclean record should bar him from any ministerial position before…has he forgotten that he has once said that he had “saved Rafidah three times” in the past, the implication being that he expected more respect from the International Trade and Industry Minister during the AP issue – and how many times did HE appoint Rafidah to be a minister?

  6. JC, Sokong PM untuk RM ?

    shame ..

  7. With all said about Justice Ian Chin, I have little respect for such a personality.

    For anybody seeking sympathy and support from the proponents of Malaysian Malaysia/ Ketuanan Rakyat in the likes of the Bar Council, DAP and PKR, just criticize the BTN camps; they come rushing licking you all over like the puppies they are. They just hate BTN, a real spoiler to their aspirations.

    Just think about it, Ian Chin makes such statement which had no relevance to the case before him and ties it up with a “boot camp” and immediately “Holy smoke!” (as some put it), see the number of puppies came rushing to him and with more waiting, wiggling their tails for their turn. Garbage…..he’s a real sampah masyarakat; he should be a JP sitting with a desk ever ready to sign stat declarations like RPK’s infamous SD.

  8. n June 27, 2008 at 11:31 am momo Said:

    “I believe that Judge Chin trying to get sympathy from PM Abdulah because of he is facing Big Charge !!

    Hopefully he will get :
    1. any police investigation on him will be blocked or delayed ?
    2. Any tribunal to be set up will be consist of anti-Tun M judges ?
    3. If found guilty, at least there is Ex-gratia payment waiting for him ?”..

    Yeah bro, it looks like so.. AGREE.

  9. Bila hamba Allah ini hilang di dunia barulah ada kajian tentang dirinya atau penghurmatan baginya…Sekirranya beliau maseh ada…lihat sendiri apa yang mereka kata…sian Dr mahathir…
    pemimpin 2 yang ada sekarang ini belum layak jadi pemimpin sekadar penghulu Kg jer…

  10. […] Tun Dr. Mahathir himself called for Chin should be investigated in a special tribunal, at a purposed press statement, in his wonderful private office on the Level 86 of Tower One, KLCC, […]

  11. what i see gaza turning to islamic jewish christian hotel resort in 5 yrs time
    treat gaza isreal as a hotel resort
    the philgrim

    swisszerland operation management HIM

    as an operation manager you manage

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