Judge Dredd?

The news about the judgment on lawyer and former Political Secretary to Prime Minister Matthias Chang from a RM 20,000.00 fine to the jailing for 30 days was just simply shocking. A devout Christian Chang is a litigation lawyer and we are very confident his ability to know where to draw the lines, especially in court.

"I am da-low (the law)!"

We were away overseas for the whole week when the case was heard and we only followed the developments of the case and Chang’s sentencing via e mails, news portal including MSMs’ and smses from friends. This include Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s take on the ‘Judge Dredd’-like behaviour in his latest blog posting of “Contempt”.

However, the e mail we received from his son Christopher Chang this afternoon was equally shocking too. We produced it verbatim for the benefit of bloggosphere readers:

If you look at the Committal Order, it is in Malay. However, do not worry, as Para 1 in summary is just talking about how the Court finds Matthias in contempt of court under Order 52 1(A) of the Rules of the High Court.

Then followed by para 2 – In English – THE CHARGE, which was not even read out to him before he was arrested, under the instigation of the Defendant Counsel (who shouted ARREST HIM! ARREST HIM!) and my father was taken into custody. My father did not leave the Court. In the charge it said “thereafter left the Court during the Court Proceedings.” He was still in COURT!! and the judge ORDERED THE POLICE OFFICER “TANGKAP DIA!” “TANGKAP DIA!” “TAHAN DIA!” which literally means ARREST HIM! ARREST HIM! in Malay, echoing the words of the Defendant Counsel. The charge was only prepared after the Judge ordered the police officer in charge to take him into custody and sent to Basement 2 (Police station/lock-up) of the Court Complex. In any event, Justice Noor Azian said, “You can do what you like.” when my father said that his counsels and him have been abused by her the whole morning, and he will complain to the Chief Justice and will now take leave and retire.

You may not wish to comment on what happened that day. But if you can, please comment on the charge itself as prepared by Justice Noor Azian. and express your views.

I will post them on the website and circulate.

Yours sincerely,

Christopher Chang


Was the charge defective?

If what Matthias Chang claimed that the charge was not read properly and he was still in court where else the charge stated that otherwise is true and as what had actually happened, then a thorough investigation has to be carried out. Malaysians have the right to know whether what had happened to Matthias Chang in Court was proper or not and was there any miscarriage to the process to sought justice.

The stature of the courts to be fair and just and the continuous perception  of such must be maintained for Malaysians to have comprehensive confidence in seeking recourse. It would probably be wise for the YAA Chief Justice himself to personally investigate the matter for the sole purpose of maintaining the integrity and divine perception on the Judiciary of the nation.

Matthias Chang have since went on hunger strike as a sign of ultimate protest to his sentencing. We are very sympathetic to his family, respect his wishes and struggle and we seriously hope that he gets the justice he deserved, as soon as possible so that he could end the strike. He was said to be getting weaker by the day.

God help Matthias Chang. God also should protect the Malaysian Judiciary from any attempt to have a ‘Judge Dredd’: Judge, jury and executioner.

*Updated Monday 5 April 2010 1945hrs

Matthias Chang is getting physically weaker. He was transfered to Serdang Hospital for medical treatment. The fifth day into the hunger strike, it is starting to seriously affect his health. Never the less, he is adamant about being ‘victimised’ by the Judge and is still going ahead to prove his point.

His brother Michael Chang, has visited Matthias in Serdang Hospital, and has issued this statement:

“I understand from the Prison Authorities that Matthias has been transferred to Serdang Hospital as they fear for his health.”

“Matthias is physically weak but is lucid and still determined to carry on his campaign. He is on a drip and will only drink water.”

“I would also like to thank the Pengarah (Director) of Penjara Kajang (Kajang Prison), Tuan Nassif, DSP Basakaran, DSP Mohd Asri and all the prison officers who have extended every courtesy to me and the family.”

Published in: on April 4, 2010 at 18:54  Comments (9)  

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  1. Kalau yg kena ini anwar, pastinya mikel danby dan kawan2 akan buat perarakan bogel (seperti yg pernah dirancang di selangor). Cuma kali ini, yg berbogel hanyalah lelaki!

  2. god save us from yr followers…it god will brother cheang spend sometime inside ,later he may write about his experiences.its god will, may the good lord extend it to another 6 months..rotating around selangor jails. that could be some real life studies ! amen .

    • whazzup bro mccann, this is the christian faith you follow? Or are you trying to smear christianity?

      Sounds like you are the brainless follower of fuckatan riot where justice is only when it was serve on your side.

      Back to the topic, bro Mathiass Chang has been arrested without being charge (oh yeah.. a cooked up charge that came later)… and received ‘judgement’ from the ‘interested party’ in this case. So, how fair is that, judge dredd?

      • Apa Hang Cakap Ni….

        Ada Orang nak bayar Fine supaya dia tak payah masuk Jail Dia tak nak…

        Dia nak masuk Jail Juga dan Sekarang nak Mogok Lapar!

        Dah Nyanyok Agak nya atau Desperate untuk publisiti

      • oo.. begini rupanya prinsip joe black ye! kalau ada org nak bayar, terima ajelah. Buang segala harga diri asalkan ada org nak bayar. Asalkan tak bayar dgn duit sendiri, sayang duit.

        Org masuk jail kerana prinsip la. 20K bukan susah sgt bagi Mathias, tak payah tunggu org lain bayarkan.

        Nyanyok dan desperate utk publisiti? huh! sah, species fuckatan riot yang mengata dulang paku serpih. Tak payah citer banyak. Beruk-beruk pun banyak dok terloncat-loncat kat DUN Perak sehingga hari ini. Brother Mat Leather King tu, lagi tak p ayah citerlah!

  3. I am not a lawyer but a layman. However I am just quires, Is that a norm for a Defendant’s Counsel to make an order and then follow by a Judge? Is that a normal court practice to arrest someone before a sentence or a charge is being read out [contempt proceedings]? Can one asked for leave form the court and the Court said “You can do what you like” and subsequently be charge for Contempt of Court?

    If the answers to the above is “No” and Mr. Chang being charge, that show that it is a true injustice. Hence, we should support what Mr. Chang is doing as a fellow Malaysian. We should uphold justice and fight for injustice. Who on earth is as brave as him or rather so determine? Under these circumstances, what one would do is back off before this mighty Judges and apologized. What is Malaysian bar doing for its members besides collecting subscription. I salute your guts, Mr. Chang and may justice on your side.

  4. AntuChrist,

    Apa Princip yang hang cakap ni!

    Dia Dah Berperangai Hodoh kat Mahkamah…Terima saja lah denda Kerana Perangai Hodoh tu..

    Kalau Orang Datang Rumah Kamu danBuat Kacau Kamu suka ke?

    Hal duit pulak …Dia kan kaya apanak susaj bayar wang denda…Ini Semua Nak Publisiti saja!!

  5. example kamu, “datang rumah dan buat kacau” tak masuk zuk la, Joe black.

    Mathias tak bertandang ke mahkamah. Dia hadir untuk menuntut bicara keadilan di mahkamah. Siapa yg buat kacau ni? Mat leather King kau dulu, hakim tak buat apa-apa pun, nak mintak ditukarkan juga dgn hakim lain. Hakim dlm kes Mathias ni, dah lah suruh tangkap orang sebelum org tu di tuduh. Yang menuduh jatuh hukum pulak tu. Siapa yang buat kacau ni?

    Kalau kamu banyak duit, aku pergi hentam kereta kamu. Kamu pergi hantar bengkel la sebab kamu tu banyak duit. Nak bising-bising buat apa, cari publisiti? Gitu ekk..prinsip kau Joe black?

  6. It would be interesting to see the history of the recent behaviour of the Judge in other cases. Her current psychological state of health should also be reviewed. “Is she sane? Is she prone to outbursts and impaired judgement? What do her colleagues think of her?” would be relevant questions.
    No one is perfect, all the time. Is this a one-off behaviour or is it a recurrent one? The issue is not matthia now. The issue is the Judge herself. And the CJ should have courage to respond.

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