Malaysian Bar troubled by lawyer’s claim that judiciary’s decisions can be influenced

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Lawyer’s purported suggestion that court decisions can be influenced is disgraceful, unethical, misconduct.

The Malaysian Bar says it is “deeply troubled” by news that a lawyer has allegedly suggested that decisions the judiciary made could be influenced.

In a statement today, Malaysian Bar president AG Kalidas said that such purported conduct is disgraceful and unbecoming of a member of the legal community, stressing that the Bar does not tolerate such “unscrupulous and unethical behaviour” as it inevitably tarnishes the good name of the profession.

“We take matters pertaining to the integrity of our members with utmost seriousness,” he said.

“We do not condone such actions; and if it is indeed proven to be true, it is considered misconduct.

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“Such practice, as reported in the news report, does not only sully the good name of the entire legal profession but fundamentally erodes the confidence placed in us by the public as upholders of the law and justice.”

FMT previously reported that a special officer to Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat lodged a police report against a senior lawyer on June 7 for allegedly bringing the judiciary into disrepute.

Sepang district police chief Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusoff said police have started investigations and declined to further comment on the case.

However, sources have told FMT the lawyer apparently sent several text messages to a foreign client with one stating “the path is covered till the CJ”.

It is learned that the messages are in connection with two civil appeals pending before the Court of Appeal.

Wan Kamarul said the investigation is being conducted under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of network facilities, Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation, and Section 504 of the same law for intentional insult to provoke a breach of peace.

Those found guilty under the Communications and Multimedia Act can be fined up to RM50,000 or sentenced to a maximum one-year jail term, or both. Meanwhile, Sections 500 and 504 of the Penal Code impose a jail term of up to two years, a fine or both.

Kalidas said the Malaysian Bar is ready to assist the police if necessary.

“We are committed to ensuring that our justice system is impervious to all undue influence and answerable only to the rule of law,” he said. – FMT