The claim by Gopal Sri Ram that Daim Zainuddin had met Chief Justice (CJ) Md Raus Sharif and President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin recently to demand their resignations is a serious one which merits comment (FMT, “Sri Ram to Daim: Not your place to call up top judges, 10.6.2018).
Such an action by Daim, if true, cannot be condoned and I am in agreement with Sri Ram that Daim ought not interfere in such matters as he has absolutely no standing to do so.
I have always been of the view that the appointments of Raus and Zulkefli as CJ and PCA respectively are unconstitutional and have offered my reasons for this in the past and do not wish to repeat the same here.
However, the removal of Raus and Zulkefli must be in accordance with the rule of law and Daim’s involvement in this (if true) is certainly contrary to the said rule of law.
The perception that there might be meddling (particularly from parties seen to be close to the government) in the appointment or removal of the CJ and PCA must be avoided at all costs and Daim should know better than to get involved in it (assuming the claim by Sri Ram is true) which may well give rise to such perception.
The matter has already been heard in the Federal Court and is now pending decision.
The Federal Court should fix a date for decision of the same as soon as possible in light of the fact that the matter is quite obviously one of urgency which needs to be resolved quickly in the interests of justice.