Beyond the Headlines: Judiciary threats, WOW factor, 2024 real estate outlook [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: In the latest episode of Beyond the Headlines, the spotlight is on Malaysia's Judiciary after facing criticism and concerns raised about its independence.

This comes after public outcry against the Attorney-General's Chambers over the repeated discharge of high-profile politicians, which prompted scrutiny of the integrity of government powers.

Reactions from Lawyers for Liberty for example added more fuel to the fire after its director Zaid Malek expressed disappointment over a statement made by Attorney General (A-G) Datuk Ahmad Terrirudin Mohd Salleh at the opening ceremony of the legal year.

It led to Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat reminding the lower courts to adhere to the precedents established by the higher courts.

Senior lawyer Datuk Sri Dr Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos joined the panel to discuss the role of the prosecution and the rationale behind Tengku Maimun stern reminder against any attempts to externally influence or to undermine public confidence in the Judiciary is an aberration to the Rule of Law.

Separately, the property market forecast for the year appears bullish, offering reassurance to investors.

The industry is gradually recovering from the pandemic, although some factors still hinder rapid progress.

However, the outlook is not so bleak, said business and real estate strategist Previndran Singhe as there are initiatives that aim to benefit both buyers and sellers, enhancing the investment climate.

The task force on abandoned projects has successfully revived numerous developments. With these improvements, Malaysia may become more attractive to foreign investors, with specific property sectors experiencing increased demand.

This episode of 'Beyond the Headlines' was recorded on Jan 18.

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