KUALA LUMPUR: The government has decided to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on recent allegations of misconduct in the judiciary.
“We are setting up the RCI. It is up to them to look into the allegation made by (former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Bakar)," Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters following a visit to the Ministry of Defence here, today.
He added that members of the RCI and its terms of reference will be decided upon at a later date.
In a 63-page affidavit filed on Feb 14 – in support of an application by Sangeet Kaur Deo – justice Hamid Sultan had revealed explosive and detailed information on numerous incidences of alleged judicial interference in the Malaysian judiciary, including in a decision on Karpal Singh’s appeal on sedition charges at the Court of Appeal.
On a separate matter, the Prime Minister responded to claims by Pas that there are attempts to initiate a vote of no confidence against him.
“I will see when there is a vote of no confidence... if Pas will vote (for me) or not," he said.
On Monday, Pas clarified that its expression of support for Dr Mahathir until the 15th general election will be in his capacity as Prime Minister and not as chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah said the decision to announce the support was to “protect” Dr Mahathir from any attempt to topple him or if a vote of no confidence was initiated against him.
Amar said that Pas would ensure that its 18 Members of Parliament would support Dr Mahathir “if anything were to happen to him”. — Reported by Manirajan Ramasamy and Adrian David