Equality is not about being liberal, ex-judge tells former chief justice

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Lawyer Gopal Sri Ram arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 30, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Lawyer Gopal Sri Ram arrives at the Federal Court in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 30, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

A retired Federal Court judge has taken a former chief justice to task for claiming that liberal-minded judges are a threat to Malaysia’s Islamic values as they used Western human rights as a benchmark to administer justice.

Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said it was wrong for Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad to label judges as liberals because those who sat on the bench were required to interpret the law correctly.

“It is a most unfair criticism to level against a Court of Appeal judgment which accorded equality to people different from us, purely on medical reasons,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Sri Ram said this in response to a report in Utusan Malaysia on Monday where Hamid was quoted as saying that the liberal judges had overlooked that the Federal Constitution recognised offences under Islamic law. Read more