77 NGOs demand apology from Dr M over Ops Lalang

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: A group of 77 NGOs are demanding an apology from former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the arrests of 106 people and the closure of three newspapers during Operasi Lalang 30 years ago.

“We demand a public apology and a sincere expression of remorse from Dr Mahathir for depriving so many innocent Malaysians of their freedom and the torture they went through during Operasi Lalang,” it said in a statement on Saturday.

The group added that Dr Mahathir must apologise for the “assault” on the Malaysian judiciary in 1988, which saw the removal of former lord president Tun Salleh Abas and other Supreme Court judges.

“Dr Mahathir owes an apology not only to all the victims of Operasi Lalang, but also to the former Lord President and the Supreme Court judges that he sacked in 1988,” it said.
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Removal of judicial power: Don’t blame me, says Dr Mahathir

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today insisted he was not behind the removal of the judicial power of the courts.

Instead, Dr Mahathir said, the complaint came from higher up.

“I’ve explained this. But of course people still insist that it was because of me that the Lord President and judges were removed. It was not me,” he said at a press conference at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) headquarters today.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a recent allegation by retired judge Gopal Sri Ram that he and former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman were behind the amendment to the Federal Constitution in 1988, which removed the judicial power of the courts. Read more

Ex-AG: Not true that I ran to PM after losing cases

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A former attorney-general has dismissed a suggestion by a retired judge that he made complaints to then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the courts ruled against the government.

“How did he (retired Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram) come to know of that? He must be dreaming,” Abu Talib Othman said.

Abu Talib said Sri Ram was not telling the truth and “it is typical of him wanting to have recognition of his standing”.

“I did not complain to the prime minister each and every time the government lost a case,” he told FMT. Read more