Probe on two judges ongoing

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) investigations on two serving judges are ongoing, said Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong.

"We are informed that investigations are ongoing ... the Bar will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities and assist Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria with regard to the two complaints."

He said this when asked for an update on his predecessor Lim Chee Wee's reports to the MACC on Jan 18 about potential cases involving two High Court judges.

This was in light of the arrest last week of Akil Mochtar, Chief Justice of Indonesia's Constitutional Court.

According to wire reports, Akil was arrested at his home in Jakarta on Wednesday just after a businessman and lawmaker allegedly handed him around US$300,000 (RM954,450).

Leong said the events in Indonesia underscored the importance of the qualities of honesty, integrity and independence as being essential in judges.

He added, however, that "even the best of us are fallible, depending on the circumstances.

"It just means we have to be mindful during the appointment and promotion of judges to ensure the honesty of each judge is beyond question, that they have unimpeachable character and irreproachable integrity."

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