Thursday, November 6, 2008
RM10.5 Million Paid to 5 Former Judges
As reported in the Malaysian Bar website today: -
The government had paid out RM10.5 million in ex-gratia payment to the five former judges who were tribunalised for alleged judicial misconduct. Former Lord Presiident Tun Salleh Abas alone received RM5 million, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat.
I am not here disputing the fact that payment had been made to the judges, if at all the government thought that was the best thing to do. But I was puzzled when there was such an understanding between the government and the judges/their families not to disclose the amount paid to the public. They must remember that whatever payment that were made was using the public's fund, i.e. your money and my money and why on earth we should not know the figure?
And now it has been made public that the 5 former judges were paid in total of RM10.5 million with Tun Salleh Abas alone received RM5 million, which means the other 4 judges received a total of RM5.5 million. It is not sufficed for the government to just telling us the final figure. We have every right to know how did the government arrived at that figure? Bearing in mind that those judges were all paid their pension by the government.
I am hoping that the government will come clear on this or at least for some MPs, opposition or the ruling party to urge the government to disclose the formula.