Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Judge's Contradictions

The Sodomy II written judgment was finally released on Tuesday. Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah had ruled that Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan’s sodomy accusations against Anwar Ibrahim were uncorroborated and that a conviction based solely on the accuser’s testimony would have been unsafe. This sharply contradicted with his own findings at the end of the prosecution case last year when he proclaimed that Mohd Saiful was credible and that the evidence was likewise reliable!

Even the judge’s decision to ask Anwar to enter his defence on May 16, 2011 meant that he himself had concluded there was a prima facie case against the latter. Very strangely, the judge’s ruling back then was based on Mohd Saiful’s testimony as well as lab findings of government chemists, the same reasons for Anwar’s acquittal.

Yup, all this seems pretty confusing. But then, this is Malaysia! Anyway, take heart that (1) there was never a case against Anwar, (2) the quality of judges is similar to the quality of UMNO-BN politicians in that they flip-flop as and when convenient to do so, and (3) this farce of a case proves that the government is morally bankrupt; that it had lost its credibility and its marbles when it tried to go after Anwar.

Last evening, I was at Bukit Jalil for the AFC Toastmasters meeting. I was the Grammarian. There was a good crowd and their high energy level powered the meeting from beginning to end. I would give this meeting a score of a 7 out of a 10 – and that's because we started late by seven minutes. Still, I enjoyed the meeting.

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