Sunday, June 30, 2013

Judge in Kugan's Case Retires

Two days after Kuala Lumpur High Court judge VT Singham delivered a damning indictment on the government's handling of custodial deaths, in particular, the A Kugan case – and having served thirteen years on the bench, he retired at the age of 65. This was supposedly his personal decision. .[Normally, judges, including those in the Federal Court, can serve on the bench until they are 66, which is the compulsory retiring age].

I sincerely hope that Justice Singham was not pressured to quit. If he is really leaving on his own accord, the government should reject his resignation because the country desperately needs principled judges like him.

Khalid Abu Bakar, the present Inspector-General of Police, should know that his position is untenable because of Singham’s judgment. If he has any sense of shame, then he should resign immediately. Will you, Khalid? In any case, Malaysians are not holding their breaths.

Yesterday, I was in Jalan Ampang to attend the MIMKL Toastmasters meeting. Again, I managed to secure a speaking slot because somebody pulled out late Friday evening. I spoke on “Born to Die” which is CC speech #6 and I was even voted Best Assignment Speaker. It was a pretty laidback meeting and the energy level was just so-so. I would score this meeting a 7 over 10.

I was also at the Division B Council meeting where I passed the baton to my successor, CIMA Malaysia Toastmasters Club’s Jerusha Sivaratnam. In the 2012-2013 term, I was the Assistant Division Governor Marketing. I was satisfied that I assisted Meyyappa Manickam (Division B Governor) to charter two new clubs, Gamuda and eCEOs.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Khalid Abu Bakar Responsible for Kugan's Death

In a landmark ruling which saw the family of A Kugan winning RM801,700 in damages, High Court judge VT Singham said Wednesday that former Selangor police chief and now the IGP Khalid Abu Bakar (above pic) was liable to misfeasance of public office. In plain English, it means that he is responsible in the death of Kugan. Justice Singham found the police and the Government liable for Kugan’s death from grievous injuries at the Taipan police station on January 20, 2009. He also said that custodial death was a serious crime.

[On January 13, last year, Kugan’s mother, N Indra had filed a RM100 million suit seeking damages over alleged negligence, assault, false imprisonment and misfeasance of public office as well as breach of statutory duties].

Khalid had never clarified the cause of death to the media after giving a statement on January 21, 2009 that Kugan had died due to water in his lungs. Khalid had claimed that the policemen did not contravene any regulations in conducting their interrogation on Kugan but had not convened a formal departmental inquiry over Kugan’s custodial death. Khalid also failed to comply with the direction by the Attorney-General to open up investigations for murder.

“The court wishes to state that no person being in any position, status or rank when testifying in court should take this court for granted and attempt to suppress the truth to escape liability,” Justice Singham added.

Simply put, Kugan was not only tortured but murdered. He had sustained 45 categories of external injuries on his body and a wide range of internal injuries and these spoke volumes of what had happened during his seven-day detention.

Photos of the Marketing Research Poster Exhibition that was held today:

 I was on the judging panel.

An Ikea Lesson

A good retailing tip:

MKT2074/DMK2033 Marketing research students at SUBS preparing for their Poster Exhibition, to commence at 2:30 PM today :

This is also an excellent platform for big boys to show off their toys!