[ UPDATED ] UMNO’s ‘Lingam’ Exposed. Whoa. Watch where you point that thing.

21 09 2007

[ UPDATED ] 070926 . 0430

The Bar Council is marching later this morning to demand a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Case of the Dangling Lingam, which has irreversibly damaged the judiciary even while the tainted Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz bawls for help from de facto Law Minister Nazri ‘the Nazi’ Aziz, thus setting the dishonourable precedent of the Chief of the judiciary subjugating itself to the executive.

[ Ghostline ] sincerely regrets that he cannot be there (his physical avatar is currently manifested in SG) to lend his (meagre) strength to help the Bar Council and fellow citizens lift the Great Lingam from where it has fallen on and crushed the Palace of Justice, but will be there in spirit, walking with the Bar Council and fellow citizens.

Details of the Bar Council march at Zorro’s blog.

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[ UPDATED ] 070922 . 0115

It seems that the Case of the Dangling Lingam has finally stirred up enough trouble (it’s HUGE, it’s obscene, it swings around dangerously and – inconveniently – it keeps pointing at people like Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz…) that even the habitually comatose Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has noticed the indiscretion — no small feat.

The Great Slumberous One has finally broken his elegant silence over the huge judicial scandal to bestow upon the rakyat one of his stock non-answers by flippantly rejecting calls for a Royal Commission of Inquiry and to assure the people instead that the government is investigating.

The person(s) charged with conducting the investigations will likely be the Dubious Duo of IGP Musa Hassan and AG Abdul Gani Patail. It is entirely possible that they will be joined by the Dastardly Duet of Johari Baharom and Nazri Aziz, who may be temporarily seconded from their ongoing crusade against the opposition and civil society advocates of transparency, accountability and free speech in order to lend their brute force assistance to stop the enormous swinging lingam from doing any more damage to the ‘establishment’.

Which, if you do the math, would give us lucky Malaysians a Questionable Quartet in charge of investigating the Mystery of the Dangling Lingam. Hurrah, we’re saved!
Pardon me, dear readers, for stretching the lingam analogy as far as I can. Sometimes you just need to pull (or squeeze) something sensitive to get the attention of a particularly insensitive beast.

(With apologies to all the innocent men named Lingam out there)

[ ORIGINAL POST ]

Ok, that was a bit of a naughty pun on my part. Still outstation but couldn’t resist posting this cheeky post title after seeing the explosive VK Lingam tape, which seems to be the ‘hottest’ topic in the Malaysian Internet community right now, and for good reason.

See, ‘Lingam‘ or ‘linga‘ is actually Sanskrit for ‘phallus’ or ‘penis’, and is usually used in a sacred metaphysical sense – usually in association with or as a symbol of the Hindu god Lord Siva — and by extension — as a symbol of masculinity and virility.

Of course, the ‘Lingam’ exposed in this case is anything but sacred. Check out the not-so-sacred Lingam below, if you haven’t seen it already.

The major civil society bloggers have this issue ‘well-covered’, particularly: Jeff Ooi and Elizabeth Wong.

Check it out, and watch once again as our jelly-spined mainstream media refuses to touch this dirty ‘lingam‘ with a ‘ten-foot pole’ (to quote EW). Fortunately or unfortunately, a dangling lingam tends to attract a lot of attention. As it should. And it’s pointing at the CJ.

Here is the transcript of the entire conversation:

Straight from Malaysiakini:

Transcript of Lingam’s conversation with Ahmad Fairuz
Sep 19, 07 5:39pm Adjust font size:

Below is a transcript of the conversation by senior lawyer VK Lingam in his telephone conversation purportedly with Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, as recorded in an eight-minute video clip.

The CJ (Chief Justice – judiciary No 1 post) said he is relative to now Agong, so he wants to stay on to 68, so… Tengku Adnan, I told Tengku Adnan, yesterday I had a meeting with him.

He said PM is already very angry with him, he said no problem he is going to make you acting err.. confirm your position as PCA (President of Court of Appeal – judiciary No 2), working very hard, then working very hard to get Tan Sri Mokhtar as CJM (Chief Judge of Malaya – judiciary No 3).

Ah, we just keep it confidential. I am working very hard on it.

Then there is a letter, according to Tengku – I am going to see him tomorrow – there is a letter sent to CJ, I mean Tan Sri Dzaiddin, that Datuk Heliliah, Datuk Ramli, Datuk Ramli and Datuk Ma’roop be made judges, and he rejected Dr Andrew Chui and apa itu Zainuddin Ismail lah. Because Zainuddin Ismail condemned your appointment and Tan Sri Mokhtar’s appointment.

And then you also, you seem to write a letter for the remaining five be confirmed as judges. As per our memo I discuss with Tun Eusoff Chin, and we sent the same memo to PM.

I just want to get a copy (of the) letter that that has been done.

And then Tan Sri Dzaiddin said he is going to recommend six people for the Court of Appeal, but until today the letter hasn’t come to PM. He never discuss, but neither he has sent the letter to PM. Yes, he has not sent. I know it is under the constitution for judges all that is your job, Datuk, to send, but we don’t want to make it an issue now.

Ah. Okay. Actually I told Tengku Adnan to inform PM – PM to call you for a meeting. I organise it so that Tengku Adnan will call you directly. And then I got your number, I will tell him to call you directly for you to meet PM lah. So should be okay, then ar.. correct, correct, it is very important that the key players must be there.

Correct, correct, correct, correct, correct. You know that the same problem that Tun Eusoff Chin has. He tried to do all this and yet he has run out of soldiers. He couldn’t do it because many are from the other camp. Last time was unfortunate because Tun Daim was doing everything, sabotaging.

Otherwise, how are things with you – everything is okay? No, don’t worry.

You know sometimes Tan Sri Vincent that half the time they are talking about judiciary rather than doing the work. But if I don’t do this part, my work will be useless.

Ha, ha, ha. Ah, yes. Correct, correct, correct, correct, correct, correct. Right, right, right, correct. Ah, right, susah. You see, he has now up for six Court of Appeal judges, so that he can put his men before he retires.

Correct, correct, correct, ah, and then ah, correct. But never mind, I will do this. I will get Tengku Adnan to arrange for PM to call you and Tan Sri Vincent Tan for PM to call you. And you know why? Actually, I am very grateful with Tan Sri Vincent Tan. You know why? I brainwash you so much even I quarrel with him.

One day, I went to Vincent Tan’s house, I fired him at night in his house. I said bloody hell if you don’t do this, who will do it?

All these people Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, Tan Sri Zainon, all fought for that. Then he called Tengku Adnan. Tengku Adnan, he said saya bukan Perdana Menteri Malaysia lah, you know. If the old man doesn’t want to listen to me, go to hell.

He quarreled with me. I said never mind, never mind, you talk to PM again tomorrow morning to put Datuk Ahmad Fairuz to CJM. So next day morning, he went and he called me back 9.30 that he said PM has already agreed.

So I said never mind, we hope for the best. So I said no harm trying – the worst that it can happen is that you lose. Being the old man, he is 76 years old, he gets whispers everywhere, and then you don’t whisper, he get taken away by the other side. But, now PM is very alert because every time he gets letters from Tan Sri Dzaiddin, he called Tengku Adnan, he said discuss with Vincent – come and discuss.

Yes yes, ya. Correct, correct, ya, but you see although I know PM, I am a lawyer in practice, my views are.. I go through them, I go through them lah. Ah, ah, ah, ah.

And then Dzaiddin will call them telling that you went saw PM and you make a big issue out of it. Oh ya, I think so, I think so.

Okay, fine, fine, fine, fine. Okay, okay, okay, okay.

Ah, ah. Correct, correct. Now I heard Raja Aziz, Raja Aziz two weeks ago spoke to my lawyer Thayalan and another lawyer Ailan in the High Court – they have a case each other. So, Thayalan and Ailan asked Raja Aziz, how is Tan Sri Wan Adnan?

He said he is on his way down. But you know what is the shocking thing he said? Datuk Fairuz became CJM. He overruled everybody. In three months time, he is going be made PCA, and six months time, he is going to be CJ. He said he can’t think, he’s shocked. He told us.

Ha, it seems that they are going to organise a campaign to run you down. But you just keep quite, don’t say anything. Even the press asked, you said I leave it to God, that’s all. Don’t say. I really like your message. You said you work very hard, what can I do? I leave it to God.

That’s the best answer, Datuk, that you can ever be.

Ah… I will also get Tan Sri to remind PM to put a Tan Sri-ship this year lah. This will elevate you, you know.

Oh yes, yes, yes, yes. Ha. Steve Shim got so fast, Tan Sri Chong waited for whole year to get Tan Sri-ship.

Ah.. My God that’s why, ah. Correct, correct, correct, correct. Ya, ya, ya, ya. Right, right, right. Correct, correct.

Don’t worry, we organise this. If Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku Adnan want to meet you privately, they will, I will call you. We organise in a private arrangement, in a very neutral place.

No, don’t worry, Datuk, I know how much you suffer for Tun Eusoff Chin. And Tun said ‘Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, 110 percent loyalty’. We want to make sure our friends are there for the sake of the PM and the sake of the country.

Not for our own interest, not for our own interest. We want to make sure the country come first. Well, you suffered so well, so much you have done. For the election, Wee Choo Keong, everything. How much, nobody would have done all these.

Yes, you know. Good lah. Don’t worry. I am constantly working on this.

Ya, ya, don’t worry, don’t worry. We work hard on this. And Datuk, and then if Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku Adnan want to see you, I will organise it in such a confidential place.

Okay, Datuk, very best. God bless you and your family.

Okay. Thank you, thank you. Bye.


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21 09 2007
Stu

This really is a case of indecent exposure!!
The spin is being concocted already, let us wait and see what, if anything the ACA does. Whitewash is likely being mixed and brushes will be ready to try cover up the corruption, the lies, the deceit, the wickedness and the cronyism . The people need to ensure that there is no way to cover up all the shit, and that heads, figuratively speaking, will roll. The rape and plunder of Malaysia must be stopped.

21 09 2007
Stu

Seen in the Star online version today.
QUOTE
“KUALA TERENGGANU: One imam has been sacked and another may face the same outcome if he is found to be directly involved in the Sept 8 riot in Batu Burok here.

State Islam Hadhari Development and Welfare committee chairman Datuk Rosol Wahid said severe action was meted out against the imam from Kampung Kebun Air, Manir, here as his behaviour was unbecoming.
He said the other imam from Kampung Pak Madah, Alor Limbat, Marang, caught on video shouting at Federal Reserve Unit personnel, during the riot, could face similar punishment.

Rosol said he has strong evidence that the imam was involved in the riot.

Rosol said the imam had misbehaved during the riot and, as a religious man, he should not have conducted himself in such a manner.

“We can’t be lenient on such cases as their actions are unacceptable.

“They should be the one leading the way but these imams are manifesting negative traits while professing beliefs and opinions that they do not hold,” he said.”UNQUOTE

Wow, if such methods and criteria are generally used to weed out the bad hats, then the government machinery (judicial, political and administrative) would be virtually unstaffed!


[ GhL ] :
If these ‘strict’ criteria were applied across the board, the Perak mufti would be one of the first to be booted out.

22 09 2007
Antares

Ha ha, glad you picked up on that priceless Lingam pun, GhostLine. “V.K.”must stand for “Verrry Kasar” I suppose. Guess we were all bloody fools to let ourselves believe for a couple of years that, given sufficient time, the platitude-spouting Pak Lah would succeed in cleaning up the administrative machinery. We’ve gone “a bridge too far” – BN is beyond redemption and has to be decimated… OR Malaysia will keep spiraling downward into a bottomless abyss of indecency and vileness. The disturbing fact remains, though, that the electoral system has been so thoroughly perverted by the Alliance/BN over 50 years we may find ourselves dealing with the sort of electoral fraud that got George W. Bush elected as president TWICE – and once was already worse than tragic!


[ GhL ] :
Welcome back, Antares. 🙂 If not for my own disclaimer, I’d probably have used the more pungent synonyms for ‘lingam’. As it was, that turned out to be a good thing (Malaysiakini picked up on the lingam pun too). In other words, one should never let go of a good analogy (or someone’s indiscreet lingam) once you’ve (seized) one.

We all got fooled by that genial hypocrite. Even an ultra-cynic like me saw in AAB 4 years ago what I hoped to see, not what actually was. Sure as hell won’t be making THAT mistake again. These days, ‘Pak Blah’ is my nickname of choice for this purveyor of platitudes and despot of delusion. One only hopes the current unbroken run of exposed scandals (the longest unbroken run in M’sian history, I dare venture) continues all the way to the election… and that the seething anger on the ground is enough to force meaningful change, even with the perverted electoral system.

Dangling lingams and pregnant chads, anyone? (With sincere apologies to all the innocent men named Lingam out there.)

25 09 2007
Satya

hahahahaha… funny shit man… the lingam pun. though i think you overdid it a bit.

on a more serious note, have you checked out the petition on haris’ blog? for all readers who haven’t, go to

http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2007/09/25/return-the-judiciary-to-the-rakyat-a-petition-to-his-majesty-the-yang-dipertuan-agung/


[ GhL ] :
Hello Satya, yeah, you can only stretch a lingam thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat far. I just signed the petition and will be highlighting it shortly.

1 10 2007
chansey

Just a random thought, I wonder how anybody could film the guy from so close without Lingam noticing something. Conspiracy theory within conspiracy theory, anyone?

[ GhL ] : Good question, chansey. I do indeed have my own conspiracy theory regarding the ‘Lingam tape’. Please note that this is purely conjectural at this time:

Assuming that the video is authentic, which it strongly appears to be:

My theory is that Dr. M himself orchestrated the filming and release of the ‘Lingam tape’.

The video was probably filmed with a small video camera – apparently without the knowledge of VK Lingam – by someone in whose company Lingam was completely comfortable. In other words, it appears that a member of the ‘inner circle’ betrayed Lingam by filming that conversation.

At the time this video was filmed (2002), Dr. M was in the last few months of his reign as PM. VK Lingam is/was Dr. M’s lawyer, and in that capacity would have been enormously influential and been privy to all sorts of confidential information both above and below board.

In the final months before standing down as PM, Dr. M was probably getting increasingly paranoid about the circling sharks in UMNO (as Lingam himself alluded to in the conversation: “…the old man gets whispers everywhere…”) My conjecture is that Dr. M may have begun to suspect that Lingam was powerbroking behind his back – not necessarily in his (Dr. M’s) best interests – and so had one of the inner circle film Lingam in flagrante delicto as ‘evidence’ to be used against him (Lingam) later, if necessary.

This could explain why someone so close and obviously trusted by Lingam betrayed him: the ‘Deep Throat’ had a higher loyalty to Dr. M.

This may also explain the timing of the tape’s emergence: the tape appeared and was released at almost the same time that Dr. M went into surgery for his heart condition; it was uncertain if Dr. M at his advanced age would survive the procedure.

Perhaps Dr. M felt he had nothing to lose by releasing the tape, and by doing so, striking a final blow against the Badawi administration?

1 10 2007
Antares

Brilliantly Byzantine! Yup… some folks still swear by the greasy kid stuff of palace intrigue and our friend Doc Croc was undoubtedly a past master of ever thickening plots. I used to wonder how he could endure being himself – never letting down his guard for an instant, brain overheated from constant scheming. Hope a wee bit of belated wisdom dawns on him before he checks out to try and negotiate with the Keepers of Karma.

[ GhL ] : Gotta hand it to him, if the theory proves to be true. Truly Machiavellian.

2 10 2007
chansey

I think you’re right about this one. Dr. M’s designs should be just as suspect (if not more so) than AAB.

He started the rot in the system, and wants to reappear as the conquering hero who saved M’sia from itself.

Personally though, I don’t give a damn how Dr. M’s reputation turns out as long as whatever he does actually manages to rid the country of the rot he started in the first place, and leaves us with a PROPER system of governance instead of the apppearance of one.

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