By Pusat KOMAS
The Malaysian Bar went on a “Walk of Justice” to seek the setting up of a Royal Commission over the video clip showing a prominent lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges with a senior judge.
Shouting “Change, Change, Change” and carrying banners that read Bersihkan Badan Kehakiman (Clean up the Judiciary), “No to Corruption” and Rakyat Hakim Negara (The People are the Judge), more than 2,000 lawyers and activists went on a 3.5km march.
Directed by Mien Ly
Produced by Pusat KOMAS
For the Malaysian Bar
The protest march was instigated by Amer Hamzah Arshad, the then Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Committee, Bar Council, through his post on the Malaysian Bar website. Edmund Bon, who was then the Chair of the Committee, and other members pushed from within the Council to go ahead with the walk. The internal debates that ensued were heated. Some members felt that the Council should not break the law. Some felt that the Council should apply for a licence. If the police were to refuse the licence, the walk should then be called off. The Office Bearers were uncertain. The leadership was split. But members of the Bar and the public were clamouring for something drastic to be done. Once the decision was taken, there was no turning back: Proceed with the walk without a licence, and to only notify the police. Immediately, a Bar Council team was formed to plan, orchestrate and manage the protest. Amer and Edmund were part of the operations.