DAP chairman Karpal Singh has lodged a police report against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over his remark that certain judges had approached the former Prime Minister to lobby for promotion.
He said any judge seeking promotion, or anyone who had lobbied Dr Mahathir to be appointed a judge, had committed an offence under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.
“Dr Mahathir himself may have fallen foul of Section 17 of the Act for not having lodged a police report on the overtures of the judges or persons concerned.
“I raised this matter in Parliament on Thursday and even Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nazri Aziz agreed that such acts could amount to corruption,” he told reporters before lodging the police report at the state police contingent headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.
On May 17, Dr Mahathir was reported as saying that he was prepared to be charged in court so that he could reveal many things about the judiciary, including lobbying.
He also said that he wanted to reveal about judges who had come to him to lobby, adding that if lobbying were wrong, then these judges should be investigated.
Karpal Singh added the report was lodged in the hope that the police would investigate thoroughly Dr Mahathir’s allegation.
He said it was important to identify and prosecute the judges and persons concerned, as it would be wrong to allow the matter to lie as “innocent judges will be tainted with the same brush”.
He added that Dr Mahathir’s allegation had brought the judiciary into disrepute, adding that lobbying for promotion is an affront to the rule of law.