It was a dinner for lawyers and friends, graced by former judges, and the guest of honour was the Prime Minister.
Turning to former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas, Tan Sri Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin, Datuk George Seah, the families of the late Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Pawan Teh and Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader - the Prime Minister said, the Government wanted to recognise “their commitment towards upholding justice and to acknowledge the pain and loss they have endured.”
“For me and for many other Malaysians, these towering judicial personalities represent a very different era for the nation’s judiciary. Many feel that the judiciary then was a venerable institution that could be trusted to deliver justice. “Some even hailed Malaysia’s judiciary as a model for other countries – independent and credible."
Abdullah also announced goodwill ex gratia payments to the six sacked judges and their surviving families as recognition of their contribution, but quickly added:
“I do not presume to equate your contributions, pain and loss with mere currency, but I hope that you can accept this as a heartfelt and sincere gesture to mend what has been.”At the end of his speech entitled Delivering Justice, Renewing Trust, Abdullah was given a standing ovation. Among those who got off his seat first was Salleh, who shook the Prime Minister’s hand warmly as he got down from the stage.
---------------p/s: Pak Lah, we salute you. I still remember my late father was cried on listening to the news that Tun Salleh was sacked 20 years ago and I couldn't comprehend why he was so emotional then. When he bought us a book, written by Tun Salleh titled "Singa di bawah tahta dijerat/ May Day For Justice", then only I understand how daring is our Ex-PM to be in control of everything.
Just now on TV2 Midnite news, Tun Salleh Said to the reporters "..Thank God, He had answered my prayer".