Three named to study videoclip report
By ELIZABETH LOOI and LEE YUK PENG
KUALA LUMPUR: Three senior ministers have been appointed to study the three-man panel's report on the videoclip that showed a lawyer brokering judges’ appointments in a phone conversation.
The three, appointed by the Prime Minister, are Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Nazri said they were given the task by the Cabinet due to their legal background and also because all three had been in charge of law affairs in their ministerial portfolios.
They would recommend the appropriate action to be taken at the next Cabinet meeting next Wednesday.
The Cabinet had also decided that each minister be given a copy of the report.
Nazri also said the three-man panel had submitted the report to the Chief Secretary, who in turn briefed the Cabinet on Wednesday.
“I can only tell you that the Cabinet was briefed but I can’t tell you what we were briefed on,” he said.
On talk that the panel had recommended the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, Nazri said he would have to read the report first.
The panel, comprising former Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar, was formed on Sept 25 to investigate the authenticity of the videoclip. It completed its report on Nov 6.
Royal Comissions? Fat chance!