Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has denied anybody approached her or other judges on the matter of Muhyiddin Yassin’s allegation of attempted judicial interference.
The nation’s top judge (above) said this in relation to the former prime minister’s claim, made during a televised speech on Aug 4 last year that some people wanted him to interfere in court proceedings.
The then embattled prime minister Muhyiddin claimed that his critics were "uncomfortable" with him because he refused to accede to their demands, including interfering with the courts.
He said that there were appeals for him to interfere in court matters to free several individuals who were being charged with criminal acts. However, he did not name these individuals.
Muhyiddin's televised address was held just after his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the same morning (Aug 4, 2021). He also gave his assurance as the prime minister, he would prove his legitimacy when Parliament reconvened in the last year.
During a press conference held on the sidelines of the 2022 Legal Year at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today, Tengku Maimun emphatically denied that she or her colleagues have ever been approached by any quarters for such alleged judicial interference.
'Judges perform without fear or favour'
“We heard about it from the television, of the former PM (Muhyiddin) claiming he was approached, but none of us here has been approached.
“People know that judges decide based on evidence, we cannot get away from that core principle.
“What I can say is nobody contacted me, nor others here, to seek help (in court cases,” Tengku Maimun added.
As for social media postings in relation to high profile court cases, such as the 1MDB-related ones against former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, the nation’s top judge gave her assurance that the people are entitled to their views and that the judiciary would continue to make court verdicts in accordance with the laws.
She said that regardless of what was posted online, judges continued to perform their duty without fear or favour.
“The public (online) are entitled to their views while we (the judiciary) decide (on court cases) in accordance to the law,” Tengku Maimun said.