2. The startled party and party officials suddenly found Zaid appointed as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for law. They were puzzled by Abdullah’s choice. But then it is not so unexpected after all because he appointed another campaigner for PAS as Deputy Minister, and a man with dubious past as Senator and Minister.
3. The moment Zaid was appointed he went to town. Apparently without bothering to consult the Cabinet or the Prime Minister he publicly proposed so-called legal and judicial reforms. He proposed that judges should be appointed by a panel on which sit several members of the Bar Council. He did not think it odd that members of the bar would in the course of their work be facing the judges they appointed. I suppose he thinks that it will be alright because gratefulness is not a Malaysian value.
5. In the past if the candidate was rejected by the Agong only the Prime Minister would know about it. But with Zaid’s proposal rejection by the Agong can result in a public scandal.
6. The Bar Council would want to know why. If the explanation is not forthcoming then the Bar will organise a forum to debate whether their candidate can be rejected by whomever. The findings of such a debate would show that no one, absolutely no one can reject the Bar with impunity.
7. Zaid also resurrected the case of Tun Salleh Abbas. The Government then decided to award ex-gratia payments to the “unfortunate” judges although all the judges were being paid two pensions and one at least was being paid three pensions. They were obviously not starving.
8. True to the Government record of being open and transparent the amount paid is not revealed. I wonder whether the money came from Zaid’s pocket or from the taxes paid by the rakyat.
9. Now of course Zaid has resigned and is aligned with the opposition over the detention under the ISA of Teresa Kok.
10. People accuse me of making wrong choices but in the case of Zaid it looks like the current PM has inherited my weakness.
11. One can afford to have principles when one is rich and does not have to depend on the small allowance of a Minister.
12. My deep respect for this one Minister who seem unconcerned about his allowances.
13. Incidentally former Minister, Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir also resigned but he did not have a very big and profitable law practice.