|Walk for justice ends with memo submission|
A peaceful ‘Walk for Justice’ organised by the Bar Council ended with the submission of a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department calling for the establishment of a royal commission of inquiry to stem the slide in the judiciary.
Having earlier defied a police order not to march to the office, some 1,500 protesters waited patiently outside for their representatives to hand over the memorandum, braving heavy rain which started about 12.45pm.
The protesters - most of them lawyers - had taken about 30 minutes to reach the building.
They chanted "We want justice" as they marched, holding placards stating "Judiciary has gone to the dogs" and "Judiciary has gone (down) the drain".
A four-member delegation led by Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan then went into the PM's Department to meet with an official.
The protesters, who had gathered at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya this morning, were denied permission by the police to march the 3.5 kilometres to the Prime Minister’s Department to submit the memorandum.
According to eyewitnesses, Putrajaya police chief Supt Abdul Razak Abdul Majid told the protest organisers - the Bar Council - that the march could not proceed due to security reasons.
Bar Council vice-chairperson Ragunath Kesavan confirmed this to Malaysiakini when contacted at the time. He added that they would proceed with the march.
The protesters heard a short speech from Ambiga before starting their march at noon - an hour later than scheduled.
“We walk peacefully and with dignity,” said Ambiga, who added that she was overwhelmed by, and proud of, the good turnout today.
Ambiga said of the inquiry: "It can only be the first step. They can't force the presentation of witnesses or documents."
This morning, seven buses packed with protesters were stopped by police from entering Putrajaya, but the occupants made their way on foot to the Palace of Justice.
When contacted, Abdul Razak said he was busy (on the ground) and was not able to comment.
(Photographs by Malaysiakini and readers YS Low and Fahri Azzat)
| Salmiyah Harun dan Anis Nazri |
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