“This tape is solid evidence.
He (Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi) has become an embarrassment to the judiciary.
I would prefer if he voluntarily resigns. If he fails to do so, the Conference of Rulers should withdraw their consent for him to be made the chief justice.
A man who is corrupted will decide on who will be a judge.
I challenge the chief justice to deny what I said.”
-Karpal Singh ,MP Gelugor
An audio recording showed Chief Justice Tan Sri Zaki Azmi admitting he had engaged in bribery. The recording is claimed to have been made when Zaki was in Kuching last November.
DAP’s member of parliament for Gelugor, Karpal Singh today played the audio recording for reporters in the lobby of the parliament building.
The cassette tape recording played for reporters was not very clear but in general appeared to be consistent with the words contained in the NST report.
According to a 8 November 2008 report in the New Straits Times (NST), Zaki was reported to have said in Kuching: “
It took me six months to be nice, to bribe each and every individual to get back into their good books before our files were attended to. That was my personal experience. I am telling this to all the clerks and all the registries to stop this nonsense.”On the same day that the NST story was published, Zaki issued a clarification that said:
“Your reporter must have interpreted what I said which is during that period there was corruption in order to get things done at the court registry, as I myself having done it. I have never in my life bribed or received any bribe.”Karpal called the clarification a lie and inconsistent with the audio recording.
Karpal declined to reveal the source who provided the tape recording.
The DAP chairman also questioned Zaki’s appointment as head of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). “A man who is corrupted will decide on who will be a judge,” he said. “I challenge the chief justice to deny what I said.”
He also complained that the police have not taken any action on a police report that he lodged. “Within 2 days of police reports made against me, the police came looking for me. Why the double standards?”
Karpal called on the police to take his statement so that he can submit the audio tape as evidence.