15 January 2019
Former Chief Justice, Abdul Hamid Mohamad, was (and still is) one of hardcore supporters of Najib Razak. He was such a fanatic fan of the former prime minister that two days before the May 9 general election last year, he condemned Mahathir for not only out to topple Najib, but also wanted to destroy UMNO without taking into account the welfare and future of the Malays.
Now, even after 8 months his idol – crook and traitor Najib Razak – was defeated and slapped with a whopping 39 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of power, Abdul Hamid’s frustration appears to have reached the point of no return. On Friday (Jan 11), the former Chief Justice snapped and went ballistic.
First, the senile Abdul Hamid claimed Mahathir Mohamad, in his hurry to be the next prime minister, had gone to the palace uninvited and asked to be sworn into office late in the night of May 9, the same day the country’s 14th general election was held. Exactly how could the 93-year-old Mahathir quietly be driven to the palace without hundreds of reporters knowing, is beyond comprehension.
Second, the scumbag Abdul Hamid claimed the Agong (now former King, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan) has made many mistakes, amongst them are unconstitutionally pardoning Anwar and contempt of court. Yes, the former Chief Justice has accused the former King of incompetency – even mocked the monarch that the best way was to abdicate the throne.
Because the former King had committed contempt of court, Abdul Hamid, who thought very highly of himself, was basically suggesting that the Malay Ruler should be arrested and charged. He said – “It is even worse that His Majesty told Anwar that he is being pardoned because of the injustice inflicted upon him. This will demoralise the courts, the prosecutors and the police because it implies that they were a tool of the previous government.”
That was as good as calling the former King a dictator like Adolf Hitler or Kim Jong-un – usurping the power of the judiciary and reducing the Royal Malaysia Police to a pariah institution. Abdul Hamid has also given an impression that Sultan Muhammad V was so weak and retarded that he had become a puppet of PM Mahathir and PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.
Third, the arrogant Abdul Hamid criticised the former King for supposedly conducting swearing-in ceremonies out of office hours. He gave examples – Mohd Rauf Sharif (chief justice) and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin (president of the Court of Appeal) and the latest Richard Malanjum (chief Justice) – all of whom swearing-in were conducted at night at the palace.
Criticising the former King, the former top judge said – “This is an official function of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (King) and should be taken seriously. It should be done during office hours.” Did Abdul Hamid just reveal that the former King was pre-occupied with too much “unofficial” extra-curricular activity during daytime that the monarch was forced to perform his duty only at night?
So far, the police have been quiet about Abdul Hamid’s blatant insults on the Monarchy. Sure, he has apologised but so did Facebook user Eric Liew Chee Ling. And why social media users like Eric Liew, Azham Akhtar Abdullah and Nur Alia Astaman were arrested and charged under the Sedition Act 1948, but not former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad?
13 January 2019
Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad has apologised to Dr Mahathir Mohamad for claiming that the latter had gone to the Istana Negara uninvited on May 9 in an attempt to be sworn in as prime minister.
This follows a denial by the Prime Minister’s Office’s on the matter.
“I acknowledge that I have made a mistake of facts, and comments arising from the mistake of facts, in writing that article.
“I acknowledge that it was due to my own negligence and I offer no excuses for mistake. I am fully responsible for it.
“I humbly and regretfully apologise to Mahathir for the mistake, and any negative perception of him caused by the mistake and comments.
“I also extend my humble apologies to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if there is any mistake of facts involving him in the article although, to date, no one has pointed it out,” he said in a blog posting today.
Hamid said he had made corrections to his original article, and urged those who shared the original to either delete it or replace it with the updated version.
11 January 2019
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not go to Istana Negara (above) late in the night of May 9, the day of the 14th general election, his office said today.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) clarified this after the former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad claimed that Mahathir had gone to the palace uninvited and asked to be sworn into office.
“(The) PMO would like to clarify that Hamid’s claim is baseless and there was no attempt by Mahathir to go to the Istana that night. He went to Istana only in the late afternoon the next day for the oath-taking ceremony,” it said.
Hamid had written an article on the supposed mistakes made by Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V during the latter’s reign as the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Among others, he claimed that Mahathir had gone to the palace on the night of May 9 as soon as results showed that Pakatan Harapan had won a simple majority in Parliament.
He claimed that Mahathir was in a hurry to be sworn in out of fear that he could lose the majority due to defections amongst the newly-elected MPs.
“To me, it is embarrassing for a future prime minister to go uninvited at night, perhaps waking up the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong if he was asleep to swear him in as prime minister.
“Secondly, the Agong should not be seen to be working under duress. His Majesty has the prerogative to satisfy himself who has the majority support amongst the newly-elected MPs,” he wrote.
Hamid’s article was published on his personal blog on Wednesday and by Umno Online today.