Getting our judicial system right
Akhbar Satar | 01 Feb 2019 00:30
Judging from the comments on social media, anger is percolating among some ordinary citizens that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s day of reckoning has not arrived. This sentiment is understandable, especially against the backdrop of the astonishing and obscene amount of jewellery and cash found at properties linked to the former first couple.
Whatever it is, in our criminal justice administrative system we have to wait for the trial to commence and our principle is that a person is innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Understanding the criminal justice administration system
As regards to the criminal justice administration (CJA) in Malaysia, it involves law enforcement agencies, prosecution and the courts. The law enforcement agencies, amongst others, consist of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Royal Malaysia Police while prosecution is conducted by the Deputy Public Prosecutors (DPPs) from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (A-G Chambers) and judges preside over the court cases. It is best that the investigators investigate, prosecutors prosecute while the trials and sentencing are left to the courts.
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