Klip video ini telah dirakamkan pada 2002 di kediaman peguam kanan Datuk VK Lingam di Kelana Jaya. Pada masa itu, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah adalah Ketua Hakim Negara. Beliau dilantik pada tahun 2000, menggantikan Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin (1994-2000).
Dzaiddin bersara pada 2003, dan video tersebut menunjukkan Lingam menyuarakan kebimbangannya yang Ketua Hakim yang akan bersara itu mahu melantik 'orang-orangnya' ke jawatan-jawatan tertinggi badan kehakiman. Perbualan itu menyentuh tentang perlunya disegerakan pelantikan Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (ketika itu Hakim Besar Malaya - jawatan No 3), ke jawatan Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan (No 2) dan kemudiannya Ketua Hakim Negara (No 1). Juga terdapat perancangan untuk melantik bekas Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Mokhtar Abdullah, yang ketika itu hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, untuk menggantikan Ahmad Fairuz untuk jawatan No 3.
Untuk berbuat demikian, Lingam turut membabitkan jutawan Tan Sri Vincent Tan, yang rapat dengan Perdana Menteri ketika itu, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, dan Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri ketika itu, untuk menemui Dr Mahathir mengenai pelantikan hakim-hakim.
Ahmad Fairuz dilantik sebagai Presiden Mahkamah Rayuan pada Disember 2002 - beberapa bulan selepas perbualan telefon tersebut. Dzaiddin bersara sebagai Ketua Hakim Negara pada 2003 dan beliau digantikan oleh Ahmad Fairuz. Mokhtar, bagaimanapun, tidak menjawat jawatan No 3 kerana koma selepas terjatuh pada bulan Ogos 2002. Beliau meninggal dunia pada 2003. Tempoh perkhidmatan Ahmad Fairuz' sebagai Ketua Hakim Negara akanberakhir pada bulan Oktober 2007. Suntingan dari sini
Draft Transcript between Lawyer VK Lingam with Tun Ahmad Fairuz (then Datuk Fairuz and Chief Judge of Malaya – No 3 in the hierarchy ) :
“The Chief Justice said he is relative to now Agong, so he wants to stay on to 68, so, Tengku Adnan (Mansour), I told Tengku Adnan, yesterday I had a meeting with him.
He said Prime minister (Mahathir) is already very angry with him, he said no problem he is going to make you…confirm your position as PCA, working very hard then working very hard to get Tan Sri Mokhtar as Chief Justice of Malaya.
Ah, we just keep it confidential. I am working very hard on it. Then there is a letter, according to Tengku, I am going to see him tomorrow, there is a letter sent to Chief Justice, I mean Tan Sri Dzaiddin, that Datuk Heliliah, Datuk Ramli, Datuk Ramli and Datuk Ma’roop be made judges, and he rejected Dr Andrew Chui and apa itu Zainuddin Ismail lah. Because Zainuddin Ismail condemned your appointment and Tan Sri Mokhtar’s appointment.
And then you also, you seem to wrote a letter for the remaining five be confirmed as judges. As per our memo I discuss with Tun Eusoff Chin and we sent the same memo to PM. I just want to get a copy letter that that has been done.
And then Tan Sri Dzaiddin said he is going to recommend six people for the court of appeal, but until today the letter hasn’t come to PM. He never discussed, but neither he has sent the letter to PM. Yes he has not sent. I know it is under the constitution for judges all that is your job Datuk to send, but we don’t want to make it an issue now.
Ah. Ok Actually I told Tengku Adnan to inform PM, PM to call you for a meeting. I organize it so that Tengku Adnan will call you directly. And then I got your number, I will tell him to call you directly to for you to meet PM lah. So should be ok, then ar.. correct correct, it is very important that the key players must be there.
Correct correct. Correct. You know that the same problem that Tun Eusoff Chin has. He tried to do all this and yet he has run out of soldiers. He couldn’t do it because many are from the other camp. Last time was unfortunate because Tun Daim was doing everything sabotaging, otherwise how are things with you - everything is ok?. No, don’t worry. You know sometimes Tan Sri Vincent that half the time they are talking about judiciary rather than doing the work. But if I don’t do this part my work will be useless.
Ha ha ha. Ah yes. Correct correct correct correct. correct. Ah right susah. You see he has now up for six court of appeal judges, so that he can put his men before he retires.
Correct correct correct, ah and then ah, correct. But never-mind, I will do this, I will get Tengku Adnan to arrange for PM to call you and Tan Sri Vincent Tan for PM to call you. And you know why, actually, I am very grateful with Tan Sri Vincent Tan you know why, I brainwash you so much even I quarrel with him. One day I went to Vincent Tan house, I fire him at the night in his house. I said very hell if you don’t do this who will do it?
All these people Tun Eusoff Chin, Datuk Ahmad Fairuz, Tan Sri Zainon all fought for that. Then he called Tengku Adnan. Tengku Adnan he said, saya bukan Perdana Menteri Malaysia lah, you know. If the old man doesn’t want to listen to me, go to hell.
He quarreled with me. I said never mind, never mind, you talk to PM again tomorrow morning to put Datuk Ahmad Fairuz to CJM. So next day morning he went and he called me back 9.30 that he said PM has already agreed. So I said never mind, we hope for the best. So I said no harm trying, the worst that it can happen is that you lose. Being the old man, (Mahathir) is 76 years old, he gets whispers everywhere, and then you don’t whisper, he get taken away by the other side. But, now PM is very alert because every time he gets letters from Tan Sri Zaidin, he called Tengku Adnan, he said discuss with Vincent, come and discuss.
Yes yes, ya. Correct correct, ya, but you see although I know PM, I am a lawyer in practice my views are.. I go through them, I go through them lah. Ah ah ah ah.
And then Zaidin will call them telling that you went saw PM and you make a big issue out of it. Oh ya, I think so, I think so.
Ok, fine fine fine fine ok ok ok ok
Ah ah correct correct. Now I heard Raja Aziz, Raja Aziz huh, spoke to my lawyer Thayalan, and another lawyer Ailan, in the high court, they have a case each other. So, Thayalan and Ailan asked Raja Aziz, how is Tan Sri Wan Adnan?
He said he is on his way down. But you know what is the shocking thing he said? Datuk Fairuz became CJM. He overruled everybody, in three months time, he is going be made VCA, and 6 months time he is going to be CJ. He said he cant think he shocked. He told us.
Ha, it seems that they are going to organize a campaign to run you down. But you just keep quite don’t say anything. Even the press asked, you said I leave it to God, that’s all. Don’t say. I really like your message. You said you work very hard, what can I do? I leave it to God. That’s the best answer datuk that you can ever be.
Ah… I will also get Tan Sri to remind PM to put a Tan Sri ship this year lah. This will elevate you, you know.
Oh yes yes yes yes. ha. XX got so fast, Tan Sri Chong waited for whole year to get Tan Sri Ship.
Ah.. My god that’s why, ah. Correct ya ya ya ya right right right correct correct
Don’t worry, we organize this. If Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku Adnan want to meet you privately, they will, I will call you. We organize in a private arrangement, in a very unusual place.
No don’t worry, Datuk, I know how much you suffer for Tun Eusoff Chin. And Tun said Datuk Ahmad Fairuz 110% loyalty. We want to make sure our friends are there for the sake of the PM and the sake of the country.
Not for our own interest, not for our own interest. We want to make sure the country comes first. Well, you suffered so well, so much you have done. For the election, Wee Choo Keong, everything. How much, no body would have done all these.
Yes, you know. Good lah. Don’t worry. I am constantly working on this.
Ya ya, don’t worry don’t worry. We work hard on this. And Datuk, and then if Tan Sri Vincent and Tengku Adnan want to see you, I will organize it in such a confidential place.
Ok Datuk very best. God bless you and your family.
Ok. Thank you thank you. Bye.
Satelah menonton video dan meneliti transcrip perbualan tersebut, tentu sekali akan membuatkan kita tertanya-tanya sendiri :
Apa akan jadi dengan Malaysia? Lihatlah rakaman perbualan antara seorang peguam bernama VK Lingham dan Ahmad Fairuz yang melibatkan Vincent Tan dan Tengku Adnan dalam skendal perlantikan hakim-hakim Negara .
Kita sudahlah berserabut dengan pelbagai kes yang sangat mengaibkan . Kita ada kes PM Kaki Tidor dengan skendal ‘Oil for Food’ , kes bekas Ketua Pengarah BPR Zulkifli Mat Noor , yang diadukan melakukan rasuah dan perkosaan keatas seorang wanita , kes rasuah Ketua Polis Negara Musa Hasan yang diadukan sendiri oleh Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri ; dan yang terbaru tentang Ketua Hakim Negara , Ahmad Fairuz !
Mereka semua mempunyai tanggung jawab yang sangat besar dan sangat penting untuk menjamin keselamatan , keadilan dan kesejahteraan rakyat jelata ; masihkah kita reda untuk terus ditipu oleh kerajaan yang ada sekarang? Gunakan peluang yang ada dalam pilihan raya kelak untuk merubah keadaan ini . Kita sudah terlalu lama dijajah oleh orang kita sendiri yang tidak amanah terhadap bangsa , agama dan Negara.
Lihat sini untuk Surat Lim Kit Siang Kpd PM .