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Posted on: February 12, 2008

Explosive revelations against Lingam
Soon Li Tsin | Feb 12, 08 6:30pm


A former secretary of lawyer VK Lingam stunned the courtroom with explosive revelations against her ex-boss at the royal commission inquiry today.

vk lingam royal commission 120208 jayanthiIn her statutory declaration, GN Jayanthi, 45, said she had stayed until 3am in Lingam’s office to draft a judgment which eventually became the landmark decision read by High Court judge Mokhtar Sidin in the Vincent Tan vs MGG Pillai defamation suit. This, she said, occurred between November and early December 1994.

Lingam was representing Tan, a business tycoon, in the RM10 million suit.

Jayanthi said she ‘vividly remembers’ how Lingam dictated a draft judgment from some handwritten notes while another staff J Sumanti typed it out.

“Lingam then corrected the pages with red ink. Sumanti then did the corrections and made a copy of the said judgment in a floppy disk that was to be given to Mokhtar Sidin.

“I later discovered the judgment written by Lingam was fully incorporated as the official judgment by the said judge,” she said.

She stressed that Lingam was assisted by his brother V Sivaparanjothi, lawyer Adam Bachek and former Industrial Court chairperson W Satchithanandan that night.

During questioning by deputy public prosecutor Nordin Hassan, Jayanthi revealed that she had booked the flight tickets for both Lingam and former chief justice Eusoff Chin for their infamous New Zealand holiday in late 1994.

She said she had planned the holiday based on handwritten itineraries from the tour agencies acting for them.

Upon Lingam’s return from the trip, Jayanthi was given three rolls of film from the vacation to process of which one was never collected by Lingam.

It was these photos as well as the ticket stubs and itineraries that Jayanthi had passed to senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

‘Dangerous and revengeful’

She told the court that Satchithanandan had warned her that Lingam was a ‘dangerous and revengeful person’.

lingam tape hearing 300108 vk lingam 01According to Jayanthi, the Penang-based lawyer was unhappy that Lingam (photo) had recommended former High Court judge KL Rekhraj as a judicial commissioner and not Satchithanandan.

“Satchi complained to me that Lingam did not keep his word of recommending him to be appointed as judicial commissioner to the chief justice, despite the fact that it was he who initially introduced Lingam to the chief justice (Eusoff),” she said.

Meanwhile, Jayanthi also revealed that the Anti-Corruption Agency had informed her in 1998 that the corruption investigation concerning Lingam was closed because ‘too many high profile officials were involved’.

She was also given RM3,000 by ACA which she accepted. She, however, could not tell the court why the money was given to her.

‘Not concerned with corruption’

Throughout the proceedings, commission chairperson Haidar Mohd Noor kept interrupting Muhammad Shafee from questioning Jayanthi on receipts of flowers and cakes allegedly sent by Lingam to various judges which was organised by the former secretary.

“We are not concerned with corruption. We want to see which parties are involved and we are only investigating into the closeness of the lawyer apparently brokering appointments with judges,” said Haidar.

thirunama  lingam interview 231107 closeupBefore Jayanthi, Lingam’s younger brother V Thirunama Karasu (left) completed questioning after the commissioners refused his counsel Wee Choo Keong’s request to ask more questions.

“We have had enough of this. We’ve got more than enough evidence. We can go on and on about the issue of his insanity until night time. We must stop somewhere,” said Haidar.

Before leaving the stand, Thirunama got the crowd laughing when he thanked the commissioners and the lawyers for their questions.

“Thank you. Thank you for the questions. Have a nice day,” he said.

In another matter, Lingam’s lawyer R Thayalan made an application for commissioner Prof Dr Khoo Kay Kim to recuse from the panel. The reasons have not been revealed in open court.

“This means all the commissioners have been asked to recuse (due to connection to witnesses or lawyers involved in the inquiry),” joked Haidar, adding that they will look into the matter before the commission resumes tomorrow.


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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

Raja Petra

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