SPECIAL REPORT: '88 judiciary crisis revisited

Two decades have passed since the 1988 judiciary crisis. But the effects still linger.

The phrase 'judiciary crisis of 1988' is generally understood as relating to the suspension and sacking of Supreme Court judges including the then Lord President Salleh Abas.

The crisis in fact went beyond that to include a besieged constitution and the erosion of the important principle governing democracies - the separation of powers.

In a five-part special report, Malaysiakini journalist Soon Li Tsin, revisits the events that led to the day the judges were removed and along with them, the confidence in the independence of the judiciary.

Watch a 10-min video of interviews on the crisis.

Video by Indrani Kopal.

Revisiting Malaysia '1988' Judiciary Crisis from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.


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