----- Taken from Bernama
SUNGAI PETANI, Sept 28 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Bar Council has been told to rid itself of political influence so as to remain a professional body.
Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said the council should act professionally to be respected and should not allow itself to be used by certain individuals for their own political interest.
He said the Bar Council was no longer professional by pressuring the government to set a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the unauthenticated video clip of a telephone conversation of a senior lawyer purportedly brokering the appointment of judges in 2002.
In light of this, he added, the Bar Council members should call for a commission be set up to investigate the unprofessional conduct of their leaders.
Zainuddin believed the video clip was not valid as it only carried the visual and audible conversation of a lawyer and it was picked from a blogsite on the Internet.
He was speaking at a breaking of fast with members of the Kampung Hilir Smart Community programme in Merbok Thursday night.
Zainuddin said although the video clip was unverified, the government had been transparent about it by forming an independent panel to investigate the allegation.
He said the Bar Council should be thankful for the government's effort and should not continue to pressure for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
He also hit out at certain media for giving wide coverage on the video clip issue whereas they should act based on facts and professionally.
On Wednesday, more than 1,500 members of the Bar Council march from the Palace of Justice to Dataran Putra in Putrajaya to hand over a memorandum calling on the government to set up a Royal Commission to investigate the video clip issue, and for transparency in the appointment of court judges.