KUALA LUMPUR: Judicial officers and court registrars were forced to attend a talk by Barisan Nasional's Datuk Lokman Noor Adam when the coalition was in power, Lawyers for Liberty said.
Its advisor N. Surendran said the order came from Chief Registrar of the Federal Court Datuk Latifah Mohd and attendance was compulsory.
"The Chief Registrar of the Federal Court Datuk Latifah Mohd Tahar had directed judicial officers and court registrars to attend a 'ceramah' by Dato Lokman Noor Adam on the 'economic policy' of the BN government on May 24, 2017," he said.
He added that talk was held at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. Among those forced to attend were Deputy Registrars, Senior Assistant Registrars and special officers to the Chief Justice and the Appellate judges.
Surendran said this is in breach of the doctrine of separation of powers and the concept of an independent judiciary.
"Lokman Adam has no economic qualifications. If for whatever reason it was truly intended to give judges a proper lecture on economics, why were university economics professors or qualified economists not invited as speakers?" he said.
Lokman then held a political appointment at the Ministry of Finance which was helmed by Najib.
This political appointment enjoyed by Lokman was terminated by the new Pakatan Harapan government on May 15.