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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (Bernama) –– Royal Commission of Inquiry Chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor lost his patience with lawyer Wee Choo Keong today when the latter insisted on making his submission even though he was ordered to hold on until another day indicated by the commission.
Wee, representing Thirunama Karasu, the younger brother of lawyer Datuk V.K. Lingam who allegedly brokered the appointment of judges in a controversial video clip, was seen refusing to budge although he was ordered by the commission not to submit on the relevancy of a New Zealand trip by Lingam and former Chief Justice Tun Eusoff Chin.
Raising his voice, Haidar told Wee: "Look here, we (the commission) make a ruling, you give your submission, then we (the commission) would read and decide the relevant issue that you (Wee) could submit on."
Commissioner Datuk Mahadev Shankar added: "I want to sound a note of caution. There are some facts and allegations which were covered in the documents (Wee's written submission) you gave. The commission would determine how much of that is going to be allowed, whether there was a limit and where the limit should go.
"And, if you are going to repeat your material here, including the allegations, we may decide not to admit. There were colourful allegations," Mahadev said.
However, Wee remained standing, attempting to persuade the commission to hear out his submission.
There was an exchange of words between Wee and Mahadev which prompted Haidar to make his stand not to allow Wee to submit further.
Despite the order, Wee refused to sit down and tried to make his submission.
Commissioner Tan Sri Steve Shim Lip Kiong told Wee: "We have read your statement. We felt not all the evidence should be in. We would make the ruling later on. I will indicate to you the few relevant parts in your submission and you can make your submission on that. Other than that you are not allowed to touch. You can submit later after we indicate to you the admissible part."
But Wee persisted on submitting.
Haidar, raising his voice, told Wee not to argue but to sit down since the commission had already indicated to him that it would take a look at his written submission.
"Did you get it clear. Don't argue. Please listen to me. (In a raised voice) Can you please sit down. I said sit down. We will give you our opinion on your submission. Give us (time) to go through first. If we feel your points are relevant, we would invite you to submit, so please sit down," said Haidar.
Wee replied: "(You) don't have to shout." He then sat down on the lawyer's bench.
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