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Rollercoaster justice

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader

THOUSANDS of decisions delivered by courts of law have courted disaster, provoked anxiety, shock, controversy and outrage because of the huge question marks hovering ominously over the rule of law, politics, judicial attitudes aided by a total disrespect for human values. Organised government has convinced its citizens that Baskin Robbins has more flavours than a democracy.

An estimated 620,000 people died during the American Civil War directly caused by the fatal decision of the US Supreme Court in the 1857 Dred Scott case when a seven-man majority decided and decreed that Black Americans are not deemed as citizens but as chattel (property). This is the America, the bastion of human rights, that foolish nations and their people love to emulate, ape, quote, cite and follow in the name of democracy.

Australia’s Mabo 2 of 1982 declared and decreed that the defence of terra nullius (no man’s land) asserted by the immigrant defendants who had formed de jure jurisdictions cannot hold water because “the plaintiff Blackfellers” were already here before the arrival of the first Europeans, and therefore, terra nullius is an incorrect plea to logic, common sense and realpolitik. Native rights to land prevailed, but that has done nothing till today because the “Torrens-system” continues unabated to terrorise the inalienable land rights of the Original Inhabitants of Australia.

Malaysian courts have provided perfunctory native land rights relief to...


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