Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi will today(5 September 2007) become the first lawyer to be appointed directly to the Federal Court.
a) THE HOTTICK AFFAIR
Records on file with Hong Kong's registrar of companies show that on Feb. 3, 1997, Zaki Azmi, a senior partner in Malaysian law firm Rashid & Lee, became a director of Hottick. He was joined on the Hottick board by another Rashid & Lee senior partner, Abdul Rashid Manaff, Salehuddin, Virata and Abdul Hamid Abdul Manaff, Rashid's brother. Rashid & Lee is Renong's longtime legal adviser and principal solicitor. The firm's Abdul Rashid has, for years, served as a personal legal adviser for Halim.
Halim's legal associates had ready access to Malaysian bank credits to make the NSC purchase. Hottick immediately borrowed US$800 million from Malaysia's four biggest banks through their offshore subsidiaries on the Malaysian island of Labuan. One of the four was Bank of Commerce (Labuan) Ltd., which is controlled by 18%-Renong owned Commerce Assets Holdings Bhd. As security for the loan, Hottick pledged its 1.55 billion just-purchased NSC shares to the Malaysian banks.
(Source:Malaysia Renong Asset/Liability -4: Director Of Hottick
19 January 1998,Dow Jones Asian Equities Report)
For more on the Hottick affair-see http://www.limkitsiang.com/archive/1997/Dec97/sg785.htm
b) The Pharmaniaga affair
Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee chairman Mohamed Azman Yahya has been appointed as Pharmaniaga Bhd's chairman and director effective immediately.
According to an announcement, Azman replaces Tan Sri Zaki Azmi, 56, who has resigned with immediate effect. At the same time, two company directors - Md Anwar Hj. Mamood, 49, and Dr Teoh Kim Loon, 47 - have also resigned from their posts.
(Source:CDRC's Azman appointed Pharmaniaga chairman.
By Michelle Kuan. 15 November 2001,The Edge)
c) An affair of the heart
Zaki seeks to annul marriage
(By A. Hafiz Yatim ,6 August 2005,New Straits Times)
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri. - Three months ago, prominent lawyer Tan Sri Zaki Azmi took a second wife quietly in a ceremony in a textile shop in Perlis.
Both he and Nor Hayati Yahaya, 32, agreed to burn the original marriage certificate to hide the marriage from his first wife.
In his statement of claim filed on July 26, Zaki said that Nor Hayati and he were married in May this year in a ceremony presided by a kadi from Thailand.
After the ceremony, both the newly-weds signed a form, which was written in Jawi and Thai. He sought legal advice after the divorce and was told that his marriage may not have been legal under the local Syarak and Syariah law.
The 59th Federal Territory Consultative meeting states that a marriage performed by a Thai kadi outside his jurisdiction in Thailand is considered void.