So, James Foong has been made a justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia.
Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan has told Bernama that the Malaysian Bar had given consultation and suggestion on the appointment of judges during meetings in the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).
Ragunath said it was very important for the country to have a first class judiciary to attract foreign investors to invest in the country
Well, what does one make of James Foong's intervention on behalf of Public Bank?
(see my post at http://malaysianjudges.blogspot.com/2007/08/case-of-james-foong.html)
Clearly ,any investor, foreign or local unfortunate enough to have a matter before this man needs to be mindful that their opponents are not friends of Foong. It does appear that he treasures (pun intended) these friendships over and above his duties. Then, who am I to say ; after all he has been rewarded for his somewhat peculiar perception of judicial independence.