This began with a vengeance after the then lord president of the Supreme Court, as the chief justice was then known, Salleh Abas, and two Supreme Court judges were denied justice in their own court and drummed out, more to warn the judges of the fate awaiting them if they did not oblige.
The judges ignore the larger judicial tradition when they retire. They acquiesced, without a murmur, when the executive has deliberately and callously, destroyed judicial independence, especially when they closed an eye when judges and crony businessmen established close links.
This was followed by the several blatant miscarriages of justice. The most prominent, and the most damaging, was how the judiciary helped destroy a man the prime minister wanted destroyed. No judge dared stand up to challenge it. Two crony businessmen wanted to show they should not be challenged by anyone because of who they are, and initiated a series of legal actions to silence their critics. The judges complied, even sending a few lawyers to jail for contempt.
Judicial integrity is compromised when judges remain silent when injustice is rampant. Those who were aggrieved bided their time or went along, some, as several told me, even deciding the battle was hopeless, and they had mortgages to meet.