In Service of the Law: Tun Suffian’s Legacy


Salleh Buang
2007. Tun Suffian Foundation Inc
Hardcover, 23.6 cm x 15.8 cm, 436 pages
Photographs in colour & black & white
ISBN 9789834353001


Salleh Buang’s book is more than just a tribute to Allahyarham Tun Suffian, but it is additionally a broad sweep of the Malaysian story in numerous critical areas of socio-economic and political life. In one sense, the story of Allahyarham Tun Suffian’s rise from humble beginnings to greatness and humility (the latter trait is stressed at many points in the book with obvious justification) is a human reflection of the Malaysian story. The contributions by Allahyarham Tun Suffian to the development of the law and the nation are presented in a balanced manner, and the human angle is highlighted very well. Anyone reading this book will appreciate immediately the learned yet pleasant, personality of Tun Suffian who appeared to have maintained his wit and affable nature even towards the end of his illustrious life. This book’s strength lies not in its analysis of Tun Suffian’s contributions to the development of Malaysian law through his judgments, but more than that, it succeeds in portraying the man as someone highly principled who was not slow to express his views vocally to safeguard the independence of the judiciary. Salleh Buang’s chapter on the judicial crisis also throws a fresh insight into that unfortunate phase of Malaysian judicial history.

Weight 850 g
Dimensions 23.5 × 15.8 × 2.5 cm