Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, then prime minister, correctly said that the judges were dismissed as recommended by the Tribunal appointed pursuant to the Constitution of Malaysia by the Yang di Pertuan Agong (King).
The words used - removal and remove - meaning to dismiss and not as claimed by Nazri, the de-facto law minister.
However, the Mahathir administration was kind enough to approve pension payments to the judges concerned although, normally, it would not. Unfortunately, similar kindness was not extended to former High Court judge, Dato' Syed Ahmad Idid, who (anonymously) exposed corruption and wrongdoings in the judiciary and was forced to resign.
Like most of us, I am not aware that the judges were paid pensions handsomely and am disappointed that Tun Salleh said nothing about it until it was disclosed by a third party. And we are talking about transparency and honesty.
It is game, set and match to the judges, if I may say so.