AS MAHATHIR SUBMITS LIST OF NOMINEES FOR CHIEF JUSTICE TO AGONG, RICHARD MALANJUM DENIES BEING ON SHORTLIST OF 4: THAT’S A ‘FAIRY TALE’, SAYS EAST MALAYSIA’S TOP JUDGE

CHIEF Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum has been nominated for the post of chief justice in a list submitted by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the Conference of Rulers today.

Sources close to the appointment process said other nominees for the top judiciary posts are Chief Judge of the High Court of Malaya Ahmad Maarop for the office of the president of the Court of Appeal, Federal Court judge Zaharah Ibrahim (as chief judge of the High Court of Malaya) and Court of Appeal judge Stephen Chung Hian Guan (chief judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak).

Malanjum, 65, is the most senior of the current Federal Court judges. He would be the first Sabahan to take up the office of chief justice, if the list is approved by the Agong.

The chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak is the fourth highest judicial officer in Malaysia.

He eventually became a high court judge and was later appointed as Court of Appeal judge and subsequently, Federal Court judge. He became the chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak on July 26, 2006.

Current Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin will resign effective July 31.

Both tendered their resignation in a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 7, according to a press statement issued by the Office of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court.

Raus and Zulkefli met Dr Mahathir on May 15 to convey their intention to resign.

Both men were the subject of a legal challenge by the Malaysian Bar and the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak (AAS) over their appointments to the top posts.

The lawyers’ groups had sought a declaration that their appointments beyond their mandatory retirement age of 66 years and six months were unconstitutional and asked for their removal.

The Federal Court, which heard the challenge on March 14, deferred its decision.  – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

KUCHING, July 11 — Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, 65, has dismissed speculations that he is being nominated as a candidate to be the next Chief Justice.

The Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak appeared to be tickled when approached by reporters for comment today that he is tipped to replace outgoing Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff whose last day is end of this month.

“No, no, no. Itu cerita dongeng,” he replied, using the Malay phrase for “fairy tale”.

Malanjum was paying a courtesy call on Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg at the State Legislative Assembly building here.

Before joining the judicial service, he was a practising lawyer and had been Sabah Law Association president.

He joined the judicial service in 1992 as a Judicial Commissioner, then became a High Court Judge and was later appointed as Court of Appeal Judge and subsequently, Federal Court Judge.

Md Raus Sharif along with Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, whose positions were deemed “unconstitutional” by several groups, will vacate their positions on July 31.

Raus and Zulkefli sent in their resignation letter to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 7, and the resignation will take effect on July 31. – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

Me as Chief Justice? Fairy tale, says senior judge from Sabah

KUCHING — Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, 65, has dismissed speculations that he is being nominated as a candidate to be the next Chief Justice.

The Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak appeared to be tickled when approached by reporters for comment today that he is tipped to replace outgoing Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff whose last day is end of this month.

“No, no, no. Itu cerita dongeng,” he replied, using the Malay phrase for “fairy tale”.

Malanjum was paying a courtesy call on Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg at the State Legislative Assembly building here.

Before joining the judicial service, he was a practising lawyer and had been Sabah Law Association president.

He joined the judicial service in 1992 as a Judicial Commissioner, then became a High Court Judge and was later appointed as Court of Appeal Judge and subsequently, Federal Court Judge.

Md Raus Sharif along with Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, whose positions were deemed “unconstitutional” by several groups, will vacate their positions on July 31.

Raus and Zulkefli sent in their resignation letter to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on June 7, and the resignation will take effect on July 31. – MAIL

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / MALAY MAIL

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