I learnt a lot from Malan­jum, says Zaki

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KUALA LUMPUR: For­mer chief jus­tice Tun Zaki Azmi said he learnt a lot from Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum when he was in of­fice eight years ago.

He also ad­mit­ted that he had “copied” sev­eral ap­proaches in­tro­duced by Malan­jum while he served as the chief jus­tice for Sabah and Sarawak.

“I am not em­bar­rassed to say that I had learnt a lot from him when I was chief jus­tice.

“I even brought sev­eral ap­proaches that he had im­ple­mented in Sabah and Sarawak to be in­tro­duced in the penin­sula.

“It was the right de­ci­sion to ap­point him as chief jus­tice as he has shown lead­er­ship,” he said yes­ter­day.

Zaki, who served as chief jus­tice from 2008 to 2011, said Malan­jum had the abil­ity to make good judg­ments and worked hard to pre­serve and up­grade the role and sta­tus at courts, es­pe­cially in Sabah and Sarawak.

“We wrote sev­eral land­mark judg­ments to­gether. One of them was the S. Shamala case, where she fled to Aus­tralia with her two chil­dren due to a dis­pute with her con­verted hus­band.

“Many crit­i­cised his land­mark de­ci­sion, but it was right,” said Zaki, adding that Malan­jum had in­tegrity and the abil­ity to man­age the courts.

He said as a per­son, Malan­jum was a hum­ble and hard­work­ing judge.

“I per­son­ally like work­ing with him and am happy that he was ap­pointed chief jus­tice.”

Zaki said the ap­point­ment of chief jus­tice should not be based on race and re­li­gion, but based on one’s abil­ity.

Malan­jum was ap­pointed to the job af­ter for­mer chief jus­tice Tun Md Raus Sharif sub­mit­ted his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion, which will come into ef­fect at the end of the month.

Malan­jum re­ceived his let­ter of ap­point­ment from Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V at a cer­e­mony at Is­tana Ne­gara on Wed­nes­day.

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