Minister: Judiciary appointments based on merit
PUTRAJAYA: The appointment of the top three judiciary figures is based on their qualifications, as well as experiences, without the influence of any political sentiments, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
He said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had not exerted influence in the appointment of Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop and Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk David Wong Dak Wah, but instead, it was done based on merits.
“I will not allow any back door appointments,” said Liew, who is in charge of law, in a statement.
He said the appointment of the judiciary figures was approved by the conference of rulers and supported the government’s promise in returning the trust of the people towards the country’s judiciary and legislative institution.
“The appointments mark a new era of the judicial system. In fact, this is a proud moment for New Malaysia,” he said, adding that the appointments heralded a new era in the history of the Malaysian judiciary.
Malanjum, 65, was sworn in as the new chief justice of Malaysia in Istana Negara on Wednesday after he received his letter of appointment from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V. During the ceremony, Sultan Muhammad V also presented letters of appointment to Ahmad and Wong.