Min­is­ter: Ju­di­ciary ap­point­ments based on merit

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

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.

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