Dayak congress backs Malan­jum for new CJ

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KUCH­ING: The Dayak Na­tional Congress ( DNC) has called for Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malan­jum to be ap­pointed as the new Chief Jus­tice of Malaysia.

DNC pres­i­dent Paul Raja said Sarawak and Sabah of­fi­cers must also be con­sid­ered when it came to the pro­mo­tion of of­fi­cers in fed­eral agen­cies. Sarawak and Sabah of­fi­cers were of­ten over­looked in such ex­er­cises, he added.

Paul cited Ar­ti­cle 153( 2) of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion per­tain­ing to “the reser­va­tion for Malays and na­tives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak of such pro­por­tion ... of po­si­tions in the public ser­vice …” and also with re­gard to the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 ( MA63).

Paul said that with the set­ting-up of the Com­mit­tee on In­sti­tu­tional Re­forms by the Pakatan Hara­pan fed­eral govern­ment, it was only ap­pro­pri­ate that the re­form of the ju­di­ciary be looked into as well.

“We in Sarawak, par­tic­u­larly the Dayak Na­tional Congress, would like to see na­tional in­te­gra­tion be­ing done all the way to the top,” he said, adding that MA63 was not a triv­ial doc­u­ment but an im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional treaty.

Malan­jum’s name has been men­tioned af­ter Chief Jus­tice Tun Md Raus Sharif and Court of Ap­peal pres­i­dent Tan Sri Zulke­fli Ah­mad Mak­in­udin sub­mit­ted their res­ig­na­tions and will va­cate their po­si­tions on July 31. — Ber­nama

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