KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 ― Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif will remain as Chief Justice for a period of three years commencing August 4 this year after his appointment as an additional judge in the Federal Court from the date and for the same period.
The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement today said Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin who was appointed as an additional judge for the Federal Court for a term of two years commencing from September 28, 2017 will continue to hold the position of the President of the Court of Appeal from the date and for the same period.
The statement said the appointment of the Chief Justice and the President of Court of Appeal, who are appointees as additional judges in the Federal Court, is pursuant to Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution.
It said pursuant to Article 122B(1) of the Federal Constitution, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the Prime Minister and after consultation with the Conference of Rulers convened on May 24 and 25 this year, is pleased to announce both appointments.
“The appointment of Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as additional judges in the Federal Court after each of them reach the age of 66 years and six months is on the respectful suggestion and advice of the Chief Justice at the material time, Tun Arifin Zakaria to his Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on March 30, 2017 before Yang Amat Arif retired,” said the statement.
The statement said the proposal and advice were accepted by the yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution.
The statement also said the above decisions and procedure were consonant with the provisions of the Federal Constitution now.
“The Malaysian Government is however contemplating tabling a proposal in the Parliament for the amendment of Article 125 of the Federal Constitution to raise the retirement age of Apex Court judges to 70 years. This is consonant with the Commonwealth and international practice and jurisprudence,” said the statement.
On April 1, 2017, Md Raus, was appointed as the 14th Chief Justice of Malaysia, replacing Arifin who retired after reaching the age of 66 years and six months, on March 31, 2017, and Zulkefli had been appointed as Court of Appeal President to succeed Md Raus.
The retirement age for judges is 66.
As a background, the services of Arifin as Chief Justice, Md Raus as Court of Appeal President and Zulkefli as Chief Judge of Malaya had earlier been extended for six months.
Md Raus' service in the judiciary has been extended from February 4 to August 3 this year, while Zulkefli’s from March 28 until Sept 27 this year. ― Bernama