Raus Sharif’s tenure as CJ extended 3 years


PETALING JAYA: Chief Justice Raus Sharif will continue to hold his position for another three years from Aug 4, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

It said Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin would also have his appointment extended for another two years from Sept 28.

Both men will also be appointed as additional judges in the Federal Court pursuant to Article 122 (1A) of the Federal Constitution, the statement said.

It added that under Article 122B (1) of the constitution, the appointments for these posts can be made by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the prime minister and after consultation with the Conference of Rulers.

It said Raus and Zulkefli would remain in their positions but in their capacity as additional judges of the Federal Court.

The statement also said the appointment of the duo as additional judges after each of them reach the age of 66 years and six months was based on the suggestion and advice of then-chief justice Arifin Zakaria to the king on March 30 before he retired.

“The proposal and advice was accepted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution,” it said.

The statement said the above decisions and procedure were consonant with the provisions of the constitution.