PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says a list of proposed commissioners for the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) was submitted to the prime minister a week ago.
“The list has been given to the prime minister for him to make the announcement,” he told reporters after opening the National High-Level Dialogue on Business and Human Rights here today.
Suhakam has been without commissioners since its chairman Razali Ismail resigned on April 16, almost two weeks before the end of his term on April 27. The terms of the other seven commissioners ended on April 25.
The seven commissioners were Mah Weng Kwai, Godfrey Gregory Joitol, Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Salleh, Jerald Joseph, Lok Yim Pheng, Aishah Bidin and Francis Johen Adam.
A commissioner’s term runs for three years. The last round of appointments was made in July 2016 and backdated to April that year.
Liew said on June 20, the Cabinet had endorsed a recommendation for human rights to be included in his ministerial portfolio and that he would be assisted by the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department.
“I hope the new development will pave a significant and positive way forward in the governance of human rights in Malaysia,” he said.