Chief Justice pledges to continue with reforms

Tengku Maimum Tuan Mat, Chief Justice of Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has pledged to continue efforts to improve the judicial system in the country.

Tengku Maimun said she would continue the agenda of reform in the judicial system that her predecessor had worked for.

Speaking to reporters after the investiture ceremony for those who received awards in the birthday honours of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, she said: “I will continue with the reforms that my predecessor Richard Malanjum had initiated before we continue with the new reforms.”

Tengku Maimun made history as the first woman to hold the judiciary’s top post. She headed the list of 42 recipients who received awards from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah today in conjunction with His Majesty’s official birthday.

On the first day of the investiture ceremony, Tengku Maimun was one of three recipients to receive the Darjah Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN) which carries the title ‘Tan Sri’.

Tengku Maimun also expressed deep gratitude and appreciation for the award.

The Chief Secretary to the Government Dr Ismail Bakar, also received the PMN. He said he was determined to continue the government’s aspirations to make Malaysia a clean country, free from corruption.

While sending congratulatory wishes to civil servants who also received awards, he hoped that it would inspire them to serve more efficiently and responsibly in carrying out their duties.

Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohammad Ariff Yusof expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) he received today.

Mohammad Ariff pledged to continue his vision for Parliamentary reform, which had already been initiated through the establishment of the Special Election Committee and efforts to make Parliament people-centred and people-friendly.

“We will also be holding events and activities that involve people like the ‘Debaton Parlimen’ which we recently organised last Saturday,” he said.

Chief protocol officer of the government Rozainor Ramli said the Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (PSD) bestowed on him today gave him the courage and spirit to work harder and serve the King and country.