PETALING JAYA: Federal Court judge Idrus Harun has been named as the new attorney-general, replacing Tommy Thomas, who resigned last week following the change of government.
“In accordance with Clause (1) Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has consented to Federal Court judge Idrus Harun as the new attorney-general for a period of two years effective March 6, 2020,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Idrus, 65, who once served as solicitor-general, had also served as legal adviser in the Election Commission and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. He is the brother of Election Commission chairman Azhar Harun.
Prior to becoming a judge at the apex court, Idrus served as a Court of Appeal judge.
Idrus was among the four judges who recently held that a Muslim boy born out of wedlock could not use his biological father’s name in his birth certificate.
Idrus comes from a large family of nine siblings, who grew up in the rural hinterland of Kedah, in Kampung Sanglang, Ayer Hitam.
His father was a village headman while his mother was a housewife.
Friends who know Idrus describe him as a “kampung boy”, having been educated in Malay schools.