KUALA LUMPUR — July 11, 2018: Sabahan Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has been sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia effective today, making him the first such appointment from Borneo.
Malanjum, 65, received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara tonight.
Present were Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa.
Malanjum replaces Tun Md. Raus Sharif who submitted his resignation on July 31.
Born on October 13, 1952, in Tuaran, Malanjum was educated at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Kota Kinabalu and the Bukit Hill School before entering the La Salle Secondary School, also in Kota Kinabalu.
The Kadazandusun then worked as a clerk and a welfare officer.
In July 1972, he graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam as an external student at the University of London and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1975.
Upon graduation he was appointed as an administrative officer in the Chief Minister’s Department in Sabah but he was assigned as a deputy public prosecutor.
Malanjum was admitted to the English Bar of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London and upon returning, continued his service as a DPP and senior legal counsel in Sabah.
He was admitted as a solicitor in the Malaysian Bar, Sabah, in 1977, and was also admitted to the Australian Capitol Territory Bar in 1991.
In 1981, he resigned and joined a private legal firm in Kota Kinabalu until 1992. He was then appointed a judicial commissioner in March 1992.
Later in 1993, he was elevated as a High Court judge in Kuching and by August 2002 was made a Court of Appeal judge and in June 2005, a Federal Court judge.
Married to Puan Sri Marina Tiu, the couple has three children. — Bernama