KUALA LUMPUR — July 7, 2017: Tan Sri Md. Raus Sharif will remain as chief justice for the next three years commencing August 4 after his appointment as an additional judge in the Federal Court.
Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, who was appointed as an additional judge for the Federal Court for two years from this September 28, will continue to hold the position of the president of the Court of Appeal from that date.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office today said the appointments of the chief justice and president of the Court of Appeal, who are appointees as additional judges in the Federal Court, is pursuant to Article 122(1A) of the federal Constitution.
Pursuant to Article 122B(1) of the Constitution, His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the prime minister and after consultation with the Conference of Rulers convened on last May 24 and 25, is pleased to announce both appointments.
“The appointment of Tan Sri Md. Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as additional judges in the Federal Court after each of them reach the age of 66 years and six months is on the respectful suggestion and advice of the Chief Justice at the material time, Tun Arifin Zakaria, to his Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on March 30, 2017, before Yang Amat Arif retired,”. said the statement
The statement said the proposal and advice were accepted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in accordance with Article 122(1A) of the federal Constitution. The decisions and procedures were consonant with the provisions of the Constitution.
“The Malaysian government is however contemplating tabling a proposal in parliament for the amendment of Article 125 of the Constitution to raise the retirement age of apex court judges to 70 years. This is consonant with the Commonwealth and international practice and jurisprudence,” said the statement.
On last April 1, Raus was appointed as the 14th Chief Justice of Malaysia, replacing Arifin who retired after reaching the age of 66 years and six months, and Zulkefli was appointed as Court of Appeal president to succeed Raus.
The retirement age for judges is 66.
The services of Arifin, Raus and Zulkefli had earlier been extended for six months. — Bernama