PUTRAJAYA, Sept. 18 – The four leading persons of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have been replaced, according to a statement from the JAC Secretariat.
The new appointees are three former judges of the Court of Appeal, namely Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Md Yunus, Datuk Linton Albert and Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, and the University of Malaya, jurist and constitutional expert Emeritus Professor Datuk Shad Saleem Faruqi, said it.
The statement said they will serve for a period of two years, from September 4 this year until September 3, 2020.
It also said that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had agreed to their appointment, which was made under point 5 (1) (f) of the JAC Act 2009.
The four appointees replaced former Chief Judge Tun Arifin Zakaria; former court of appeal judge Datuk Anantham Kasinather, former Sarawak attorney general Datu Abdul Razak Tready and University of Malaya Faculty of Law prof. Choong Yeow Choy.
The JAC has expressed gratitude and appreciation for Arifin, Anantham, Abdul Razak and Choong.
In addition to the four eminent persons, the JAC also includes the chief judge, who is the chairman; the Court of Appeal president; the chief judge of Malaya; the chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak and a federal judge appointed by the prime minister.
The JAC was established in 2009 to ensure an impartial selection of legal candidates for the treatment of the Prime Minister who has the final say on the appointment of judges to the higher courts. – Bernama