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July 22, 2017

Sabah, Sarawak lawyers to declare stand on CJ extension

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sabah, Sarawak lawyers to declare stand on CJ extensionLAWYERS from Sabah and Sarawak will make their stand known on the government’s decision to extend the tenure of the chief justice and the Court of Appeal president, Free Malaysia Today reports.

A central committee, representing lawyers from Sabah and Sarawak, will meet tomorrow, said Ranbir Singh Sangha, president of the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak.

Sabah Law Association president Brenndon Keith Soh also told FMT that a decision “in due course”.

Sarawak lawyers are expected to meet with their peninsula counterpart, the Malaysian Bar Council, later this month to further discuss the issue.

The Malaysian Bar will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on August 3 at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall to get a mandate from its members before deciding on its next legal action.

The Bar had questioned the government’s move on July 7 to extend the services of Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin. They will serve an extra three and two years respectively.

Both men were appointed as additional judges to keep them in judicial office beyond the purported age limit of 66 years and six months, pursuant to Article 122(1A) of the Federal Constitution.

Bar president George Varughese had called their appointments, recommended by Prime Minister Najib Razak, as unprecedented, “troubling” and “blatantly unconstitutional”, pointing to five violations of the constitution in the extension of the two judges. – July 21, 2017.

Source : The Malaysian insigth


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