Instead, he said the matter was the prerogative of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who will seek the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on the candidate selected.
“The appointment of the Chief Justice will be done by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the prime minister,” he said when asked on the possible successor for Malanjum, after the launch of e-Review and video-conferencing service at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex here today.
For a start, the online service, which would give a new dimension to the judiciary body, is being implemented only at the Kuala Lumpur Court, Penang Court and Shah Alam Court complexes, free of charge until May this year.
Also present were Malanjum, Court of Appeals president Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim and Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Seri David Wong Dak Wah.
Yesterday, a local newspaper reported that Malanjum was leaving it to Judicial Appointment Commission (JAC) to find the suitable candidate as his successor and he had reached the age of 66 and is nearing the end of his six months extension.
Malanjum is previously the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak before being appointed to replace Tun Md Raus Sharif who resigned as Chief Justice on July 11, 2018.
The Federal Constitution has set the mandatory retirement age for a judge at 66 years and six months.