Bar Council tells CJ, AG to quit

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KUALA LUMPUR — Tun Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali should both resign as Chief Justice and Attorney-General respectively given issues surrounding their continued service, said the president of the Malaysian Bar.

George Varughese said that the constitutionality of Raus’s contract extension beyond the mandatory retirement age of 66 was already in question while Mohamed Apandi has been implicated by the prime minister over his handling of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Varughese added that while Mohamed Apandi, Raus as well as Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin could be forced out according to existing laws, they should take the honourable path and relinquish their posts voluntarily.

“Given the recent political developments that have occurred in our country, the time has come for the Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia, and President of the Court of Appeal to step down,” he said.

Mohamed Apandi has been placed on garden leave after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused him of hiding wrongdoings related to 1MDB. The AG also cleared former PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any crime related to a RM2.6 billion deposit in his personal accounts.

Varughese said yesterday that Mohamed Apandi could be removed pursuant to Article 145(5) of the Federal Constitution, which states that the latter serves only at the Yang diPertuan Agong’s pleasure.

“The statement issued by Tan Sri Apandi Ali that he would not resign as the Attorney General because he was appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is misconceived in law and flawed in logic,” Varughese said.