KUALA LUMPUR ― Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia last night.
Malanjum, 65, received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at a ceremony at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil (Small Throne Room), Istana Negara, here.
Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Ma’arop was also elevated to Court of Appeal president, and Federal Court judge Justice Datuk David Wong Dak Wah is the new Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.
They will be sworn in today.
Also present at the ceremony last night were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew View Keong, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and Federal Court Chief Registrar Datuk Seri Latifah Mohd Tahar.
Malanjum replaces Tun Md Raus Sharif, who had resigned.
Born in October 1952 in Tuaran, Sabah, Malanjum had his early education there before completing his secondary education in Kota Kinabalu.
The website of the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court said Malanjum started his career as a clerk at the Education Department, Department of Agriculture, and Television and Radio Department, and as a welfare officer at the State Welfare Department.
In July 1972, he graduated from MARA Institute of Technology in Shah Alam, Selangor (now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA) as an external student at the University of London, and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1975.
Before joining the judicial service, he was a lawyer and had been Sabah Law Association president.
Malanjum joined the judicial service in 1992 as a judicial commissioner, then became a High Court judge and was later appointed as Court of Appeal judge and subsequently Federal Court judge.
The father of three children is the first native of Sabah to be a High Court judge, Court of Appeal judge as well as Federal Court judge.
Md Raus, along with Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, whose positions were deemed “unconstitutional” by several groups, sent in their resignation letters to the King on June 7.