Openness urged on appointment of judges in Malaysia

Human rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) is calling for the introduction of transparency in the appointment and promotion of judges.

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At the moment, says LFL co-founder Eric Paulson, there is no genuine transparency. He told The Malaysian Insider: 'One of the easiest indicators to promote judges is to look at their seniority but this has not always been the case. There have been quite a number of junior judges promoted faster than their seniors.' He gave the example of the current Chief Justice, Tun Zaki Ahmad, as a case in point. 

Sense of unease

He continued: ' Zaki's swift ascendancy was not transparent and definitely not based on any particular criteria. There were more senior judges than Zaki when he was promoted to the Federal Court. Little over a year following his appointment to the Federal Court, Zaki was appointed as the Chief Justice. He was not well known prior to his Federal Court appointment so it created a sense of unease.' Source: The Malaysian Insider

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