KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian senior judges, Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin resign from their posts.
The removal came amidst Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s move to purge top officials suspected of having been so close to the previous administration, Reuters reported today.
A list of top officials are being removed from or quitting their posts this month since the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan and Dr Mahathir scored a spectacular victory in a May 9 general election.
Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin will leave office effectively start from July 31, according to a statement issued by the chief registrar’s office of the federal court.
“His Majesty the King had given his assent to their resignation on June 8,” the statement read.
Malaysia’s legal fraternity had challenged the decision by the government of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak to appoint Raus and Zulkefli last year, arguing that the two judges had already exceeded the retirement age.
Last week, Central bank governor Muhammad Ibrahim also resigned , just two years into his five-year term.
Malaysia’s attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, has also resigned recently.