With the resignation of Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif effective on the 31st July 2018, I would strongly recommend and propose for Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to be appointed the next Chief Justice (CJ).
The appointment of the Chief Justice is governed by Article 122B of the Constitution of Malaysia whereby the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) appoints the Chief Justice on the advice of the Prime Minister of Malaysia after consulting the Conference of Rulers
This stand is consistent with the stand by the Pakatan Harapan leaders both from Sabah & Sarawak even before the elections. Such appointment is not without merits as Richard Malanjum is currently the most senior Federal Court judge with much judicial experience, even more senior than the present Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif.
Besides that, he has brought in a lot of improvements and good initiatives including the initiation of the computerisation of the courts in Sabah and Sarawak in 2006, soon upon appointment as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. This has benefitted many people including members of the judiciary- the bar, parties in trials and the public as well
His close involvement in the development and implementation of the project led to the creation of the Integrated Court Solution (ICS), which won the United Nations World Summit Award 2009 in the ‘E-Government and Institutions Category’.
We are confident that Melanjum will indeed carry out the duties of his office without fear or favour and will uphold the principles of justice unconditionally. There is no question about his capability to head the Malaysian judiciary.
For the past 55 years since the formation of Malaysia, no Sarawakian or Sabahan judge had held this position. Now that there are different and growing constitutional arguments regarding our rights under the MA63, I believe the time is ripe for an appointment of a Chief Justice from the Borneo States.