KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has convened its extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to discuss the appointments of Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as additional judges in the Federal Court.
The EGM that was held at 4pm Thursday at a packed Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall met its quorum of at least 500 members, and it is expected to pass two motions with regard to the July 7 announcement made by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in relation to the appointments.
The motions were to "uphold the supremacy of the Federal Constitution" and "protect the judicial independence" of the country.
The controversy erupted when PMO announced on July 7 that the two men would be appointed as “additional” judges under Article 122 (1A) of the Federal Constitution when their extensions expire so they could continue to serve in their positions.
On April 1, Md Raus was appointed as the 14th Chief Justice, replacing Tun Arifin Zakaria who retired after reaching the age of 66 years and six months on March 31.
Md Raus and Zulkefli turned 66 on Feb 4 and March 28 respectively, and were already on a six-month extension of service before they were appointed to their current positions on April 1.
While Md Raus’ extension ends on Thursday, Zulkefli’s will end on Sept 27.