Kayveas on criteria for promotion

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Jun 2004

THE promotion of judges in the country is based on seniority, experience, integrity and the lifestyle of the individual concerned, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk M. Kayveas. 

He said a judge’s seniority was not the main criterion in deciding whether the individual qualified for promotion. 

“The Government is aware that there are senior judges who have not been promoted and we will consider this issue. 

“The appointment and promotion of judges is conducted by the Chief Justice on the advice of the Prime Minister before a final decision is made by the Rulers Council,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Karpal Singh (DAP – Bukit Gelugor). 

On Teresa Kok’s (DAP – Seputeh) query on why the Bar Council’s proposal on the appointment of judges was rejected, Kayveas said the Bar Council should not be part of the appointment of judges as it would be prejudicial. 

He said that when the Bar Council proposed the appointment of judges, there was a conflict of interest as every member would be appearing before judges or would have their legal firms involved in court cases before judges. 

At the Parliament lobby later, Kayveas said the Prime Minister's Department was not involved in the appointment of judges. 

Asked what he meant by the lifestyle of a person, Kayveas said it referred to places they visited, among others, which could be deemed as “inappropriate” for their positions. 

“For instance, playing golf is different from going to pubs and so on,” he said. 

He said the conduct of judges would also be scrutinised to ensure that they were not involved in “unsuitable activities.”  

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