PUTRAJAYA: Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff has retired, a year ahead of his mandatory retirement.
He gave three reasons for leaving early.
“Firstly, it is because I have served in this field for 40 years which I think is way too long,” said Alauddin, who turns 65 tomorrow.
“Secondly, it is also because of my health which although not that bad, I thought it is best that I retire early.
“Thirdly, with my (health) condition now, I think I should do something else. Arbitration is the most likely thing I will be involved in,” he told a press conference at the Palace of Justice.
Yesterday was officially Alauddin's last day in office although he had been on leave since early last month. The judiciary held a closed-door retirement farewell gathering for him which was attended by Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Federal Court and Court of Appeal judges and staff.
Alauddin said he was very happy to leave as he believed he had contributed a lot to the judiciary.
“I would like to thank the Government and also Tun Zaki.
“My advice to judges is to work hard and uphold justice without fear or favour,” he said.
Alauddin was appointed to the judiciary's number two post on Oct 18, 2008, succeeding Zaki who was appointed Chief Justice.
Born in Kulim, Kedah, Alauddin read law at the Inner Temple in London.
He had served as a magistrate and sessions court president in Bukit Mertajam, Kangar, Sungai Petani, Kuantan and Taiping between 1971 and 1976.
Alauddin also had a stint in the Attorney-General's Chambers from 1977 to 1980.
He served as the state legal adviser for Johor and Negri Sembilan and was seconded to Petronas Carigali as secretary-cum-legal advisor.
He was made judicial commissioner on Feb 1, 1992 and was elevated as a High Court judge six months later. In April 2001, he was made Court of Appeal judge and a Federal Court judge on July 12, 2004. He was then appointed Chief Judge of Malaya on Sept 5, 2007.
In June 1989, he was appointed chairman of the advisory board in the Prime Minister's Department.
Alauddin is married to Puan Sri Munirah Abd Rahman. They have three children.
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