PUTRAJAYA: Two women judges have been elevated to the highest court in the country.
Federal Court Justices Datin Zaleha Zahari, 63, and Datuk Zainun Ali, 60, will be the fourth and fifth women, respectively, to have the honour.
They were sworn in before Chief Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria at the Palace of Justice here yesterday, having received their appointment letters from the King earlier.
Two others appointed to the Federal Court were Justices Datuk Seri Sulong Matjerie, 64, and Datuk Jeffrey Tan Kok Hwa, 62.
In his speech, Arifin said the judiciary had an open attitude to criticisms, acknowledging that judges too were human and “not spared from making mistakes.”
“But I would like to emphasise that the court takes seriously any act that may taint its dignity and integrity.
“I want to stress the power to punish for contempt of court is not meant to protect a judge but to defend judicial dignity so that the adminstration of justice runs smoothly.”
Others elevated were: Court of Appeal Justices Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, 62, and Datuk Lim Yee Lan, 60, and High Court Justices Datuk Hasnah Mohd Hashim, 52, Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, 53, Hadhariah Syed Ismail, 53, Supang Lian, 52, and Stephen Chung Hian Guan, 58.