In welcoming him to the fold, G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin said Hishamudin had served the judiciary with distinction.
“His courage, independence and fearless integrity in upholding his oath of office will be long remembered and has earned him the respect of not only his peers but of all Malaysians,” Farida said in a statement on Wednesday.
Hishamudin is known for delivering landmark decisions on several human rights cases including deeming as unconstitutional a provision in a Negri Sembilan Islamic religious enactment that criminalised cross-dressing for Muslims.
G25, comprising mostly former top civil servants, ambassadors, academicians and civil rights activists, have called for rational dialogue on the position of Islam in Malaysia apart from expressing deep dismay over the continuing unresolved disputes on the position and application of Islamic laws in the country.
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