KUCHING: United People's Party (UPP) wants Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum (pic) to be appointed as the new Chief Justice.
This comes after Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin submitted letters of resignation to vacate their positions on July 31.
"The reason is that Malanjum is the most senior judge in the Federal Court and he is fully entitled to the appointment based on seniority and merit.
"He will be the first East Malaysian to be appointed to the top post in the judiciary and it will send a strong signal that the new Federal Government is serious about promotions based on seniority and merit," UPP said in a statement on Wednesday (June 13).
UPP, the splinter party of Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), said Sabahans and Sarawakians would question the impartiality of judicial appointments under the new administration if Malanjum was bypassed for the top judicial post.
"We therefore call for the elevation of Malanjum to be the next Chief Justice of Malaysia," it said.