Justice Mohamad Ariff 'honoured' to be Speaker if given the chance

PETALING JAYA: Retired Court of Appeal judge Justice Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof has said that he would be honoured to take up the post if given the chance.

“I have not received any confirmation of this. If it is true, it will be a great honour to be considered,” he said, when contacted on Thursday (July 11).

Justice Mohamad Ariff is rumoured to be one of the nominees for the post.

This comes following a call made by the G25 group of eminent Malays expressing concern over Pakatan's pick for the post, which sources have said is Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul.

The pro-moderation group said that as Johari was a former National Civics Bureau (BTN) director and the former PKR whip in Parliament, such express partisanship did not sit well with the post as they feel that the Speaker must be politically neutral.

However, it was reported that Pakatan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said that the coalition would stick to its general election manifesto, which said that the Dewan Rakyat Speaker should be appointed from among its Members of Parliament.

Justice Mohamad Ariff is a graduate of the University of London and the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn,

He started his career in 1974 as a law lecturer and subsequently an associate professor in the law faculty of University of Malaya before venturing into legal practice as an advocate and solicitor in 1985.

He became a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya in 2008, and later a judge of the High Court before being appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2012.

He retired from the Malaysian Judiciary in early 2015. His experience ranged from company and commercial law to banking, securities, constitutional and administrative law.