KUCHING: Tan Sri Richard Malanjum's appointment as Chief Justice is a recognition of his merit and seniority, says Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii (pic).
Congratulating Malanjum on the appointment, he said there was no question about his capability to head the Judiciary.
"His appointment signals a recognition of his sound and reasoned judgments, as well as his efforts and vision to bring about much-needed reform to the judiciary.
"We are confident that Malanjum will carry out the duties of his office without fear of favour and will uphold the principle of justice unconditionally," Yii said in a statement on Thursday (July 12).
Malanjum, a Sabahan, was sworn in and received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara on Wednesday night.
He was previously Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.
Yii also said the appointment created history as Malanjum is the first Malaysian from either Sabah or Sarawak to become Chief Justice since independence.
"Since before the general election, we in Sarawak Pakatan Harapan had been pushing for his appointment based on his merit and experience as the most senior Federal Court judge," the state Pakatan youth information chief said.
In addition, he said Malanjum's appointment was a recognition of the "rightful standing" of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners within the Federation of Malaysia.
"Now that there are different and growing constitutional arguments regarding our rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, the appointment of a Chief Justice from the Borneo states is a positive step forward for Sarawak and Sabah, especially in taking our rightful place in Malaysia and promoting greater national integration," he added.