Gopal Seri Ram defends Malanjum against PAS, questions attack on judge

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram has defended the appointment of Tan Sri Richard Malanjum as the new Chief Justice, saying that as he is a fair man with a track record that speaks for itself.

“In constitutional issues, he is the most independent. So why attack him on religious grounds?” the former Federal Court Judge told the Star Online on Thursday (July 12).

Gopal was responding to a statement by PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan who said that Malanjum’s appointment had caused "unease" (keresahan) among Muslims.   

He said that in his experience, Malanjum had never insulted any religion and delivered judgements according to the law.

“Nasrudin need not worry because they will receive justice in Malanjum’s court.

"He has been a fair man. Just because he dissented in the Lina Joy and Catholic Herald cases doesn’t make him anti-Islam,” he said.

Malanjum, 65, was sworn in and received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V in a ceremony at Istana Negara on Wednesday (July 11) night.