KUALA LUMPUR: The appointment of the next Chief Justice is awaiting the approval of the Conference of Rulers, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“It seems that there is a provision for the appointment to be submitted to the Conference of Rulers and not just to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“We have informed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong but there is a need to inform the other Rulers, and that is being done now.
“We are waiting for them to give their approval and we will appoint,” he said at Yayasan Al-Bukhary near here on Friday (April 19).
Dr Mahathir was responding to reports yesterday which claimed that he and the Malay Rulers are in a stalemate over the appointment of the next Chief Justice.
Former Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum had retired in early April, leaving the post vacant.
He retired after serving 27 years in the judiciary.
Malanjum, the first Sabahan to hold the top post in the judiciary, served as the Chief Justice for nine months.
Prior to this, he was the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak for 12 years.
Earlier, at a press conference, Dr Mahathir announced the revival of the Bandar Malaysia project with some changes.
The Prime Minister said that the government has "changed its stance" about the project, which had been previously put on hold.