KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Judge of Malaya (CJM) Justice Azahar Mohamed, who was warded due to Covid-19, has been discharged from the hospital.
A text message circulated on Sunday (May 2), said to be from Justice Azahar, informed fellow judges that he had been released from critical care that day and was currently recuperating at home.
"What an 18 days, being woken up all hours, poked, prodded, needles, alarms, high-flow oxygen," the message said.
A source close to the judiciary confirmed that the text message was from Justice Azahar.
On April 26, it was reported that Federal Court judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh was appointed as acting CJM following Justice Azahar's hospitalisation at Hospital Sungai Buloh.
Under Section 9(1B) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964, the Chief Justice (CJ) is empowered to appoint a Federal Court judge to exercise the duties of the CJM in the event that the CJM is unable to exercise the powers or perform the duties of his office owing to illness or absence from Malaysia or any other cause.
According to a news portal, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat made the appointment in mid-April in accordance with the legal provision.
The position of CJM is the third highest in the judicial hierarchy after the CJ and the Court of Appeal president.
The Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak is fourth in the hierarchy.
Justice Azahar was appointed CJM on Aug 8,2019, replacing Justice Zaharah Ibrahim who retired.