KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Judge of Malaya (CJM) Justice Azahar Mohamed (pic), who was hospitalised due to Covid-19, is now back home to recuperate.
“What an 18 days, being woken up all hours, poked, prodded, needless (sic), alarms, high flow oxygen, ” according to a text message circulated on Sunday to fellow judges.
The message also informed them that he was released from critical care that day and is currently recuperating at home.
A source close to the judiciary confirmed that the text message was from the CJM.
Last week, it was reported that Federal Court judge Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh was appointed as the acting CJM following Justice Azahar’s hospitalisation at Hospital Sungai Buloh.
Under Section 9(1B) of the Courts of Judicature Act, 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 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.