Dissent over new chief justice of Malaysia

Malaysia's King, Sultan Muhammad V, handing the Chief Justice appointment letter to Tan Sri Richard Malanjum at Istana Negara last Wednesday.
Malaysia's King, Sultan Muhammad V, handing the Chief Justice appointment letter to Tan Sri Richard Malanjum at Istana Negara last Wednesday.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Third non-Malay in top legal position sparks criticism of erosion of status of Islam, Malays

The appointment of a new Chief Justice in Malaysia, one of three non-Malays now in the top echelons in the legal sphere, has been criticised by two opposition politicians who claim it reflects the erosion of the status of Islam and the Malays in the country.

"What hope is there for Muslims to see Islam's future protected in Malaysia when it comes to the law?" Mr Nasrudin Hassan, the information chief for Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), said following the appointment last Wednesday of Chief Justice Richard Malanjum, a Sabahan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 15, 2018, with the headline 'Dissent over new chief justice of Malaysia'. Print Edition | Subscribe