Malaysia appoints its first woman Chief Justice

Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat started her judicial career as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2, 2006.
Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat started her judicial career as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2, 2006.

PETALING JAYA • Federal Court judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has been named Malaysia's new Chief Justice, the first woman to take on the role.

The Prime Minister's Office said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the Prime Minister and after consulting the Conference of Rulers, agreed to the appointment of Datuk Tengku Maimun as the Chief Justice, reported The Star.

The appointment was effective yesterday, it said in a statement.

According to the judiciary's website, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun started her judicial career as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2, 2006, reported The Malay Mail.

She was appointed a High Court judge on Sept 5, 2007, before becoming a Court of Appeal judge on Jan 8, 2013. She was further promoted as a Federal Court judge on Nov 26 last year.

All 15 judges who have held Malaysia's top judicial post before Chief Justice Tengku Maimun since the country's founding in 1963 have been men.

The Prime Minister's Office also expressed appreciation for and thanked Tan Sri Richard Malanjum for his service as the previous Chief Justice. He is the first Sabahan to have held the post.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2019, with the headline 'Malaysia appoints its first woman Chief Justice'. Print Edition | Subscribe