Retaining chief justice beyond retirement age illegal, says Bar

Source: FMT News

Raus Sharif’s contributions to the judiciary are well known and it is unfair to him should he become embroiled in controversy, says George Varughese. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has joined the chorus of critics protesting the likelihood of the authorities extending the tenure of Chief Justice Raus Sharif.

The Bar, which represents the voice of some 18,000 lawyers in the peninsula, said it would be unconstitutional to extend Raus’ term beyond the prescribed age limit.

“It is our considered view that such an extension, if it is carried out, would be unconstitutional,” its president George Varughese said in a statement today.

Varughese said this in response to a recent report in the The Malaysian Insight, which quoted a Putrajaya source as saying the tenure of Raus and national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar was expected to be extended up to two years to ensure continuity as the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) faces the general election by August 2018. Read more