AAS urges nation’s top 2 judges to resign

Ranbir Singh Sangha -file pic

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KUCHING, June 11: The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has called for the immediate resignation of the nation’s two top judges.

AAS president Ranbir Singh Sangha, in a statement today, said Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin had reached the constitutional mandatory retirement age of 66 years and six months last year.

Recently, certain quarters have called upon the duo to resign.

“It is the view of the AAS that since there are so many calls for their resignations as reported in the press, the two should announce their resignations immediately and with immediate effect because they continue to serve in their present posts beyond the age limit as prescribed by the Federal Constitution,” Ranbir said.

He added that given recent developments in the country, it had become untenable for them to continue holding their current posts respectively.

“The AAS maintains the view that they should immediately and without delay at the very least inform the nation of whether they are going to resign from their respective post or not, and if they are going to resign, when do they intend to do so.

“As it is pointless in keeping Malaysians waiting for an answer, AAS also believes that if the duo resigns immediately, it would indeed be an honourable act on their part,” said Ranbir.

Raus was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court with effect from Aug 4, 2017, while Zulkifli was appointed Court of Appeal president from Sept 28, 2017. — DayakDaily