Abang Iskandar first Sarawakian to be appointed Court of Appeal president

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim. Photo credit: Office Of The Chief Registrar, Federal Court Of Malaysia's website

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KUCHING, Jan 16: Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim is expected to be promoted to Court of Appeal president.

The 63-year-old’s appointment would mark the first time in history that a Sarawakian held the post.

This was reported by the news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) today, which also said that the Federal Court judge Dato Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, 65, would assume the post of Chief Judge of Malaya.

The posts of the Court of Appeal president and Chief Judge of Malaya are the second and third highest on the judicial ladder, respectively.

The report further said that Federal Court judge Abdul Rahman Sebli, 63, will take over Abang Iskandar’s role as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

“They are expected to receive their appointment letters from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah) tomorrow morning before taking their oaths of office at the Palace of Justice in the afternoon,” it stated.

At the same time, Court of Appeal judge Nordin Hassan will be elevated to Federal Court judge while High Court judges Azman Abdullah, Azimah Omar, Collin Lawrence Sequerah, Zaini Mazlan, Wong Kian Keong and Lim Chong Fong will be elevated to the Court of Appeal. — DayakDaily