KUALA LUMPUR, 29 Oct 2008: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin today handed over the instruments of appointment to the new Chief Justice of the Federal Court, Appeals Court president and Chief Judge of Malaya, at Istana Negara here.
The ceremony began at 9am with the letters being given respectively to Tan Sri Zaki Tun Azmi, Tan Sri Alauddin Datuk Sheriff and Datuk Ariffin Zakaria.
Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail.
Zaki, 63, the son of the late Chief Justice Tun Azmi Mohamed, was appointed as a Federal Court judge in November last year and two months after that was elevated as Appeals Court president.
Alauddin, 62, prior to this was appointed Chief Judge of Malaya on Sept 5 2007 while Ariffin, 58, had been a Federal Court judge since 2006 after serving as an Appeals Court judge for six years since 1996.
Tuanku Mizan later received the credentials of six ambassadors and a high commissioner.
They were from Emile Rwamasirabo (Rwanda), Marc Barety (France), Tapio Kalevi Saarela (Finland), Svend Waever (Denmark), Ensar Eminovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Liu Jian (Republic of China) and Veali Vagi, who is Papua New Guinea’s High Commissioner to Malaysia). — Bernama