KOTA BARU: Pas hopes that the appointment of Tan Sri Richard Malanjum as the new Chief Justice (CJ) will not cause any impact on the position and the privilege of Islam as stated in the Federal Constitution.
The party’s secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said many people are worried over the appointment based on the history of some cases handled by Malanjum who was the former chief judge of Sabah.
“The jurisdiction of CJ is very wide because he is the one who will decide the judge quorum when hearing certain cases.
“Therefore, Pas is hoping that the new CJ will act in discretion and take into consideration with regard to matters according to Article 3 of the Federal Constitution which states that Islam is the Federal religion,” he said.
The Kota Baru MP told this to reporters after attending a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering organised by the Kelantan Media Club, here, last night.
Takiyuddin said many syariah cases were referred to the civil court including those under the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993 which should only be discussed in the civil court.
“He (Malanjum) should try to be more sensitive on the issues involving Islam and also those involving the interest of the majority in the country.
“If possible, Pas wants the new CJ to use his discretionary power based on law,” he said.
Source:New Straits Times