KUALA LUMPUR: Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia, effective today.
He succeeds Tun Arifin Zakaria who retired as Chief Justice after reaching the age of 66 years and six months.
According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V consented to the appointment as per Clause (1), Article 122B of the Federal Constitution, on the advice of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and after consultations with the Conference of Rulers.
The statement said that Sultan Muhammad also consented to the appointment of Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as Court of Appeal president, replacing Md Raus.
It added that Federal Court judge Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop was appointed as Chief Judge of Malaya, succeeding Zulkefli.
All the appointments are effective April 1.--BERNAMA