Earlier today, 5 December, three female Appeals Court judges were elevated to hold the highest posts in the Malaysian Judiciary system
According to Bernama, the three female judges were promoted to the post of Federal Court judges, the apex court in Malaysia.
They are Datuk Zaleha Yusof, Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof, and Datuk Hasnah Mohammed Hashim.
Another female judge was named as the President of the Court of Appeal
Datuk Rohana Yusuf, who is a Federal Court judge, was sworn in today, making her the first woman to reach the second-highest position in the judiciary, reported Malay Mail.
Rohana’s swearing-in was said to be witnessed by Chief Justice (CJ) Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who created history earlier this year after she was appointed as the first female CJ in Malaysia.
Other than the aforementioned female judges, the other female Federal Court judge is Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan.
Following the promotions, there are now a total of six female Federal Court judges – a first in Malaysian history
“For the first time, the apex court will have a total of six women judges,” Free Malaysia Today quoted a source as saying.
According to AskLegal, there are 10 positions in the Federal Court, namely Chief Justice, the President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Judge of Malaya, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, and six Federal Court judges.
Meanwhile, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressed his happiness at the appointments
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah conveyed that the appointment of many female judges reflects the efforts and sensitiveness of the national administration in featuring the involvement of women in the judiciary, Chief Comptroller of Istana Negara, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement.
The Agong gave out eight official appointment letters at the Istana Negara earlier today, out of which only three were male judges.
One other female judge from the High Court, Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail, was appointed as Appeals Court judge.
Go, go, female power!
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