Chief Justice: Malaysian court not 'court of the mob'

Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum participating in a group photo during the Opening of the Legal Year 2019 here today. Photos by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf

(From right): Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Malanjum and Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim taking a closer look at 'Panduan Semakan Kehakiman Untuk Pegawai Awam, Suatu Pengenalan' after its launch.

(From left): Attorney General of Malaysia Tommy Thomas and Liew at the Opening of the Legal Year 2019.

Malanjum (right) with President of the Court of Appeal Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop at the press conference after the Opening of the Legal Year 2019.

While the legislature is the will of the majority, the court must remain the conscience of society so as to ensure that the rights and interests of the minority and the weak are safeguarded, said Malanjum.

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PUTRAJAYA (Jan 11): The Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has come out to defend the country's judiciary, saying that Malaysia's court is not the court of the mob.

"Our court is a court of law and not of the mob," he told an audience of some 500 people at the Opening of the Legal Year 2019 here today.

Malanjum's statement was based on the fact that there has been some negative perception of the country's judicial system as a result of unpopular decisions made by the judges.

"We are very conscious that one of the reasons why the public has a negative perception on the courts is that our decisions at times are not in tune with public feelings or the will of the majority," he said.

"Our response to this is a request for understanding on the functions of the courts," he added.

According to Malanjum, while the legislature is the will of the majority the court must remain the conscience of society so as to ensure that the rights and interests of the minority and the weak are safeguarded.