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Who heads the Judiciary of Malaysia?

The Chief Justice (CJ) of Malaysia, also known as the Ketua Hakim Negara in Malay, heads the Judiciary of Malaysian. The title Chief Justice, is formerly known as the Lord President until 1994.

The Chief Justice is appointed to the post by His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia on the advice of the Prime Minister after consulting the Conference of Rulers.

The Chief Justice is also the presiding member of the Federal Court, the highest court in Malaysia.

The present Chief Justice of Malaysia is Tun Dato' Seri Arifin bin Zakaria, who holds the position since September 2011.

Former Chief Justices of Malaysia are:
  • Tun Dato' Seri Abdul Hamid bin Haji Omar (1988 [7th Lord President] - 1994 [1st Chief Justice of Malaysia])
  • Tun Dato' Seri Haji Mohamed Eusoff bin Chin (1994 - 2003)
  • Tun Dato' Seri Mohamed Dzaiddin bin Haji Abdullah (2000 - 2003)
  • Tun Dato' Sri Ahmad Fairuz bin Dato' Sheikh Abdul Halim (2003 - 2007)
  • Tun Dato' Seri Abdul Hamid bin Haji Mohamad (November 2007 -2008)
  • Tun Dato' Seri Zaki bin Tun Azmi (October 2008 - September 2011)


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