Idrus Harun reappointed as AG, to serve 6 more months

TAN Sri Idrus Harun’s tenure as attorney-general (AG) has been extended for six more months.

“In accordance with Clause (1) Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has approved the reappointment Idrus Harun as Attorney-General for a period of six months effective from March 6, 2023,” said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali in a Facebook post.

Under Article 145(1), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the prime minister, appoint a person – who is qualified to be a Federal Court judge – to be the attorney general.

Today’s announcement came after Idrus’s two-year term as attorney-general was to officially end on Sunday (March 6).

Idrus, 67, was first appointed on March 6, 2020 to be attorney-general for a two-year term. Idrus replaced Tan Sri Tommy Thomas who had resigned from the position in late February 2020.

Immediately before becoming the attorney general in March 2020, Idrus was serving as a Federal Court judge.

Throughout his 42-year career, the Kedah-born Idrus – who is also a law graduate from Universiti Malaya – had served in multiple positions such as in the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ (AGC) division which is tasked with drafting laws, being the head of the Federal Territory Prosecution Unit, and being a deputy public prosecutor with the AGC.

Idrus had also in the past served as senior federal counsel to both the Election Commission (EC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) predecessor Anti-Corruption Agency, and also as the solicitor-general – the second-highest ranked AGC official after the attorney general – from 2006 to 2014.

He then served as a Court of Appeal judge for about four years, and as Federal Court judge from November 2018 until his March 2020 appointment as attorney general.

Idrus is also the older brother of former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun. – March 3, 2023


Main pic credit: FMT

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