M’sian judiciary should function without bias or fear, says chief justice

CHIEF Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat today assures that the Malaysian judiciary, through the principles of the rule of law espoused by the ASEAN collaboration will continue to perform its function without fear or favour and without bias for any particular party.

Tengku Maimun said it is important to recognise that while the ASEAN region is characterised by different legal systems, the principles of adherence to the rule of law and promotion of good governance form the essence of the region’s diverse legal landscape.

“This shared aspiration, in my view, represents one of the fundamental threads woven into the vibrant ASEAN tapestry—our pride,” she said in her welcoming address at the 14th ASEAN Law Association (ALA) General Assembly 2023 today.

She added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim himself is an ardent believer in these canonical principles and his support shows how the executive and judiciary can continue to perform their functions independently of each other and yet, at the same time, provide support where it is needed.

“In fact, despite our differences, and as members of the legal profession in the ASEAN region, we share a deep-seated dedication to the pursuit of justice.

“This duty transcends national borders and legal systems. In the bigger scheme of things, our collective commitment to justice, irrespective of our individual backgrounds, reaffirms our unity and strengthens our resolve as we continue to uphold the rule of law and promote cooperation within the ASEAN region,” Tengku Maimun further added.

Apart from that, she also appreciated the fact that today’s conference brings together brilliant minds from different countries, cultures and legal systems.

“In my view, it is in this harmonious amalgamation of perspectives that we can find solutions to the complex problems affecting our region,” she stated.

Also present were the Law and Institutional Reform Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Singapore Chief Justice cum ALA president Sundaresh Menon and former Malaysia chief justice Tun Zaki Tun Mohd Azmi. – Oct 19, 2023


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