WHICH WILL THEY CHOOSE – ROYAL ADVICE OR ‘DEDAK’? SELANGOR SULTAN TELLS JUDGES TO ALWAYS PROTECT INTEGRITY, INDEPENDENCE OF JUDICIARY
SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Thursday reminded court judges and judicial officers to always protect the integrity and independence of the judiciary.
The Sultan said respect for the judgments and decisions of the courts depended on public confidence in the integrity and independence of the judges in making decisions without fear or favour.
In this regard, the Sultan said the judges were required to make decisions in a professional manner based on the Constitution and law, and without being influenced by the interest of certain parties, public opinion pressure or fear of being criticised.
“Court judges can only side with the Constitution and the law, and not with other parties.
“Indeed freedom, peace, progress and the rule of law can only be upheld and guaranteed if the people have full confidence in the independence and integrity of the judiciary.
“Carry out the tasks entrusted, with sincerity, honesty, diligence and efficiency to hear and solve the cases before them,” the Sultan said when officially opening the new Klang Court building, here.
Also present were Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Sultan Sharafuddin commended the Malaysian judiciary for taking the approach of appointing judges from among the advocates and solicitors with the qualifications, talent and integrity to hold the post.
The Sultan said this approach would encourage diversity in expertise and legal knowledge in the Malaysian judiciary in facing the challenge of dealing with current legal issues in Malaysia.
Sultan Sharafuddin, meanwhile, also thanked the Malaysian judiciary for having built the additional building for the Klang Court complex, to enable the Sessions and Magistrate’s courts to be located in one place, besides providing comfort to members of the public dealing with the courts.