Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat is Malaysia’s first female chief justice. (Source: https://www.malaymail.com)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) –
Malaysia has appointed Federal Court judge Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat as its first ever female chief justice, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

The appointment was made following the approval of the King of Malaysia.

The appointment of Tengku Maimun as Chief Justice was effective from May 2, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Tengky Maimun replaced previous Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who retired after serving 27 years in the judiciary

According to the judiciary’s website, Tengku Maimun started her judicial career as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 2, 2006.

She was appointed a High Court judge on September 5, 2007, before becoming a Court of Appeal judge on January 8, 2013. She was further promoted as a Federal Court judge on November 26, 2018.

The Chief Justice of Malaysia, also known as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, is the highest position of the Malaysian judiciary system.-VNA