It has been reported that the Conference of Rulers that is ongoing had endorsed the request made by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to appoint Tan Sri Zaki Azmi as the next Chief Justice although the Prime Minister had assured the rakyat that he will reform the judiciary.
Tan Sri Zaki who was recently appointed as a President of the Court of Appeal has direct dealings with UMNO and had served in many positions in the political party and government institutions, which undermines his credibility for being fair and to uphold justice.
At the same time, Tan Sri Zaki had also carried out illegal acts like marrying a second wife by dubious means and later unable to register it. This only came to light at the divorce proceedings at the Syariah Court. It was reported that during the courtship days, he had confess that he will remain with her forever.
Since there are various disputable factors, Tan Sri Zaki Azmi SHOULD NOT be appointed as Chief Justice to preserve the independence of the judiciary and in upholding justice.
The rakyat, the stakeholders should be allowed to vote the next Chief Justice on their respective candidate credentials.