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The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj officiating the First Meeting of the Fifth Session of the 14th Selangor State Legislative Assembly, at the Annex Building in Shah Alam, on March 14, 2022. — Picture by REMY ARIFIN/SELANGORKINI

Sultan Sharafuddin reminds executive branch on importance of upholding judicial independence

SHAH ALAM, Sept 12 — The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj reminded the executive branch to always fully uphold the principle of judicial independence and steer clear of any attempts to influence the process of administration of justice in the country.

His Royal Highness said judicial independence should be preserved with the support, understanding and commitment of all quarters, especially the executive branch.

“In this connection, I urge all quarters to work together by taking steps towards defending and ensuring the independence of the judicial body for the sake of the country’s well-being and prosperity,” Sultan Sharafuddin said in a statement today.

His Royal Highness asked the people to place complete trust in the country’s judicial system and to refrain from making unfounded allegations without knowing the facts and grounds of judgment in any particular case.

Sultan Sharafuddin said any baseless allegations would create a negative perception of the independence of the judicial authority and definitely erode public confidence and trust in the system of administration of justice in the country.

“Such a situation will also indirectly affect the good name of the country on the international stage,” the Sultan added.

His Royal Highness also expressed full support for the address by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah last Monday (September 5) regarding the prerogatives of the power of pardon which could not be exercised arbitrarily merely for the interests of certain quarters.

Sultan Sharafuddin said the people should understand that the process of pardon needs to be implemented according to the legal provisions and procedures stipulated in the relevant constitution and laws.

“Everyone in this country needs to be served with justice, fairness and transparency by the judicial body presiding over any case.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of all parties to always preserve the good name of the judiciary so that it is not marred by any form of influence and pressure,” His Royal Highness added.

— Bernama

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