Tun Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim

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Ahmad Fairuz is most remembered for his telephone conversation with Datuk V. K. Lingam and the subsequent Royal Commission of Inquiry it gave rise to.[1]
Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim

Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim (born 1941, age 72) was the 4th Chief Justice of the Federal Court (20032007). He was also acting as Chief Judge of Malaya upon the retirement of Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob on 5 January 2007 until the appointment of Datuk Alauddin Sheriff on 21 October.


2.  Brief biography: Born in Alor Setar, Kedah, Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim obtained his LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Singapore and his LL.M qualification from the University of Brussels in Belgium.

In 1967, Ahmad Fairuz was appointed magistrate in Penang. He slowly climbed up the ranks in the judicial service:

 

3.  Controversies: In September 2007, former Deputy Prime Minister-turned-Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim released a low-quality video, purportedly produced in 2002, showing V.K. Lingam allegedly talking to Ahmad Fairuz, then Chief Judge of the High Court in Malaya, about the latter's appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court. A Royal Commission of Inquiry was then formed to investigate into into the alleged intervention of judicial appointments, after it was recommended by a 3-man panel tasked to determine the authenticity of the video clip. Ahmad Fairuz retired as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, after his tenure which ended on 31 October 2007 was not renewed, due to objection from the Conference of Rulers.  more... at Chronology