Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah

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Mohamed Dzaiddin bin Haji Abdullah, born in Arau, Perlis on 16 September 1937 is the third Chief Justice of Malaysia.[1]

He had his early education at Sultan Abdul Hamid College (Alor Setar, Kedah). In 1956 he worked as a journalist with The Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur) and later joined the Royal Malayan Police Force as an Inspector.

Dzaiddin read law at the Middle Temple and was called to the English Bar in June 1966. In January 1967 he was called to the Malayan Bar and commenced practice at Kota Bharu, Kelantan and later Kuala Lumpur. A former Chairman of the Kelantan Bar Committee and for several years a member of the Bar Council, in 1981, Dzaiddin became the Vice-President of the Malaysian Bar until his elevation to High Court Judge in October 1982. In 1996 he became Chairman of the ASEAN Law Association of Malaysia and in 1997, was elected President of the ASEAN Law Association.

Dzaiddin started his judicial career as a part-time Judicial Commissioner in 1979. Upon elevation to High Court Judge in October 1982, he served in the Criminal Division of the Kuala Lumpur High Court. In 1984 he was transferred to the High Court of Penang. In 1993 he was promoted to the Supreme Court Bench, which later became known as the Federal Court. On 20 December 2000, he was appointed the Chief Justice of Malaysia and had the distinction of being the first legal practitioner to be elevated to the highest judicial office.

In June 2000, he was bestowed the Grade of Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) by the Yang DiPertuan Agong, which carries the title "Tan Sri".
Subsequently in June 2002, he was bestowed the Grade of Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM) by the Yang DiPertuan Agong, which carries the title "Tun".

An avid golfer, Dzaiddin is married to Tengku Toh Puan Noriah and they have two children.

On 4 February 2004 Dzaiddin was appointed by the Yang di Pertuan Agong as chairman of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police. On 30 April 2005,the Report was submitted to the Government. It contained 125 recommendations,the core proposal was the establishment of a body called the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).


  1. ^ Group, Taylor & Francis (2004-09). Europa World Year Book 2. Taylor & Francis. pp. 2760–. ISBN 978-1-85743-255-8. Retrieved 2 August 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)