Prasarana named former chief judge as new chairman

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ pic credit:

PRASARANA Malaysia Bhd has appointed former Chief Judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim (picture) as the company’s chairman effective yesterday, filling the long-empty post left by Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who resigned on Aug 17 last year.

Born in Johor Baru on Nov 17, 1952, Zaharah graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with honours from the University of Malaya and began her career in judicial and legal affairs in April 1977.

After retiring from the judicial and legal services, she was appointed the Commissioner of Judiciary in August 2004 and placed in the civil division of the Kuala Lumpur (KL) High Court followed by the criminal division in Shah Alam High Court from 2004 to 2006.

Her career as a judge started on July 28, 2006, when she was subsequently appointed as a High Court judge at the Shah Alam High Court’s criminal division.

She later went to the commerce division at KL High Court from Jan 1, 2009, to April 13, 2010.

In April 2010, she was appointed as an Appeals Court judge. Her five-year stint at the Appeals Court ended when she became a Federal Court judge on Feb 16, 2015.

Her most prolific post was when she was named the chief judge of Malaya on July 17, 2018, becoming the second woman appointed to the post — the first being Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob in 2004 — and will later retire from it in May this year.

Prasarana Malaysia is a wholly owned company of the Ministry of Finance, whose portfolio consists of owning and managing public transport assets including buses, light rail transit, monorail, mass rapid transit and Penang ferry services.