Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai

Arbitrator (AIAC)
Mediator (Malaysian Mediator Centre)
Retired Judge, Court of Appeal, Malaysia

T:    +6 03 7887 2702
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E:    mwk@mahwengkwai.com

Dato’ Mah Weng Kwai was called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law in 1971 and to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in July 1972.

In 1973 Dato’ Mah joined the Judicial and Legal Services of Malaysia and held, inter alia, the posts of Magistrate, President of the Sessions Court and Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court. He also served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Federal Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Dato’ Mah obtained his Master of Laws degree with Honours in 1985 from the University of Sydney, Australia and in 1999 was appointed a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney.

He left the Judicial and Legal Services in 1985 and commenced private practice as an advocate and solicitor as the principal of Mah Weng Kwai & Associates.

Dato’ Mah is a past-President of the Malaysian Bar and of LAWASIA, the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific. He was also a member of the Legal Profession Qualifying Board and the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board both established under the Legal Profession Act 1976.

On 4.1.2010 Dato’ Mah was appointed a Judicial Commissioner of the High Court of Malaya and on 10.8.2011 a Judge of the High Court of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal, Malaysia on 21.9.2012.

Dato’ Mah returned to MahWengKwai & Associates as a Consultant after his retirement as a Court of Appeal Judge in February 2015. He is on the AIAC’s panel of arbitrators and is certified as a mediator by the Malaysian Mediation Centre.

In February 2016, Dato’ Mah was appointed Commissioner and Chairman of Legal Committee of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) by the Minister of Transport. On 26.4.2016, Dato’ Mah was appointed a Commissioner of The Human Right Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Following the 14th Malaysian General Election in 2018, Dato’ Mah was appointed as a member of the Institutional Reform Committee and was tasked with his fellow committee members to examine the state of key institutions including the Parliament, Police, Elections Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Judiciary, SUHAKAM, as well as restrictive/preventive laws; and to recommend necessary reforms to the Prime Minister.

On 4.9.2018, Dato’ Mah was appointed as a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) by the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Career to date

2015   Consultant, MahWengKwai & Associates
2015   Panel Arbitrator & Mediator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
2012   Judge, Court of Appeal, Malaysia
2011   Hon. Treasurer, ASEAN Law Association
2011   Judge, High Court of Malaya
2010   Judicial Commissioner, High Court of Malaya
2006   President, LawAsia
2001   Qualified Mediator, Malaysian Mediation Centre (MMC)
2001   Vice President, ASEAN Law Association
2001   President, Malaysian Bar
1999   Vice-President, Malaysian Bar
1997   Secretary, Malaysian Bar
1994   Honourary Fellow of the Senate, University of Sydney, Australia
1985   Practising Advocate & Solicitor
1985   Senior Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman, Attorney-General’s Chambers KL
1985   Master of Laws (Hons), University of Sydney, Australia
1984   Admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia
1984   Admitted as a Barrister of the High Court of Canberra, Australia
1981   Sr Federal Counsel, Civil Division , Attorney-General’s Chambers KL
1978  Deputy Public Prosecutor, Attorney-General’s Chambers KL
President of the Sessions Court (Tk. Intan; K. Kangsar); Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court (Penang)
Magistrate, Magistrate’s Court (KL; Tk. Intan)
Practising Advocate & Solicitor
Called to the Malaysian Bar
Called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law (Hon. Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK)

In the Media

1/2/2015 The Star – Justice Mah who made landmark rulings to retire

30/1/2015 Malay Mail – ‘Judges can be persuaded, there’s no pre-judgement,’ says retiring judge

28/9/2014 The Star – A time for reflection