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
1976 President of the Sessions Court (Tk. Intan; K. Kangsar); Senior Assistant Registrar of the High Court (Penang)
1973 Magistrate, Magistrate’s Court (KL; Tk. Intan)
1972 Practising Advocate & Solicitor
1972 Called to the Malaysian Bar
1971 Called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-Law (Hon. Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK)
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