| Putrajaya, Malaysia | 18 April 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Former judge Jagjit Singh Bant Singh has been appointed as the Competition Commissioner for a three-year term effective 1 April 2017.
He received his appointment letter from Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak yesterday.
“It’s a Vaisakhi gift by the Prime Minister to the Sikh community,” he tells in a short statement sent to Asia Samachar. Sikhs in Malaysia and around the world are still celebrating Vaisakhi to mark the birth of the Khalsa.
The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) enforces the Competition Act 2010 to promote economic development by promoting and protecting the process of competition. Competition encourages efficiency, innovation and entrepreneurship which promotes competitive prices, improvement in the quality of products and services and provides wider choices for consumers.
Jagjit holds a Bachelor in Laws (Hons) and Masters in Law from King’s College, London.
He retired last year from the government service after 38 years in the judicial and legal service. He had served as a magistrate, senior federal counsel, assistant parliamentary draftsman, deputy treasury solicitor, legal advisor to the Ministry of Health, Deputy Public Prosecutor and Sessions Court Judge in Kuantan, Seremban and Kuala Lumpur.
As a Sikh, he said he was proud to have drafted the “No Smoking” laws when he was the Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Health.
Smoking is highly frowned upon by Sikhs, counting as one of the four bajar kurehat or things to abstain when a Sikh takes the Khalsa initiation.
He is also the founding partner of Jagjit Ariff & Co and went on to make his mark as a criminal and preventive detention lawyer.
Jagjit has written two books, “Practical Approach to the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights” and “Civil Procedure.”
Upon his retirement, he was appointed as an independent director of Tokio Marine Insurans Bhd.
Jagjit said the appointment was ‘timely’ and looks forward towards creating a fair and conducive economic environment to promote economic growth in the country.
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