5 September 2007 – Lawyer Zaki Azmi, a former Umno legal adviser and disciplinary committee chairperson, becomes Federal Court judge. He is the first lawyer to be appointed straight to the highest court.
Three months later:
5 December 2007 – Zaki becomes Court of Appeal President, the No. 2 post in the judiciary.
11 months later:
29 October 2008 – Zaki is appointed Chief Justice, the top post in the judiciary.
From lawyer to Chief Justice – all in less than 14 months i.e. little more than a year. Chalk up another one for the Malaysia Book of Records – or is that a world record?