In a statement, it said the three-year appointment effective April 27, 2019, was made under subsection 5(2) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999 [Act 597] with the consent of the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
Other than Othman, the commissioners are former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Md Yunus; economist Medaline Berma; Datuk Godfrey Gregory; Datuk Mah Weng Kwai; Datuk Lok Yim Pheng; Assoc Prof Dr Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh and Jerald S. Joseph.
The PMO said in accordance with subsection 6 (1) of Act 597, the king had also consented to the appointment as Suhakam chairman of Othman, who is a former Foreign Ministry secretary-general.
Suhakam was last chaired by Tan Sri Razali Ismail who resigned on April 16, barely two weeks before expiry of his term on April 27.
On April 25, seven commissioners also completed their three-year term of service and five were reappointed, namely, Lok, Mah, Nik Salida, Godfrey and Jerald.
The last round of appointments was made in July 2016 and backdated to April that year.