KOTA KINABALU – Sabah PKR acting Chairman Christina Liew has expressed her full support for the recommendation for the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to be appointed the Chief Judge when the term of current Judge Tun Arifin Zakaria expires in March 2017.
The said recommendation was recently made by the retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus and the retired Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopah Sri Ram
In a statement issued here Sunday, Liew opined that it is time for the top judiciary position to be held by a Sabah or Sarawak judge.
“After 53 years of independence, it is time the people of Sabah and Sarawak claim our rightful positions in all aspects including appointment of Chief justice from Sabah and Sarawak,” she stressed.
Liew who is also the Api-Api Assemblywoman further opined that Malanjum is both a qualified and worthy candidate for such a position as he has held his present position as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak for the last 10 years.
She believed if appointed as Chief Justice of Malaysia, Malanjum will carry out his duty fairly and without fear and favor like what he has been doing all these years, as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak.
“His track record holding the position as the Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak shows he is capable in carrying out his duty without fear and favor.
“He is also well respected and recognized for his remarkable effort of introducing the Mobile Court to reach out to the rural poor in the interior of Sabah who could not afford to seek justice in courthouses otherwise.
“In addition, he was also the first judge who initiated the computerization of the courts in Sabah and Sarawak which had greatly improved the judiciary system and benefitted members of the bar, lawyers and judges likewise including the general public who are parties to the litigation,” she highlighted.
“In addition, it will also bridge the gap between Peninsular Malaysia and the 2 Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak insofar the judiciary system is concerned” she added.