PENAMPANG – United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) in its Convention on Saturday passed a resolution calling for Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to be the country’s next Chief Justice.
The final motion was among six resolutions passed by delegates at Penampang Cultural Centre here.
Tabling the motion was Pancratius Pudin, which was later approved unanimously by delegates
Participating in the debate, Nelson Anggang said the call was being made not because Malanjum is from Sabah, but that he had shown his capability, especially in transforming the judicial in Sabah and Sarawak after he became the Chief Justice for Sabah and Sarawak.
“Under his leadership, the judiciary system in Sabah and Sarawak has seen tremendous transformation including among others having the long standing problems of backlogs in the courts resolved.
“Before this, if we recall one case might take up to three years before it can be heard in Court,” said Nelson, adding that this was a thing of the past when Malanjum took over.
Malanjum also introduced the mobile court that had gone into the interior to assist the people with late registration of birth certificate.
The country’s present Chief Justice, Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria is due for retirement next March.