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PBRS repeats support for Malanjum for CJ post

14th June, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Pensiangan MP Arthur Joseph Kurup repeats his support for Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to be appointed to the post of Malaysian Chief Justice to replace Tun Md Raus Sharif who submitted his resignation yesterday effective 31st July 2018.

“Malanjum is most qualified being the most senior judge in the Federal Court and has been outstanding in discharging his duties as Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. He has shown great leadership and has been very innovative in improving our judiciary. He has modernised our judiciary by being the first to implement the electronic case management system which includes the E-Filing and E-Judgment Systems.

“He has also shown great dedication in operating the Mobile Court which has reached the most remote areas in Sabah and Sarawak to provide our rural population with access to basic legal services of the judiciary,” Arthur said.

Malanjum, he added, is also passionate about Sabah Native Courts and has fought hard to preserve and upgrade the role and status of the Native Courts. He also revived the tradition of the annual Opening of Legal Year in Sabah whilst he was a High Court Judge in Sandakan.

“All these achievements prove Tan Sri Richard Malanjum’s exemplary leadership as Chief Judge,” Arthur said. Arthur, who is also PBRS deputy president is confident that if Malanjum is given the chance to hold the post of Malaysian Chief Justice, he would introduce more innovative ways of improving the operation of the judiciary.

“Malanjum would be the first East Malaysian to be appointed to the highest position in the judiciary and it will send a strong signal that everyone in Malaysia has equal opportunity based on merit. West Malaysians have served as Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak before in the past. So it is not a problem for a Sabahan to serve as Malaysian Chief Justice in an era where we are moving towards a new and progressive Malaysia. The best time to create history is now, and we have the best candidate to hold the post,” Arthur opined.

He said he and PBRS give its full support to Malanjum based on merit, proven achievements, and seniority within the judiciary.

Arthur first voiced his support for Malanjum in October 2016 before the retirement of former Malaysian Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria who retired in March 2017 and was replaced by Tun Md Raus Sharif who tendered his resignation yesterday.

   
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