Native court revamp to take time: Minister
Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2019
By: Mardinah Jikur

SANDAKAN: Several systems and improvements have and will be carried out by the Native Courts, said Minister of Law and Native Affairs, Datuk Aidi Moktar. 

He said the restructuring will take time due to the creation of several posts and Native Court laws. 

He said the Native Court will strive to restructure as best as it can this year, among them is for district chiefs to carry out trials and there will be Native Chiefs who will be tasked with the Native Courts’ financial arrangements. 

“In addition, there will be Native Chiefs who will perform tasks involving customary duties and native certificates, while Native Chief Representatives will also be assigned to their respective duties, among them at the registration and filing sections. 

“That is why in the selection of our Customary Chiefs, district chiefs and village heads, we give priority to retired government officials,” he said. 

He said the State Cabinet Policy has stated that the age limit is 40- to 75-years-old, thus, if the pensioner is 60-years-old they still have the opportunity to be appointed until the age 75, depending on their health. 

He said this to reporters shortly after officiating the Presentation Ceremony of Appointment of Sandakan District Customary Heads held at the Libaran Multipurpose Hall, here, Saturday. 

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Datuk Stephen Wong, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Arifin Asgali, Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Arunarnsin Taib and Sandakan Municipal Council Deputy President Mohd Hamsan Awang Supain, among others. 

During the ceremony, Aidi, who represented the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, presented 73 appointment letters to Native Chiefs, Native Chiefs Representatives, Village Heads and Kapitans here. 

He hoped customary leaders and those appointed will carry out the duties mandated to them as best as they can. 

Regarding bureaucratic red tape in the previous government, he said, not all officers behaved that way, as there are those who are honest and sincere in carrying out their duties and are still serving to this day, carrying out the responsibility mandated to them in a transparent manner. 

On that note, Aidi said the people should continue to maintain the harmony of various races, religions and cultures in Sabah. 

“For that, it is important for us to avoid discrimination, avoid extremism and to not have racial traits in our culture,” he said. - Mardinah Jikur


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