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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Jan 9: The Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak should have an official residence of his own instead of staying in hotels, says Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
The Minister In The Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said the current set up is that the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak shuttles to and fro between Sabah and Sarawak.
“It is inappropriate for us to welcome the Chief Judge by placing them in whatever (sic) places.
“We cannot treat them like ministers and let them stay in hotels.
“Therefore, we will build a residence for the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said at a press conference held at the Kuching Court Complex today.
He further said such accommodation is not just directed towards the the chief justice’s comfort but also his safety and the image of the judiciary system.
Additionally, he said the requirement for the construction of the official residence of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kuching is in line with the qualifications as stated in the Judges’ Remuneration Act 1972.
The present Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak is Tan Sri Dato’ Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim who was appointed to the position on Feb 20, 2020. ― DayakDaily