New Sarawak Museum receives judge’s robes from Sarawak’s first Federal Court Judge

Sulong (2nd left) handed over his High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court judge gowns to Sarawak Museum department through Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (2nd right), witnessed by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting (right) and the ministry's permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Dec 12: Visitors of the new Sarawak Museum will get to see Sarawak’s own and very first Federal Court judge Tan Sri Sulong Matjeraie’s robe on display soon.

The RM323 million museum complex is expected to open to the public next month.

Sulong, who is a former federal court judge officially handed over three of his previous ‘treasures’ which are his High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court judge robes to the Sarawak Museum Department, through Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah today.

“Sulong is our ‘anak Sarawak’ who has contributed so much to the state and country. We are indeed very proud of him and his achievements especially when he became the first Sarawakian to hold the position as Federal Court judge.

“We are indeed very grateful to Sulong for agreeing and willingly giving the robes he used to the museum as part of a special collection and display. These robes are valuable as it signifies the rankings of different judges,” Abdul Karim said at the handing over ceremony today.

He added that the ministry would create a special gallery for these robes, to showcase and display as a sign of appreciation for Sulong’s commitment, struggles and contributions. —DayakDaily