PBK disagrees with directive to allow certain court services to operate

Voon Lee Shan

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KUCHING, May 4: The courts in Sarawak should not follow the directive by Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat to allow the Court Registry and Commissioners to operate, opines Parti Bumi Kenyalang president Voon Lee Shan.

Voon, who is also a practising lawyer added that law firms should not open for business as well.

“This is Sarawak and the Sarawak Security Council should take charge. Any directive affecting the lives and security of the people of Sarawak must be done with consultation and decision of the state government. The Chief Judge should be mindful of this protocol.

“The safety of the people of Sarawak lies with the state government and the state government knows better. One life lost is more precious than all the revenue collected by the court in the registry,” Voon asserted in a statement.

He pointed out that Malaysia has yet to win the fight against Covid-19 and political leaders or heads of government departments should not make decisions hastily concerning the relaxation of lockdown measures without input from medical experts.

Voon claimed that many medical experts are against the relaxation of lockdown measures at this moment.

“In the northern part of Hokkaido, Japan, the mayor relaxed the lockdown which showed a sudden lunge (sic) of Covid-19 infections. We need to be mindful that Sarawak does not have the test kits and manpower to conduct Covid-19 tests. There could be many outside there who have contracted this deadly disease.

“We also do not have manpower and facilities to look after the victims. Many on the frontlines especially the medical staff have contracted the virus and this has caused a shortage of medical staff in hospitals,” he added.

As there is no vaccine available yet, Voon asserted that any relaxation of the lockdown is not wise. — DayakDaily