President of Bumiputera Court of Appeal, Datu Thomas Akin Jelimin, mourned for contributions to Dayak customary law

Uggah (second right) paying his last respects at the late Thomas’ residence at Taman BDC Stampin in Kuching on March 14, 2024. Photo credit: TVS

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 14: Datu Thomas Akin Jelimin, president of the Bumiputera Court of Appeal, who died last Tuesday, was described as someone who made significant contributions to the customary law of the Dayak community.

According to a TVS news report, Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas stated that during the late Thomas’ lifetime, he was one of the key figures who assisted the Sarawak government in drafting a bill related to Bumiputera Land Rights (NCR), Pemakai Menoa, and Galau Island in 2017, when the ordinance was amended.

“The late Datu Thomas worked diligently and worked hard to help us with his ideas in efforts and methods to resolve the issue,” he was quoted as saying in the news report.

Uggah made the remarks when met while paying his last respects at the late Thomas’ residence at Taman BDC Stampin here, today.

The minister further said that the late Thomas was also directly involved in the process of upgrading the Native Customary Court.

The news report further noted that he was an important person who helped shape the direction of the court.

The late Thomas, who hailed from Ulu Bawan, Kanowit breathed his last on Tuesday evening (March 12) at the age of 74.

He leaves behind a widow, Datin Nancy Anyau, a son, and two daughters. — DayakDaily