KOTA KINABALU: Ten Native Courts involving a total cost of about RM35 million will be built in Sabah under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).
State Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor said so far the construction of six Native Courts was being implemented in the districts of Penampang, Keningau and Kudat each estimated to cost RM5 million.
The project would also be implemented in the district of Lahad Datu with an estimated cost of RM7.2 million, Sandakan (RM6.7 million), and Tuaran (RM6.3 million) while four more Native Courts would be built next year.
Hajiji18“The government is also setting up the Sabah Native Courts Training Institute (ILMANS), which is being implemented in the district of Penampang with an estimated cost of RM30 million, he said when replying to a question from Jelani Hamdan (PKR-Matunggong) during the question and answer session at the State Legislative Assembly sitting, here today.
Hajiji, who is the Sulaman State Assemblyman, said the government planned to set up the Sabah Native Courts Department (JKANS) although this was still at the proposal stage.
Hajiji also disclosed that the government has no intention of making any fundamental changes to the Native Courts that was unique to the state.
He said there was plan to merge the Native Courts with the conventional or Syariah courts.
Instead, the state was determined to improve the Native Court institution by providing training for judges and their support staff.