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Wednesday March 10, 2010

Sabah to find land for court near city centre

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will try to accommodate the Judicial Department’s request for an area near the city’s downtown as the site for the new Kota Kinabalu court complex.

State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan said he would bring the matter up with Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman.

Pairin, who is the Deputy Chief Minister, said he was aware that the current court complex along Jalan Tugu was too congested and did not have enough space for parking and for file storage.

“The state has actually offered the department a site near Likas Bay but the area was said to be a bit too far from downtown,” he said after touring the complex which underwent extensive renovations, including the construction of more courtrooms, several years ago.

In a briefing earlier, Sessions Court judge Ismail Brahim told Pairin that the proposed site near Likas Bay was unsuitable as the project would involve land reclamation and thus incur high costs.

He said the distance between the proposed area and downtown Kota Kinabalu would also pose a problem to the public.

Ismail said that among the various alternatives being considered were further expansion to the existing complex.

On another matter, Pairin said he was impressed with the adoption of information technology by the courts here.

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