KOTA KINABALU: Sabah feels deeply honoured by the appointment of Tan Sri Richard Malanjum as Malaysia's Chief Justice, said Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Sabah Chief Minister said the state government "deeply appreciated" the decision by the Conference of Rulers and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to appoint Malanjum as Chief Justice.
Shafie said it was an honour for Sabah to have one of its own to hold the highest judicial post in the country.
"We sincerely thank the Conference of Rulers and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir for appointing Malanjum, a native Sabahan, to be the new Chief Justice of Malaysia.
"It is his credentials and contributions to the legal fraternity that make him an appropriate choice. His appointment is a manifestation of meritocracy in Malaysia," Shafie said at media conference Saturday (July 14).
"His vast experience spans almost 40 years and his contributions are notable.
"He has helped hundreds of villagers to obtain necessary documents by way of dispatching mobile courts to the remotest parts of Sabah and successfully introduced the e-filing system in the East Malaysian courts," he said.
The state government believes the appointment of the Chief Justice will further expedite the delivery of justice for all Malaysians.
The Chief Minister said that the Pakatan Harapan-led Government aims to serve all its people irrespective of race and religion.