KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Law Society president Brenndon Keith Soh has been appointed as the new Sabah Attorney General (SAG).
He took over from Datuk Zaleha Rose Pandin on July 11,2020, and his term will end on July 10,2022.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Soh was an icon in the legal fraternity and a resident of the bar council in Sabah with a vast knowledge of the system.
“I am confident he can enhance and improve our legal system and help in the restructuring of law reforms in Sabah, ” he said after handing over the appointment letter to Soh on Friday (July 24).
He said there were laws that needed to be restructured, especially overlapping ones and those that needed updating in line with current times.
Soh said there was a need for existing state laws to be modernised so that they stay relevant for the state and the people.
“These will include future amendments to the Land Ordinance, Environmental Laws as well as new laws for Building Management to regulate the ownership and management of multi-storey developments, ” he said.
“We will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders and the people to ensure that such laws are not only suitable but practical, ” he said.
Soh said he valued collaboration with the private practitioners of the legal fraternity in the state law reform committee and anticipated future coordination on matters of common interest with the Sabah Law Society.
He said that taking over from his predecessors on a solid platform, he will focus on capacity building, realising talent and being future-ready.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled by this constitutional appointment by the Yang Di Pertua Negeri, and especially to the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal for the trust placed in me for this position, ” he said.
Soh said the Sabah AG's Chambers will continue the principles of justice and fairness to all concerned in accordance with the principles of equality before the law and equal protection of the law.
“As the state Attorney General, I pledge to uphold the rule of law in relation to the federal and state constitutions and will continue the pursuit of our state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-Governmental Committee Report (IGC), ” he said.
He said the chambers of the SAG will maintain and provide sound and fundamental legal advice to the state government, the various ministries and departments as they work towards enhancing the notions of good governance, transparency and accountability.