Sabah gets new woman AG, mayor

At the helm: Nor Asiah (left) and Noorliza.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah deputy Attorney General Datuk Nor Asiah Mohd Yusof has been appointed as the state AG.

She replaces Datuk Brenndon Keith Soh who resigned on Nov 23, just four months after his appointment.

Nor Asiah, a 50-year-old graduate of the International Islamic University Malaysia, is the fourth woman Sabah AG.

The other women AGs were Datuk Kinnie Li Yun Ken (1968-1972), Datuk Mariati Robert (2013-2017) and Datuk Rose Zaleha Pandin (2017-July 2020).

Nor Asiah received her letter of appointment from Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor yesterday.

Her appointment comes after Soh, who was appointed by the previous Warisan Plus state government, resigned from the post in an apparent mutual agreement between the state and him.

Soh is now placed at the Chief Minister’s Department as a legal adviser.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu City Hall director-general Noorliza Awang Alip will be the city’s first woman mayor when she replaces incumbent Datuk Nordin Siman, whose contract ends on Thursday.

Noorliza, 55, a career civil servant, also received her letter of appointment from Hajiji.

The Chief Minister said the appointment of the two women was a reflection of the government’s recognition of the capability of women.

“The state government will always give priority for women to head important positions in the state.

“These appointments are among the initiatives we are undertaking to select qualified women, especially those senior and experienced officers in their respective departments or organisations, to be recognised, ” he said in a statement.

Hajiji added that the state would focus on giving women and young professionals opportunities to play more roles in developing Sabah.

Nor Asiah, in thanking the state government, said there was a lot of work to do to update various Sabah ordinances, including those for strata titles.

Noorliza, meanwhile, said her appointment as a mayor was a recognition of the role of women in the state’s development.

“It shows that the state government recognises women and I believe that it will be an inspiration for other women, ” said Noorliza, who has been working with the city hall since 1996 when it was still a municipal council.

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