Among's lawyer willing to cooperate with native court if called up

KOTA KINABALU: Lawyer Marcel Jude Joseph is willing to cooperate with the native court if he is called up over his alleged derogatory remarks on the Unduk Ngadau cultural pageant.

He said he will attend hearings if required and in fact, wants the matter to be done in a fair and just manner.

“I request a full hearing,” he said.

This comes after Huguan Siou Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is the paramount leader of the Kadazandusun Murut communities in Sabah, urged for a sogit (customary penalty) to be imposed on Marcel for making such remarks.

Penampang native court chief Charles Masius said they were in the process of preparing documents and to set a date for a hearing regarding this matter.

He said two groups comprising the Sabah Unduk Ngadau Association as well as village chiefs from Penampang, have filed their report on the matter.

Marcel is the lawyer representing Sabah STAR party leader Phillip Among who was accused of molesting two women including an Unduk Ngadau contestant recently.

He had allegedly stated in his notes for bail submission for his client where he compared the Unduk Ngadau to a "cattle show".

He had likened the Unduk Ngadau pageant to an "exotic cattle show" and an "auction" in his three-page submission, which went viral on social media.

He, however, maintained that those words were never uttered in open court during the hearing at the Magistrate’s Court here last week.

Marcel had later apologised for the matter but said the words were not retractable.

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