By Sitti Nor Azizah Talata
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government expressed its appreciation to the mobile court programme, which to date has disposed of not less than 80,000 cases of document-less children in Sabah.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the successful programme has shown that no ethnic group in Sabah is spared when it comes not registering ones documents on time.
Mohd Shafie said the State Government takes a serious view of the indigenous peoples living in the rural areas who are yet to be made citizens.
“Just as there thousands of ethnic Kadazan, Dusun, Murut and Rungus people, or for that matter, the Lundayeh people living in Long Pasia, there are also a good number of children in the east coast whose parents had failed to register them at birth.
“This has to be addressed to avoid unnecessary complications when they enrol for further education. This is giving the proper documents to Sabahan children,” he said when delivering his speech at the gala dinner in conjunction with the Opening Of The Legal Year 2019 for Sabah and Sarawak.
Mohd Shafie said the noble exercise of the judiciary’s mobile court program brings the judiciary to the people located in rural areas, enabling the verification of the birth certificates that have been registered beyond the forty-two days period.
He added once the magistrates are satisfied with the authenticity of details in the birth certificate, they will thereafter endorse the birth certificates accordingly.
Thereafter he said, the successful applicants will be permitted to apply for an identification card from the National Registration Department entitling them to regular privileges enjoyed by ordinary citizens of the nation.
“We are deeply appreciative to Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, the Chief Justice of Malaysia who spearheaded this exercise whilst he was Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. I am heartened to note that this has continued with his successor, Datuk Seri David Wong.
“Most recently, the mobile court has been to some of the furthest rural areas of Sabah, such as Pensiangan and Long Pasia.
“The mobile court is also involved in corporate social responsibilities such as providing books for poor rural children and adopting kampongs by arranging with relevant authorities to provide amenities such as electricity and phone lines.
“Mobile court also helped in repairing building of hostels and clinics in rural kampungs visited. Other than that I am pleased to observe that the judiciary has also undertaken community work, especially in relation to the environment,” he said. – SabahNewsToday