Published on: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Sandakan: The State Government has acknowledged the important role of the native court in settling customary cases, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
In this regard, a number of new approaches would be introduced to enable native chiefs to execute their responsibilities more efficiently when dealing with customary cases, he said.
"We are doing this to ensure that native chiefs and native courts continue to remain relevant," he told reporters after launching the state-level Native Chief Biennial Conference, here.
Musa said the Federal Government had also endorsed the native court by approving the establishment of a native court institute which would be built in Penampang.
Musa said native courts would also be built in six areas in the state.
In Tawau, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also State Infrastructure Development Minister, said the government was in the process of resolving electricity shortage in the east coast, via short-term and long-term measures.
"As a short-term measure, a generator at the Kubota power station near here would start producing 32MW of electricity soon, which would increase power supply to 96MW daily from 64MW.
"As a long-term measure, the government will team up with a private company to build a geothermal generator in Apas Balung, that would be capable of producing more than 30MW of electricity," he told reporters after visiting Pasar Tanjung with other state leaders here today, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.
Meanwhile, Pairin, who is also Parti Bersatu Sabah President, noted that the Chinese community in Sabah had reacted positively to the various transformation programmes and policies introduced by the Barisan Nasional.
He said it was a good sign of support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who was aware of the needs of the people in Sabah, including the business community.