Published on: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: The issue relating to the sudden mass transfer of five Sabahans and two Sarawakian non-Muslim judicial officers to Peninsular Malaysia will be brought up in Parliament.
Penampang MP Darell Leiking decided to seek a motion in Parliament to have the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court of Malaysia, Azimah Omar, removed.
"National integration can only take place once the Borneonisation process in the Federal department offices in Sabah and Sarawak has achieved its goal," he said.
At the same time, he also wanted to know what the State Government and Cabinet Ministers have done to protect the five senior Sabahan judicial officers as well as the position of the Chief Minister and Cabinet on the issue.
"Their (State Cabinet) silence on this issue is deafening.
"Sabahans are waiting eagerly for their response especially from the Ministers who claim they are fighting for the well being of Sabahans and of the KDM communities since the five senior Sabahan officers are all Kadazandusuns and from Penampang," he said.
However, Leiking said his point of contention was not about the five being from the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut community but rather about "Borneonisation".
He said a very important condition set by Sabah's forefathers and which was explicitly agreed to by the Federal Government is being trampled around, downgrading Sabahans to mere subjects. The degrading treatment of non-politically aligned Sabahan officials, he said, must stop.
"What I could do is to seek a motion in Parliament to recognise the Judicial Autonomy of the High Courts of Sabah and Sarawak.
"And (also) to have the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court in Sabah (who happens to be a non-Sabahan and a non-Sarawakian) to be removed and be replaced by a Sabahan on the point of Borneonisation," he said.