Published on: Sunday, November 03, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: The scheduled transfer of judicial officers from Sabah to the peninsula may be due to their reluctance to endorse late birth registrations of suspected illegal immigrants, DAP Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament, Jimmy Wong Sze Phin claims.
He claimed having reliable information from an unknown group of judges that the transfers were related to their lack of cooperation in endorsing the late birth registrations.
He further alleged that their actions upset the Chief Registrar and hence the transfer as a form of punishment without giving the choice to reject the offer, as they were duty bound in the public service.
"Such transfers had never been done before. This is the first time that Sabah judges are being transferred to the peninsula, which goes against the Borneonisation policy agreed under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement," he told a press conference, here.
Wong noted that late birth registration is an important piece of document to process Malaysian citizenship applications and that the transfer may be part of a plan to give citizenship to illegal immigrants, here.
He said the transfers were also non-beneficial to the officers as it did not include promotion.
"I called on the Barisan Nasional component parties to show their stand in the matter. We (DAP) are against it. We want the Chief Registrar to come clear on the matter," he said.
He also refuted the clarification made by the Office of the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, on Friday, that the transfers were meant to provide the officers exposure and experience.
Noting that there differences in the judicial system of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak and the Federal Court, Wong said peninsula lawyers being transferred here would not be able to identify between illegal immigrants and genuine Sabahans.
He believed the statement from Malanjum's office did not come from Malanjum, but issued on the orders of the Chief Registrar.
"Even if there should be a transfer why not the transfers be only between Sabah and Sarawak," he said.
Meanwhile, Jimmy also took a swipe at City Hall on Saturday for inefficiency in issuing parking tickets.
He claimed that City Hall had issued a summons to a motorist over an offence committed over six years ago, adding that legal notices should no longer have any legal ground beyond three years.
"There is a lack of efficiency on the part of City Hall," he said.
Wong meanwhile stressed that motorists should immediately settle their summonses, than be sorry when their offences are brought to court.
He noted that offenders would still obtain a 50 per cent discount on their fines but would not be able to get any once the offence has been brought to court.
He also advised motorists try and avoid illegal parking despite the city being congested due to many developments.
"City Hall must expedite plans to provide enough parking spaces in the city such as building multi-storey car park to curb illegal parking in the city."
Furthermore, he said such development should also remain under the purview of the local government as there had been instances in the past where parking space development was turned into commercial.
"City Hall should keep parking rates reasonable," he said.