Passing of first Sabah High Court judge
Published on: Sunday, October 11, 2020
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FORMER High Court Judge Datuk Seri Charles Ho (pic) passed away peacefully on October 4. 

The same week also witnessed the passing of Datuk VK Liew, the former Law Minister under the Pakatan Harapan government.

 However, much as we sympathise with the passing of Liew, nothing was heard or said about that of Ho, who I believe was the first High Court judge in Sabah.

 I had hoped that the Sabah Law Society would at least issue a statement about Ho and his huge contributions to the legal fraternity in Sabah and Sarawak, much as it did for Liew. 

Perhaps citing even some of his landmark decisions on the bench.

 We should be proud of all Sabahans who rise to prominence, more so in a highly esteemed and envied sector as the judiciary. 

This is where the SLS can rise to the occasion. 

I note that early this year, we lost another doyen of the legal fraternity, Tan Sri Peter Lo, and even his passing did not receive any mention from the SLS apart from a condolence advertisement in your paper, which I also contributed as a member of the fraternity.

 Thankfully your paper did its part by highlighting some of the immense contributions of Lo to nation-building who was not only the State’s first local-born lawyer but also set up the State’s first local legal firm and went on to become the first Chinese Chief Minister.

Legal mind

- WE did carry a piece of about half a page on the late Justice Ho by speaking to some of those who knew him. In fact, it appeared in yesterday’s issue (Oct. 10). – Ed 





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