A RM100 million federal government funding will give the judicial presence of the native courts in Sabah a big boost.
PENAMPANG: The Sabah Native Court institution has been given a RM60 million allocation from the federal government.
The funding will be used, among others, for setting up a state native court building, upgrading and constructing stand-alone native court buildings in four residencies throughout Sabah as well as training native chiefs and those others involved in the native court process.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister and Upko leader Bernard Dompok said the allocation was approved during the first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera chaired by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Feb 7.
“The RM60 million for the Sabah native court is part of the RM100 million initial funding for various special programmes for Bumiputeras in Sabah in the 10th Malaysia Plan,” said Dompok, who is also the committee’s technical committee chairman.
He said that during the meeting, Najib approved RM100 million each to Sabah and Sarawak, adding that Sarawak will use almost all its share (RM100 million) for resolving its native customary rights (NCR) issue.
Dompok, who is Penampang MP, said that the remaining RM40 million (from the allocation for Sabah) will be used for other development programmes proposed by the state government for the betterment of Bumiputeras in Sabah.
He said that Upko had also proposed that the status of state native court be upgraded to that of civil and syariah courts.